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How to make beautiful Christmas stockings // FREE tutorial Megan Nielsen Design Diary

How to make beautiful Christmas stockings // FREE tutorial Megan Nielsen Design Diary

When I was a kid my brother and I used to love decorating for Christmas. We really went overboard covering everything in tinsel – but I think my favourite thing was my Christmas stocking. My granny made ours, and hand painted (ever so perfectly) our names across them and put little decorations and bells on them. They are honestly just gorgeous.

So being the sentimental fool that I am, I obviously wanted our kids to have something really special too. I (admittedly) probably went a little overboard with the details, but I really love how they turned out!

I made the first three a few years ago when Bunny was a few months old, and this year made a fourth for little Buddy (I didn’t make him one last year since we were in Australia for Christmas). I’m really glad I made the effort to have extra materials lying around for these, because I was able to keep things looking quite consistent. Though each one is entirely unique, I think they co-ordinate nicely!

Want to make one too? Here’s how!

// Materials //

I’ve been using a free Mccalls pattern for years and still love it – They have really great directions – but since i differed in quite a few instances i decided to do my own instructions too.

  • Main stocking fabric – I used Christmas fabric from Jo-Anns. It’s about $5 a yard, and you’ll only need 1/4 of a yard for one stocking or fat quarters
  • Toe, heel & hanging loop fabric – I one again used Christmas fabric from Jo-Anns. You only need a teensie amount for this. You could probably even just buy a fat quarter.
  • Lining fabric – 1/4 yard (not included in the mccalls version, but i like to use it.
  • Cuff – I used felt from Jo-Anns, but I think fleece would look just as good – or else you could use the Christmas print fabric like for the Toe, heel & loop.
  • Interfacing – I like my stockings to be fluffy. So i  interlined them with felt, you don’t need to do this, you could totally leave it out – otherwise things like felt, fleece, quilt batting or interfacing would work nicely to stiffen up and fluff up your stockings
  • Decorative details – I use a little green felt to make leaves, I also bought some bells and glitter glue to write everyones names on

// Make it //

Cut out all your pieces, and make sure they are ironed.
How to make beautiful Christmas stockings // FREE tutorial Megan Nielsen Design Diary
Fold in the seam allowance on the toe and heal pieces and iron flat.
How to make beautiful Christmas stockings // FREE tutorial Megan Nielsen Design Diary
Pin them to the front of the stocking, and then topstitch. I used gold thread!
How to make beautiful Christmas stockings // FREE tutorial Megan Nielsen Design DiaryHow to make beautiful Christmas stockings // FREE tutorial Megan Nielsen Design Diary
For the loop instead of using ribbon as they suggested, I used the same fabric as for hte heels and toes. I cut a rectangle 2.5″ by 8″. Folded it in half and sewed down the length of it 1/2″ from the raw edge. Then turned it the right way round and pressed.
How to make beautiful Christmas stockings // FREE tutorial Megan Nielsen Design DiaryHow to make beautiful Christmas stockings // FREE tutorial Megan Nielsen Design DiaryHow to make beautiful Christmas stockings // FREE tutorial Megan Nielsen Design Diary
Now take your two main fabric stockings and place them right sides together. Then place your fleece/felt/batting fabric on either side, pin and then sew 1/2″ from the raw edge. Turn the stocking the right way round.
How to make beautiful Christmas stockings // FREE tutorial Megan Nielsen Design DiaryHow to make beautiful Christmas stockings // FREE tutorial Megan Nielsen Design DiaryHow to make beautiful Christmas stockings // FREE tutorial Megan Nielsen Design DiaryHow to make beautiful Christmas stockings // FREE tutorial Megan Nielsen Design DiaryPlace your two lining pieces together with right sides facing each other and sew 1/2″ from the raw edge. Then place the lining inside the stocking.
How to make beautiful Christmas stockings // FREE tutorial Megan Nielsen Design DiaryHow to make beautiful Christmas stockings // FREE tutorial Megan Nielsen Design Diary
Turn the stocking inside out, and pin the loop to the top edge. I like to place mine on the heel side, slightly towards the back of the stocking (it seems to hang better that way)
How to make beautiful Christmas stockings // FREE tutorial Megan Nielsen Design Diary
For the cuff I cut a rectangle to be 10″ x15″. Folded it in half width ways, and sewed 1/2″ form the raw edge. Then i folded it down encasing the raw edges, and making sure that the seams lay flat.
How to make beautiful Christmas stockings // FREE tutorial Megan Nielsen Design DiaryHow to make beautiful Christmas stockings // FREE tutorial Megan Nielsen Design DiaryHow to make beautiful Christmas stockings // FREE tutorial Megan Nielsen Design DiaryPlace the cuff over the stocking so that the raw edges match up. Pin and then sew 1/2″ from the raw edge.
How to make beautiful Christmas stockings // FREE tutorial Megan Nielsen Design DiaryHow to make beautiful Christmas stockings // FREE tutorial Megan Nielsen Design Diary
Turn the stocking the right way round, then fold down the cuff to enclose the raw edges.
How to make beautiful Christmas stockings // FREE tutorial Megan Nielsen Design DiaryHow to make beautiful Christmas stockings // FREE tutorial Megan Nielsen Design DiaryHow to make beautiful Christmas stockings // FREE tutorial Megan Nielsen Design Diary
Add some decorations! I cut green leaves from felt, and sewed them on by hand along with some bells. I call them mommy’s stocking alarms – since if they’re ringing I know someone is peeking!!!
How to make beautiful Christmas stockings // FREE tutorial Megan Nielsen Design Diary
The very last thing I did (not pictured) was to write all our names in gold glitter glue. I really love how these turned out!!!
How to make beautiful Christmas stockings // FREE tutorial Megan Nielsen Design Diary

