Sewing a handmade Christmas stocking has long been essential to the wonder of the season. Lovingly stitched and hung by the chimney with care, they hold the promise that Santa soon will be there! The shapes are basic, but your personal touches, cheery fabrics and thoughtfully spent time create the magic. Stockings hold more than just gifts, they hold the power of handmade, heartfelt joy!
Basic Stocking Hints & Tips
- Clip, clip, clip! Clipping the seam allowance is the secret to smooth stocking toes and curves. Puckers are not pretty in this case.
- Stocking shapes are generally all the same. Choose the size you like from any of the tutorials below, then follow the directions for finishing in a style you love.
- Choose a size by what will go into your stocking. Don’t make it too narrow or too short. But, don’t make it huge unless you have the budget to stuff it with plenty of gifts!
- Add body and strength to your stockings by using fusible fleece and/or interfacing. This allows you to use luxury fabrics like silk or satin as well as lightweight cottons.
- Make it personal with appliques, monograms, beads and bling. Use machine or hand embroidery or the decorative stitches on your sewing machine to add an extra special, creative touch.
- Think outside the mantle! Stockings can take the place of a gift bag or be filled with ornaments and pinecones for a centerpiece, too.
10 Minute Christmas Stocking
Amber of the Crazy Little Projects blog designed a Handmade Christmas Stocking that’s just right for beginners! Choose ½ yard each of fur, cozy fleece or a charming holiday cotton for the inside and outer layers and in just 10 minutes, you’ll be a stocking pro! Click here for the 10 Minute Christmas Stocking tutorial.
Wool Felt Embroidered Christmas Stocking
Wool blend felt is the basic fabric Melissa of the Polka Dot Chair blog chose for her cozy handmade Christmas stocking. Machine embroidery accents the top and contrast toes complete the warm, homespun look. Click here for the Wool Felt Embroidered Christmas Stocking tutorial.
Fold Over Cuff Cotton Stocking
This adorable cuffed, quilting cotton handmade Christmas stocking links to a free Craftsy pattern in the step by step tutorial. Emily of the Life Sew Savory blog created this charmer and stuffed it with fun, practical gifts along with lots of love. Click here for the Fold Over Cuff Stocking tutorial.
Burlap and Cotton Christmas Stockings
The handmade Christmas stocking designed by Joanne of the Craft Passion blog includes a trick for assembly that you’ll love. Her steps for totally attaching the lining to the outer fabric are perfect for taming ravel-prone burlap! Plan about an hour of time for stitching and enjoy the designer style of Joanne’s stocking. Click here for the Burlap and Cotton Christmas Stocking tutorial.
Upcycled Sweater Stockings
Gather a few wool sweaters, toss them in the washer and dryer then stitch them into an awesome upcycle! Better Homes and Gardens’ beautiful felted sweater handmade Christmas stockings have a sophisticated style perfect for a cold winter holiday. Cuffed or plain, they look cozy enough to wear! Click here for the Upcycled Sweater Stocking tutorial.
Elf Toe Stocking
This handmade Christmas stocking goes beyond the basic toe and becomes delightfully elfish! Sew4Home editor, Liz suggests this stocking for those who have intermediate sewing skills and a little more time to spend. You’ll appreciate the downloadable template and clear steps that lead you through the dimensional curly toe styling! Click here for the Elf Toe Stocking tutorial.
Eight animal and holiday themed topper templates are included in the Woodland Stockings tutorial on the Woman’s Day site. Designed by Marlisse, these adorable critters will make each handmade Christmas stocking unique and magical. They’re designed to be glued together, but sewing them would definitely enhance and secure the heartfelt look! Click here for the Woodland Stockings tutorial.
Deck the halls with stocking garlands . . . . . Quick to stitch and cute as an elf’s ear, these handmade Christmas stockings are great for décor or individual gifts. Melissa of the Polkadot Chair blog made five for her garland, but you can make as many as you please for the length that suits your need. Perfect for fat quarters or leftover quilting scraps, they’ll help you make room for new fabric, too! Click here for the Mini-Stocking Garland tutorial. And, if you need more stocking ideas, Melissa’s post includes a link to 20 more!