The age old question is, how to personalize your Christmas stockings? Wait, that’s not a question in your house? Just mine? Well, anyways ;). Whether your stockings are homemade or store-bought, brand new or passed down through the generations, you can personalize them with the names of all your family members by adding this stocking tag!
Not only would this tag be perfect for Christmas stockings, but would also be good as a reusable tag on gifts! The tutorial below walks you through step-by-step on creating your very own stocking tags so that every stocking in your home is personalized. Although I hand-embroided the one in the tutorial, I also made a second one later on and used my sewing machine. For the tag below, I followed the tutorial up to fusing on the fleece. Then, I used the walking foot on my machine to slowly trace around the lines I had drawn. I took my time, going slowly, until I had gone all the way around. I filled in the holes in the center of the name, then tied all of my ends off on the back. If you don’t want to hand-embroider, consider using the machine, doing some hand quilting, or machine embroidery!
- (1) 3″ x 18″ strip of fabric (front & back)
- 3″ x 7.5″ fusible fleece, batting, or interfacing (I used fusible fleece)
- Large Eyelet (1/4″ opening) and eyelet tool
- Baker’s twine, string, ribbon, or twine
- Stocking Tag Pattern
- Thread, tracing pencil, sewing machine
1. Download and print the Stocking Tag Pattern at 100% scale. Check the scale with the 1″ square on the pattern.
2. Write the name on the tag pattern. The outside line of your pattern is where you’ll cut your fabric. The inside line is your seam allowance, or the space in which you have to write the name for the tag.
3. Place your fabric over the template and trace the name onto the fabric. Also trace the dot for the eyelet placement and the perimeter of the tag.
4. Fuse your fabric to the fusible fleece. I like to leave a bit of room on either side, but you can trim your tag front if you wish. Embroider the name using your preferred method. For Riley’s name, I hand-embroidered using red Aurifloss thread. For Jason’s name in the introduction above, I stitched using my sewing machine.
5. Trim your stocking tag front, and cut out a stocking tag back the same size.
6. Place stocking tag back right sides together with stocking tag front and sew all the way around with 1/4″ seam allowance, leaving about a 2″ gap open for turning the tag right side out.
7. Turn tag right side out, press, and top-stitch 1/8″ all the way around.
8. Poke a hole where your dot was for the eyelet, and add your eyelet to the tag. Cut a piece of twine or ribbon and feed it through the hole.
Affix your tag to your stocking! Admire your handiwork and know that no one will get confused or fight over their stockings ever again ;).