It is the best time of the year! Time for hope and cheer! Okay, okay, but really, I love making Christmas stockings. They’re one of those projects that is super fun from the beginning to the end, and best of all, they’re easy! So whip up a whole set for your family, and be sure to check out my Stocking Tag Tutorial to personalize your makes for each member of your household.
If you already have a set of Christmas stockings that you love, creating a set for a new family, a newly married couple, friends, relatives, or anyone else on your list is such a great idea and gift. I remember the frustration my sister felt a couple of years ago as she tried to find a set of stockings that fit her family and her home. What a beautiful personalized gift you can make!
The beauty of these Christmas stockings is that you can get as detailed or as simple as you wish, and they look beautiful either way.
For my large stocking, I did a simple overall hand-quilting crosshatch design with Aurifil 12 thread in #5007. The pop of floral from the binding helps to pull these into the “modern yet rustic” category. The large stocking, finished, measures 14.5″ from cuff to heel, 17.5″ from cuff to toe, and 9″ wide around the cuff. Perfect for really stuffing with all the holiday goodies!
The small stocking was created using scraps from another quilt. Both Inkling and Zippy quilt patterns use the ‘stitch & flip’ technique, and I like to save all my little triangle offcuts and turn them into half square triangles. The HSTs finished at 1″, and I needed 114 of them (!!) to make the front of this stocking! I still had some leftover, so I made a star motif for the back of the stocking. There’s much debate over which way your stockings should point (toe to the left or toe to the right?) so a double-sided stocking seemed like the right way to go here. 😉 This stocking was machine quilted with vertical lines 1″ apart. I didn’t want to detract from the design, but also wanted to make sure that all of those seams were secure. The small stocking, finished, measures 12.5″ from cuff to heel, 13.75″ from cuff to toe, and 6.5″ wide around the cuff. My family likes to put a little something in everyone’s stockings, but it has become harder and harder to fill stockings so that they look “full” without overspending on our budget. This size is the perfect solution for that!
I’ve got fabrics chosen for the rest of the stockings for this collection, I’m just hoping I have enough time left to get them done before the holidays. For both the large and small Christmas stockings, I used Riley Blake Designs Confetti Cottons in Riley White and Hunter. Hunter is absolutely my favorite green color I’ve found in fabric, and it seems to go with everything! I’ve accented them both with Liberty Fabrics’ Winter Flower Show collection.
See below for the video tutorial or keep scrolling for the photo/text tutorial as well!
Quilted Stocking Video Tutorial:
For the Large Christmas Stockings:
- 2.5″ x 19″ rectangle for binding
- 6″ length of 0.5″ twill tape
- 1/2 yard for exterior (5/8 yard if using a directional print) – you can also piece together your stocking using improv, orphan blocks, leftover scraps from other quilts, etc!
- 1/2 yard for lining (5/8 yard if using a directional print)
- 1/2 yard batting (or batting scraps larger than your stocking template – frankenbatt some together!)
- Large Stocking Template
For the Small Christmas Stockings:
- 2″ x 13.5″ rectangle for binding
- 6″ length of 0.5″ twill tape
- 1/3 yard for exterior (1/2 yard if using a directional print) – you can also piece together your stocking using improv, orphan blocks, leftover scraps from other quilts, etc!
- 1/3 yard for lining (1/2 yard if using a directional print)
- 1/3 yard batting (or batting scraps larger than your stocking template – frankenbatt some together!)
- Small Stocking Template
Sewing Supplies You’ll Need:
- Sewing Machine
- Straight pins
- Iron and Ironing board
- Basting spray
1. Print the Stocking Template at 100% scale. Check the 1″ box in the corner to ensure accurate size. Tape your stocking template pieces together then cut it out.
2. Fold your lining fabric with right sides together (wrong sides out) and place your stocking template on top. Trace around, then cut, cutting two layers at once. Sew all the way around the stocking with 1/4 seam allowance, leaving the top edge completely open. Set aside.
3. If using a single fabric for the exterior of your stocking, fold your fabric wrong sides together (right sides out), trace, and cut out. If piecing together your stocking front and back, sew together your pieces until they are large enough to cover the stocking template. You can also use the dotted lines on the template to cut a contrasting heel & toe that you can then applique to the front of the stocking.
4. Baste the exterior pieces to the batting and quilt. Make sure that your pieces are facing opposite directions. If you pieced the front and back, I recommend quilting to the batting before cutting out your stocking. If hand-quilting, check out my hand-quilting video for tips & tricks.
5. With your exterior pieces quilted, cut off the excess batting. I like to sew all the way around the stocking with 1/8″ seam allowance to hold all the layers together. This is optional.
6. Place your two exterior pieces right sides together and sew around the stocking, leaving the top of the stocking open. Turn right side out.
7. Place lining inside stocking, so that the wrong side of the lining is touching the wrong side of the exterior. Pin the layers of the top together, and baste with 1/8″ seam allowance.
8. Fold the twill tape in half, and baste with 1/8″ seam allowance to the back seam of the stocking (the seam closest to the heel of the stocking).
9. Fold your binding fabric in half lengthwise, then open and fold both halves towards the center to create double-fold binding. Sew the two short ends together and press seam open to form a loop. Add binding to your stocking’s top edge, securing all of the layers and the last raw seam. I like to do this by hand, but you can do it by machine as well. Check out the video tutorial on this stocking listed above for tips on applying your binding.
Congratulations, you just made a beautiful stocking! Now to make a whole bunch more Christmas stockings for the whole family! Don’t forget to personalize each stocking with a stocking tag! Find the tutorial & pattern for the stocking tags here!