Making everything at Christmas homemade has always made me happy and reminded me of my childhood. These days everything is mass produced, and everything looks the same. I wanted to spruce up our mantle and make Christmas even more special this year which is why I made and wanted to share these easy peasy Christmas Stockings with you and have included a FREE pattern to make sewing these Christmas stockings even easier!
Making your own Christmas Stockings is pretty easy, especially if you have some basic knowledge of sewing and your machine, but if this is one of your first projects and you’re just learning, practice the stitches and turning things inside out on some scrappy fabric. Believe me after making one of these stockings you’ll be able to zip right through the rest. The free pattern I have included is in PDF format, just print and assemble then you’re ready to go. If you don’t want to use a pattern and have an old stocking laying around, you can use that as your pattern; just make sure to add an extra 2″ around the edges to allow for seams.
The first step in making these stockings is to of course buy the fabric you want for each family member. Again, since I can’t really get out to the store to shop, I get all of my fabric online. I got this awesome Snowman and Reindeer fabric from a little Etsy shop called The Fabric Shoppe. The fabrics are very modern, and aren’t like anything you’d find in Joann or another big fabric store. And this makes Christmas even more special because your Christmas stockings will look even more homemade and less mass produced because of the unique fabrics. The Fabric Shoppe sent my fabric right away, and it came in a sealed bag, neatly folded and pressed. I was very, very impressed with how my fabric arrived – it doesn’t even come like this when you get it in person – another reason to shop at a small store like The Fabric Shoppe.
How To Sew Your Own Christmas Stockings:
FREE Christmas Stocking Pattern (PDF)
1/4 yard or FAT quarter EACH of TWO coordinating fabrics like these Reindeer and Snowman Fabrics from The Fabric Shoppe – one for lining and one for the outside
6″x2″ rectangle of scrap/leftover fabric to hang
Start by printing this FREE Christmas Stocking Pattern. Cut the pattern out and fold the edges around the grey (A) lines. Tape together.
Cutting The Fabric:
Cut TWO 11″x17″ rectangles with WRONG sides together of each of your fabrics. I used two different fabrics for the outside of my stocking and just a simple red fabric I had laying around for the lining so that I could show off the beautiful fabrics for the outside I got from The Fabric Shoppe!
Cut 6″x2″ rectangle and fold in half both length and width wise, then press to create a loop to hang stocking. Sew along the short seam and set aside.
Assembling The Stocking:
Place stocking template on the fabrics with WRONG sides together, and cut TWO stocking shapes of both the outside and lining fabrics. Make sure that the toe faces both directions for each fabric. This is why we place the matching fabrics wrong sides together.
Match up one of the OUTSIDE pieces of fabric with one of the LINING pieces with the toes pointing the same way.
Match the outside and the lining fabric with RIGHT sides together, and sew a 1/4″ seam along the top of the two pieces. I like to reinforce this seam by going over the line with a zig zag stitch. Repeat with the remaining fabric for backside. Press seam with an iron or your hair straightener. For smaller projects like this I like to use my hair straightener because it’s one, easier to use and two, is easy to press small seams.
Next, match up the stockings with the outside and lining fabrics with RIGHT sides together. Pin the loop you made in place with the raw edges pointing out towards the raw edges of the stocking and the loop facing in (on the right side of the fabrics) about 1/4″ below the center seams on the other fabric side (where you attached outside and lining fabric together) match the rest of the stocking together, pin in place and sew a 1/4″ seam along the raw edges of the whole stocking (both lining and outside pieces), leaving a 1.5″ gap on the lining fabric between the seam attaching the lining and outer fabric and the heel.
With pinking sheers or very carefully with your scissors, cut notches in the curve of the heel and toe of both the outer and lining fabric. This will help making everything look nicer when you finish your project. Clip the notches close to the seam without actually cutting through the seam.
Finishing The Stocking:
Turn stocking right side out and carefully shape the outside of the stocking by using your hand or a chopstick to make the curves in the toe and heel, and sew the the gap in the lining fabric closed. Press the stocking with your iron or a hair straightener.
Tuck the lining inside the stocking and carefully shape until the curves look good. Press again. If you want, you can fold the top of the stocking down to make a cuff, or you can just hang your stocking as is and you’re done!
Like I mentioned before, if you’re just learning, make a practice Christmas stocking to see how it comes out, and where you need to fix things. The more stockings you make after that will get easier and even faster to make. I was able to make all three of our stockings during Anthony’s nap time!
Share your completed Christmas Stockings in the comments below!
Incase you missed it above, click the link below for the FREE printable Christmas Stocking Pattern: