A Christmas Stocking Tutorial for Beginners [+ FREE Pattern]

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Do the prices of custom made stockings give you sticker shock? Even beginner seamstresses will succeed with this Christmas Stocking Tutorial with a FREE pattern! I know, because I’m a beginner too!

Christmas Stocking Tutorial
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Y’all know I like to sew, right?  Even after about a year of loving the hobby, I still totally consider myself a beginner.  My projects usually turn out great, but it’s quite obvious that their sewn by a beginner, but I’m ok with that.  I take so much pride when I finish a project successfully!

On my queue of Sewing To Do’s for years has been make my own Christmas Stockings.  I’ve always loved the cute, matching, embellished, and personalized family stockings and wanted some for my little family.  The only problem, when you go to search for these lovely stockings, most are between $30-$50 a PIECE!  I just can’t handle that when we’re buying 4!

Christmas Stockings by Fireplace

So, I decided to take a day to sit down and try it.  I’d never know if I could do it unless I tried, right?

Christmas Stocking Tutorial

I was TICKLED with my end result.  So tickled, in fact, that I was so glad I took the time to take pictures during the process so you can make your own Christmas Stockings too – even if you’re a beginner at sewing like me!

Christmas Stocking Tutorial for Beginners

Here’s what you’ll need for this Christmas Stocking Tutorial:

  • Fusible FleeceFusible Fleece1/2 yard of your favorite decorative fabric for each main stocking {this will leave you with a bit of scraps leftover}
  • Fusible Fleece
  • 4.5″ x 9″ of fabric for panel for Top Cuff [if you want a different fabric than your main fabric]
  • 2″ x 7″ piece of fabric for Stocking Hanger
  • Small Wooden Letters for Personalization – this is what I used because I didn’t yet have my Cricut Explore. I got them at a local craft store. You could definitely also use Cricut Heat Transfer Vinyl as well.
  • Stocking Pattern {here’s mine!  Just remember to print in Landscape format and piece together.}

I used a 1/4″ inseam throughout the Christmas Stocking Tutorial Project.

I wanted Christmas-y colors, without Christmas fabrics.  So I chose these coordinating patterns and I love the way they turned out complimenting one another!

Christmas Stocking Tutorial PatternI made my Stocking Pattern from a Dollar Store stocking that I cut up.  I traced the pattern on wax paper then started making my cuts.  This is just about the longest process in the whole tutorial.  I made 2 stocking patterns of fusible fleece for each stocking and matching front and back for each as well.

Make sure you turn the pattern over to cut the back stocking though!

Christmas Stocking Cuff HemI like to get all of my hemming out of the way first thing, so I hemmed all of my coordinating Top Cuff Pieces on the bottom.  You’ll also want to hem your back stocking pieces at the top {not pictured}, so they’ll have a nice finished look when you’re done.

Christmas Stocking HangersThis is also a great time to go ahead and fold your stocking holder and sew it together.  You can sew inside out and flip it around or simply fold it together and sew it closed like I chose to do.  It was simpler and faster!

Once you get all of this done, you’ll want to go ahead and attach your fusible fleece to each stocking cut out.

Moving right along, next it’s time to attach the Top Coordinating Cuff to your front stocking.  I chose to not add a cuff to the back, simply to keep from having to worry about issues lining them up {remember, I’m a beginner} and you really only see the front anyways!

I attached the cuff by laying the right side of the cuff against the fusible fleece of the front stocking as shown below.

Christmas Stocking Attaching CuffThis way, your cuff folds right over the front of your stocking and looks wonderful after a bit of pressing from your iron!

Ironing Christmas Stockings

The next step are those letters – aren’t they adorable?  I chose pretty small wooden letters from the craft department at Hobby Lobby.  Sophia and I painted them so they would coordinate with the stockings and really stand out.  I chose to sew them on by hand, through both the fabric and fleece so it would be sturdy.  Just a couple of stitches over the letters held them in place perfectly!

