"Christmas is just right around the corner and that means we’re getting a head start on spreading the cheer with this DIY stocking tutorial."
It’s that time again! Christmas is just right around the corner and that means we’re getting a head start on spreading the cheer with this DIY stocking tutorial. Have fun customizing it with the fabric of your choice to make it the perfect addition to your holiday decor.
You will need:
- 1 fat quarter 18in x 22in / 46cm x 56cm Christmas fabric for outer layer
- 1 fat quarter 18in x 22in / 46cm x 56cm solid fabric for lining
- 1 fat quarter 18in x 22in / 46cm x 56cm coordinating accent fabric for cuffs, heel and toe (if piecing outer)
- Quilt batting or fusible fleece 18in x 22in / 46cm x 56cm
- Thread and button to match your fabric
- 6in / 15cm ribbon to make a hanging loop
On a large piece of paper or cardstock, draw out your stocking. Our finished dimensions are 11” x 16” (28cm x 40cm). You can also find a free PDF downloadable pattern online to use if you wish. We pieced the outer layer to include a heel and toe section by tracing around the main section and cutting off a curved heel section and a straight toe section. Add ¼ in / 0.75cm seam allowance to each piece where you cut the pattern apart. If you would rather not piece the outer stocking (the heel and toe pieces), then just use your pattern as-is. Use a ¼ in / 0.75cm seam allowance for all seams unless otherwise specified.
Cut your fabric as follows:
- Christmas fabric – 2 mirror images of main stocking piece
- Lining fabric – 2 mirror images of main stocking piece
- Accent fabric – 4 cuffs (the narrower part of the cuff will be the top, if your fabric is directional), 2 mirror images of heel accent piece, 2 mirror images of toe accent piece
- Batting/fusible fleece – 2 mirror images of main stocking piece, 2 cuffs
Sew the narrower part of the cuff onto the top of each inner and outer stocking right sides together. Press the seams to one side.
If using a label, centre it on a lining piece about 1in / 2.5cm down from the cuff seam. Sew together close to the edge of the label.
Sew the heel and toe accent pieces on. The toe is easy because it’s a straight line seam, but you will need to pin/clip the heel piece on at the edges and in the middle, then keep the raw edges aligned as you sew along the curve. Press the seam allowances towards the main fabric.
Pin the batting onto the wrong side of the outer stockings and baste together close to the raw edges, or fuse together if using fusible fleece. You could also add batting/fleece to the cuff if desired.
Pin/clip the outer stockings right sides together, matching all seams and sew together. Don’t sew across the top of the stocking! Clip the curves so that they lie flat when the stocking is the right way out.
Repeat for the linings. You don’t need to clip the curves here, but don’t forget to leave a 4in / 10cm gap for turning. Backstitch at either side of the turning hole and press the seam allowance open to make it easier to sew closed later on.
Turn the outer stocking the right way out and place it inside the lining, right sides together and making sure the toes are pointing in the same direction. Line up the raw edges around the cuff and pin/clip them together, matching the side seams. Sew together.
Turn the stocking the right way out through the turning hole you left earlier. You can either sew it closed by hand using a ladder stitch or simply pin/clip the edges together and sew close to the edge with your sewing machine.
Tuck the lining inside the outer stocking and press, then fold the cuff down and press again.
Sew the ribbon and button on to the top left corner of your stocking, through the cuff and the main part of the stocking. Make sure your stitches are strong so that they don’t break when Santa fills the stocking!