Tuesday, December 18, 2018

FREE Pattern: Classic Christmas Stocking

It's our baby's first Christmas and that means an extra stocking to hang.  It only seemed fair I'd make one for our littlest guy since his big sister has a handmade one from hers (the older kids were pre-Sew Can Do skills).  

I whipped this up last minute, but it's got a personalized embroidered cuff that's nice and plush, with a hint of silver sparkle:

And a full sized body that holds its shape well, even when filled.

Plus the added bonus of beautiful Christmas angels to make it festive & faith-filled.

I wavered between a whimsical design or going traditional. I even asked for some input on the Sew Can Do Facebook page to help figure it out, and ultimately decided on traditional.

Having a classic stocking that he won't outgrow seemed like a smart idea and I loved the idea of using this vibrant angel print and adding a plush cuff.

Make a classic Christmas stocking that can be used year after year and by choosing a faith-themed fabric like our Silent Night Angels, it adds more of the Christ in Christmas message!

I'm so pleased with how this turned out I had to make it into a FREE pattern for everyone!  

- My FREE Christmas Stocking Pattern HERE
- 1/2 yd cotton fabric (mine is Silent Night Angels)
- 1/4yd fleece (mine is luxury fleece with metallic specks)

- 1/2 yd fusible fleece or batting- 8 inch strip of double fold bias tape or ric-rac
- Heavy duty needle

Optional - if machine embroidering - cutaway & water soluble stabilizers

Finished Size: 10in wide by 17in high

Download the pattern and print at 100% scale.  Measure the printout against the 1 inch sets box to confirm sizing is correct.  Cut out all 3 pieces and tape together at tops & bottoms as indicated.

While fabric is folded, cut two pairs of stockings for outside and lining

Cut a 9 inch high x 17 inch wide rectangle from the fleece for the cuff.  If machine embroidering a name on like I did, cut a piece of cutaway and water soluble stabilizers each in the same size.  The cutaway will be hooped under the fabric, the water soluble will be floated on top (using a little spray adhesive).  The top left quadrant of the fabric is where the name will be.

Mark center based on size of lettering and embroider the name on.  Peel away the top stabilizer and cut the excess away from the back. Hand embroidery or heat transfer are other options for personalizing.

To make the cuff, fold fleece with right sides facing short ends together.  Stitch with a 1/4 inch seam allowance.  

Bring raw edges together with the name side facing out.

Let's switch to the stocking body now.

Affix fusible fleece or batting onto the wrong side of the outer stocking pieces.  Fusible fleece can be ironed on, if using batting, add some spray adhesive to hold it in place.  

Place stocking pairs together, right sides facing and pin around sides.  

Stitch with a 3/8 inch seam allowance.  Clip or pinking cut around the curves to make them easier to turn.  

Turn outer stocking right side out and press.  Insert lining stocking into outer and baste together along the top. 

Baste the raw edges of the cuff together.

With raw edges of cuff and stocking facing, match up side seams and pin through all layers.  Stitch together.

Fold the raw edge downward and top stitch all the way around.  It will look like this on the inside:

Fold cuff down on the outside, just shy of the seam. If using bias tape, stitch open side closed.  Fold bias tape in half and stitch it to the inside of the stocking cuff by the seam.  

Now the stocking is ready to hung by the chimney and wait for Santa to fill it!

Merry Christmas!


  1. Lovely stocking! Thanks for sharing the tutorial and your pattern! I need to make a couple of stockings in the next two days...thanks again!

    1. I'm so glad this came in handy for you Karla - I'd love to see them!

  2. It's lovely! Thank you for sharing the tutorial and the pattern at The Really Crafty Link Party, and happy holidays!

  3. That is adorable and a treasure that he will have forever.
    Thank You for pattern as well as the tutorial. Now, if only I had a machine that would do the embroidery for me.
    Love the little heads on your pins. Haven't seen anything like them.
    Wishing you and your family a Very Merry Christmas and a Happy & Blessed New Years

    1. Thanks so much Colleen. Brother makes a great dual machine that's very reasonably priced. I shared more about mine & how it works here: http://www.sewcando.com/2012/02/crafty-gear-411-learning-to-machine.html

      I've found it totally worth the investment with all the wonderful things I've been able to make for us and give as gifts.

      The pins were from Hobby Lobby - they have the cutest pins for sure. Have a very Merry Christmas & Peace-filled New Year too!!


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