Christmas Stocking Tutorial

by Kelsey Norwood

in Crafts,Sewing,Uncategorized

As we unearthed all our Christmas decorations this year I realized we had a stocking crisis. There are now 5 people in our family and we only had 3 stockings and they were hideous.

The only solution to having cute, personalized, and coordinating stockings for our whole family was to make some! So it went on the Do It Now list.

Here’s what you need to make stockings for your family:


  • 1/4 – 1/3 yard Christmas quilting fabric for each stocking (if you do several you’ll have enough left over to mix and match for the cuffs – I used fabric from several different designers, the red polka dot fabric print is Michael Miller Ta Dot)
  • 1/4 yard lining fabric (I used solid white)
  • solid colored scraps for toes and names
  • 1/2 yard medium weight fusible interfacing for each stocking (interfacing is usually not very wide and isn’t a double width so you need quit a bit, but it’s inexpensive)
  • coordinating ribbon


1. Cut 4 stockings – 2 from quilting fabric and another 2 from lining fabric.

I used this pattern from this tutorial and traced around it to make it a little bigger). Be sure to cut a front and a back by making sure the fabric is either right sides together or wrong sides together.

2. Create a toe and heel pattern by tracing those portions of the stocking pattern onto another piece of paper. Or wing it.

You can do a heel and toe on the front and back sides of the stocking, but I just did the front side. No one is ever going to see the back side, so it wasn’t worth the extra work…

3. After cutting out the toe and heel, press the straight edge under 1/4″.

4. Pin toe and heel pieces to the stocking front piece

5. And sew to the stocking front.

6. With a Sharpie or other marker (fabric or otherwise) trace the stocking pattern onto a double layer of interfacing. Cut 1/4″ inside the line so the interfacing is within the seam allowances of the actual stocking pieces.

7. Press the interfacing pieces to the stocking front and back and sew, right sides together and making sure the toe and heel pieces are laying flat in the middle, with a 1/4″ seam.

Sew the stocking lining together now also using a 1/2″ seam and trim the seam allowances down to 1/4″. Don’t turn – leave lining right side in.

8. Notch the curved seams.

9. And press seams open. A mini iron is much easier to use on these small seams, but a regular one will work too.

10. Turn stocking right side out and insert lining into stocking. Trim across the top edge so the lining and stocking match up. (You could baste around the top to keep the lining and stocking pieces from shifting but you don’t have to.)

10. Cut the cuff pieces – I cut mine 7.5″ x 15.25″ but your pattern probably won’t be exactly the same size as mine, so for the HEIGHT decide how tall you want the cuff to be, multiply that number by 2 and add 1/2″.

For the WIDTH, measure the FINISHED width of the top of your stocking (minus seam allowances), multiply by 2 and add 1/2″.

Cut the cuff piece and press in half the long way and then in half again the short way.

11. If you’re going to applique a name on, position it just as you see above – in the top left quadrant, centered from the outside edge and right side crease and about 3/4″ above the bottom crease.

(To learn how to cut fabric letters with a Cricut or other die cutting machine, read my Cricut Cutting Fabric tutorial here.)

12. Sew the cuff into a tube by folding it in half and sewing a 1/4″ inch seam there on the right hand side in the picture.

13. Fold the cuff so wrong sides are together with raw edges matching up. Cut a 5″ piece of ribbon and pin to the seam. (I want the ribbon to be on the left side because my stockings are going to face to the right.)

14. Find the halfway point directly across from the seam and mark with a pin.

15. Insert the cuff inside the stocking with the name on the outside and matched up to the front of the stocking. So from outside layer in you should have stocking front, lining front, cuff front with the name, cuff back. (The little ribbon piece should be in between the stocking/lining layer and the cuff and it should be pointing down into the stocking.)

Match the side seams on the stocking with the side seam of the cuff on the left side and the pin you used to mark the halfway point on the right.

16. Press seams and turn cuff to outside.

All done! I made 5 in just a few hours and everything went smooth after I sewed “Dad” on upside down…I’ll fix it someday.

Now I can easily add stockings that coordinate as we have more children. I love how these turned out!

Merry Christmas!!!


{ 19 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Keri December 13, 2011 at 11:53 am

those are SO CUTE!!!

2 Tara October 21, 2012 at 3:06 pm

Can you please tell me who makes the “Landon” Green stripe fabric??? I can’t find it anywhere online! TIA

3 Kelsey October 22, 2012 at 12:36 pm

I bought that last year and have no idea! Sorry! Does anyone else know?

4 Tara November 4, 2012 at 12:09 pm

Do you have a half a yard you could sell me lol! or fat quarter size

5 Aly Warburton December 7, 2012 at 10:50 am

First of all I have to say these are super cute, I found you on pinterest. I wanted to make stockings this year and thought this is a great idea! My material looks much different, but the same idea. My mom, who is an excellent sewer, was helping me. We followed your directions, everything was great until we put the name on and tried to put the cuff on. The directions did not make sense. The name would have been upside down and the seam on the outside of the stocking. Maybe we just misunderstood, We were able to modify it and they turned out great! I just wanted to make sure the tutorial is correct before someone else runs into the same problem. Again thanks for your idea!