Wooden Letter Monogram Stockings

I loved the idea of adding the letters onto the stockings.  Since I don’t have an embroidery machine and can’t personalize my stockings that way, this was an easy and inexpensive way of making them truly our own! If you do have a Cricut or similar machine, you can easily cut some HTV monograms or names and they would look lovely!

Pin Together Right Sides - Christmas Stocking TutorialIt’s GO time!  Time to put these stockings together!  I chose not to line the stockings with another piece of fabric.  It would simply mean more work and more money and honestly, they really don’t need lined with the fleece on the inside.

Fusible Fleece by PellonFusible Fleece by PellonA to Z Wood Craft LettersA to Z Wood Craft LettersCricut Iron On Lite, WhiteCricut Iron On Lite, WhiteMantle Stocking HangersMantle Stocking Hangers

Put the right sides of your fabrics together {my front is on top above because you can see the stitching from my Letter!} and pin all the way around.  I loved this project because there is no turning of the fabric, simple and easy!

Stocking Hanger - Christmas Stocking TutorialDon’t forget to attach your Stocking Hanger!  You could always tuck it in between your fleece and fabric if you’re trying to hide it, but I chose to simply sew it against the back of my stocking.

Sewing Christmas StockingsWell, you do have to turn once, but it’s the best turn of all projects – you get to see the finished project!

Christmas Stocking Tutorial

And it’s not too late to make your own!  I did these in just a few hours – once you get all those patterns cut, the project really is a breeze!

Do you have store bought stockings or have you made your own?
Be sure to let me know if you use my Christmas Stocking Tutorial!

If you decide to make your own using my tutorial, please let me know, or better yet, share your final pictures with me!  You can share on Facebook or instagram tagging me!

  1. So I have my fabric, but I don't have the Fusible fleece. Is that a crucial part of the stocking? What does it do? I have regular fleece, will that work? Thank you!
    1. Yay for fabric!!! The fusible fleece simply means that it has this nifty glue type stuff on the back that helps the fleece fuse to your fabric, making it easier to sew with and keep together. Regular fleece would work totally fine, just might be a little more tricky to keep it put together with your fabric without shifting, at least for me because I'm a SUPER beginner. You'll definitely want some sort of fleece or backing because it's going to make your stocking thicker and more sturdy... and it'll hang better. Hope that helps! I want to see your finished stockings!!
  2. I bought a used sewing machine from a lady recently, and I've been so excited to work on my skills. It took me a while to familiarize myself with the machine, and used a few YouTube videos to teach myself how to work it. I think I have a just enough knowledge to make these!! I was going to make cloth napkins for Christmas presents, but I'm now thinking I should make these, and stuff then with the napkins! Thanks for sharing!
  3. G'day Thx for stopping by and sharing this at our #SayGdayParty Pinned Please make sure to return if you haven't already to G'day to the hosts and someone at the party! Cheers! Joanne @ What's On The List
  4. This is awesome. I would love it if you would share this at my party on Welcome to the Woods Wednesday ( It will be up a going on Tuesday evening. Hope to see you there.
  5. We have handmade stockings! But none of them match because I have a hard time staying focused on one project that long. ha! I've got a Craft Gossip post scheduled for this evening that links to your tutorial: --Anne
  6. Super cute!! I am making 4 stockings... Is the fleece the back of your stocking or is that on the inside? I'm a little confused. Haha! Do I cut out a front, back and a fleece? I'm confused as to how there is no turning. Because you can't see any stitching. *First timer here*
    1. Hi Kiera - yes, the fleece is on both side, but on the inside. I didn't cover it with fabric because the fleece is fine - no one ever sees the inside but on Christmas morning and no one is paying attention to the stocking by that point! ;) But I did sew them together - outsides together and turn at the end. My last sentence might have been missed "Well, you do have to turn once, but it’s the best turn of all projects – you get to see the finished project!". :) Good luck!

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