DIY Christmas Stockings: For Beginners

Nothing gets me in the Christmas spirit like decorating the house. Typically my rule is the day after Thanksgiving but James talked me into decorating a week earlier this year. Since we were married, I have been wanting Christmas stockings. Inspired by the beautiful plaid stockings I have been seeing this year, I decided to try my hand (and my novice sewing machine skills) at making Christmas stockings!

James bought me a sewing machine for my birthday a few months ago, so trust me I’m no expert. I may or may not have sewed the stocking shut several times while creating my pattern (okay, I totally did). But don’t worry, I did the hard part for you. Once I got the pattern sorted out, I whipped out the second stocking in less than 30 minutes.

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The plaid of choice!

Here’s What You’ll Need*:

  • fabric
  • felt
  • scissors
  • needle and thread
  • ribbon
  • sewing machine (or hand sew)
  • card stock or paper
  • pen or marker
  • sewing pins

1. Draw a Stocking Template

I drew a stocking shape on the card stock, roughly the size I wanted it to be. My template dimensions were:

Across the top: 7 in 

Top to heel: 14.5 in 

Heel to toe: 10 in

Top to curve at start of foot: 9.5 in

Cut it out, and lay it flat on two pieces of fabric. If your fabric is single-sided, like this one, make sure you the lay pretty-sides of the fabric facing together so that you will have two different sides of the stocking.

2. Outline the Christmas Stocking

I outline the stocking with permanent marker about 1 inch away from the template.

3. Cut Through Both Pieces of Fabric

Pretty self explanatory. Again, make sure the pretty side of the fabric, or the side you want exposed is sandwiched in the middle.

 4. Pin the Template

Using sewing pins, I secured the template to the stocking.

5. Sew Along the Template 

With my sewing machine, I sewed close to the edge of the template, on all sides except the top! 

6. Flip Right-Side Out

And check your progress! I found that my stocking was not laying flat at first, and I though I had sewn it poorly! But once I flipped it inside-out again, and  trimmed down the edges on the inside so they were closer to the seam, they stocking laid perfectly.

7. Cut the Felt into Two Rectangles

Hold on, it gets a liiiitle bit tricky here!  Thankfully James was there to help me figure out what needs to right side in and inside out!

Now you are making the cuff of the stocking. I cut two pieces of white sparkly felt  approximately 8 in L x 8.5 in W.

Flip your stocking inside out again. And lay it flat on top of the felt, overleaping about 2.5 inches. If your felt is sparkly or one-sided, the side you want exposed as the cuff should be facing you.

Before I cut the felt into separate pieces

8. Pin the Felt to the Stocking 

Pin the bottom of the exposed side of the felt to the inside of the stocking, about 2.5 inches down.

9. Flip the Stocking and Felt

CAREFULLY (remember, there are pins) flip your stocking right-side out.  You’ll see that the felt will lay flat but the plaid stocking will have a fold in it.

This is what it should look like laying flat. I know you’re thinking that’s a big cuff, but bear with me… 

10. Sew the Cuff to the Stocking

Sew the folded edge of the plaid stocking the the edge of the white felt. You’ll be working from the inside of the stocking.

Once you’ve sewn all around the opening of the stocking, this is what you’ll have.


11. Sew the Cuff Together

Keeping the felt as pictured above, sew the two vertical sides of the cuff from bottom to top, keeping with the same width of the stocking. Do not sew along the top or bottom horizontally. 

12. Fold the Cuff Down

Fold the cuff to cover the exposed edge of the folded stocking. When looking in the stocking, you’ll see mostly felt. I feel like this also helps give the stocking support and shape. 

13. Sew a Loop for Hanging

Using ribbon, I hand sewed a loop of ribbon into the inside of the cuff. I placed it about 1-inch down to give the stocking some support. I only sewed through the inside of the cuff, so that it was not exposed on the outside of the stocking. 

13. Hang! 

Hang those Christmas stockings and enjoy the most wonderful time of the year!

I really like how these Christmas stockings turned out! They add the finishing touch to our cozy Christmas space.

Merry Christmas!

Sew On, 

Merry Christmas from River!

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