6 Jennifer December 11, 2012 at 4:15 pm

Hi — I”m hoping you can help me. I have been following your directions to a T and I’m completely stuck on the last step. I have the cuff inserted into the stocking, but I just can’t see how/where to sew so that the cuff can fold out with the name right side up on the outside of the stocking. (if it makes any difference, I’m putting the ribbon on the opposite side so the stockings hang to the left.) Thank you in advance — I love the pattern!

7 Demaroge December 11, 2012 at 6:19 pm

Hi Kelsey! I love your stockings! They are adorable. I think the upside down DAD is great! It gives your stockings such a personal touch of humor. Besides, not many homes are truly as perfect as your stockings look anyway!

I also wonder if you like your mini iron? Have you had it long? Will it last? I read reviews about the $10 one at jo-ann’s … that said it was a waste of money. So, I was wondering if you like yours, if you like it…. what brand is it? and where did you find it?

Thanks for the nice tutorial. I am making stockings for my newly wed son and his wife. I will post pics here if you want to see them later!

8 Jennifer December 11, 2012 at 7:34 pm

Annnnd…nevermind. My engineering husband figured it out. THanks again for the directions!

9 Kelsey Norwood December 11, 2012 at 9:34 pm

Okay, I sewed my first one (Dad’s) upside down, but the instructions are correct.

Make sure the cuff is INSIDE the stocking with the RIGHT side of the cuff (the side with the name on it) against the WRONG side of the stocking. IT will be INSIDE the stocking in exactly the same position it will be when finished.

Sew the seam around the top and then flip the cuff up and over to the outside. If you have it pinned correctly, the name will be right side up and the seam will be on the inside.

Hope that helps!

10 Kelsey Norwood December 11, 2012 at 9:36 pm

Demaroge – I do like my mini iron, it’s a Clover (sold at Michaels and I think JoAnn) and I think it’s around $30 full price? Or it was when I bought it. Who knows with all the inflation going on these days…:) Anyway I don’t use it a lot because I’m just not in the habit but I should! So many times I want to use it and can’t find it, etc. I’m going to use it more, thanks for reminding me about it!

11 Kelsey Norwood December 11, 2012 at 9:36 pm

Oh good, explaining in words is sometimes just so confusing!!

12 Kelsey Norwood December 11, 2012 at 9:37 pm

Aly, I think the instructions are confusing because sometimes these things are just so hard to explain verbally. Look at the pictures and see if that makes more sense. They key is to make sure you sew the cuff into a tube first and then make sure you have it on the INSIDE of the stocking with the right side of the cuff against the wrong side of the stocking. I guess I need to make a video…

13 Demaroge December 12, 2012 at 1:04 pm

I am making mine with a lining. So these are my steps:

1 – Cut the sock fabric folded (so there will be two – a front and back.) Add on the toes and heels here if want them.

1a – To sew on toe/heel – Align the toe piece with the straight side of the toe across the sock backwards. The curve of the toe will be away from the curve of the sock. The line will touch the edges of the sock. The fabric will be right sides [faces kiss ;* ] together. It will look weird! Sew close to the edge of the fabric at the straight line of the toe only. Iron the toe/heel back into place. Now it will look right … and the curve will be sewn into the sock. Sewing the curve down to the sock fabric will keep it in place, too, if you want!

2 – Repeat step 1 for the lining fabric.

3 – Stitch the sewing line along the perimeter of the sock leaving the top open (where the presents go!)

4 – Repeat step 3 for the lining fabric.

5 – Notch or clip around the curves.

6 – Insert the lining into the sock.

7 – Match the cuff strip right sides together [fabric faces kiss ;* ] Leave a bit of seam allowance at the loop side. If you have lettering the lettering would be upside-down closest to the raw edge of the cuff on the front of the sock.

8 – Sew around the top near the raw edge. This will be all three layers. The sandwich will be one layer of cuff fabric, one layer of sock fabric and one layer of lining fabric.

9 – Seam the cuff adding in the loop for hanging. Make certain that the loop will be hanging OUT of the stocking and not hiding in the cuff! Pin it in place and then flip your cuff and check.

9 – Fold cuff to the inside and hand stitch [or use your sewing machine if you have a great way to do it!] with then the inside lining.

Now that I have typed it out step by step I may be able to do it from memory! LOL! I will print it out, just in case!

Have a Merry Christmas!

14 Demaroge December 12, 2012 at 1:17 pm

I would highly suggest pinning your cuff and flipping it to make sure you have the name the right way!

15 Kristie December 18, 2012 at 3:16 pm

Thanks for the tutorial. It was exactly what I was looking for. I want to be able to make more as we have more kids.

16 Meagan November 15, 2014 at 6:33 pm

Would my stockings turn out okay if I used a 100% cotton for the stocking and 65%/35% poly cotton blend for the cuff?

17 Kelsey Norwood November 17, 2014 at 10:58 pm

For sure – go for it!

18 karen November 19, 2014 at 9:56 pm

I have been making this method of stockings for years. As my family grew I have continuously added more. As years pass the material has changed. Now that my children are grown I wanted to make sure each family got their stockings, but since our children are so far apart I have decided to take the stockings apart and make them into patchwork so each family can share a little of each other even though they can’t always be together.

19 Christina December 23, 2014 at 9:39 pm

Thanks for the tutorial. It gave me just the right idea and motivation to get my boys’ stockings done in the nick of time!

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