 

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Meg is the Founder and Creative Director of Megan Nielsen Patterns, and is constantly dreaming up ideas for new sewing patterns and ways to make your sewing journey more enjoyable! She gets really excited about design details and is always trying to add way too many variations to our patterns.

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Pam Speak
10 years ago

These are seriously so gorgeous! I don’t have a mantel piece but as soon as I do I’m going to make these!

Pip pip!

Pam (Geek Chic)

Virginie's Cinema
10 years ago

Very cute tutorial and result! When I become a mommy I want to be just like you ;)

Stockings are my favorite part of Christmas and mine is made by my grand-mother too, it has little dwarves on it, he he!

Happy Holiday Megan!

Virginie ?

Rachel W.
10 years ago

Really cute stockings! I should make us some!

What really caught my eye in these photos, though, was the little holly garland strung across the wall in the background! It’s too adorable for words.

Deborah
Deborah
10 years ago

you need to clip your seams along the curves so you don’t get that puckering! That’s pretty basic technique. O_o

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Andrea Maniaci-Hart
4 years ago

I just wanted to say thank you for your tutorial! I know this is an older post but I made five stockings following this a few years ago and have absolutely loved them. We added a new kitty to the family last spring and he needed his own stocking to add to the collection and I’m so happy I was able to find this again. Thank you!

Jayne
Jayne
3 years ago

Hello! I’ve just come across your post and I love the stockings! Looks like the pattern isn’t available on the McCall’s website anymore. :( Do you happen to have any leads on where I might find it now? I have been searching and this is the only stocking I can find that has the heel patch that I really like (the pointed sort like when knitting).
Thank you!!

Danielle F.
Danielle F.
3 years ago
Reply to  Jayne

Jayne,

I had made some of these several years ago for my mother’s house and when I moved out to my own house this year I needed to make some more. I had the pattern (I had made it with pattern ease because I made 6 of them and paper was hard to cut around) but I couldn’t find the instructions.

I had saved the URL but it seems McCall’s has removed the pdf. However I found the pdf is now being hosted on this blog post: https://adventuresinhomeec.files.wordpress.com/2012/11/stocking.pdf so if you are still in need of it you can download it from there.

Heather
Heather
1 year ago

Thank you for posting the McCall’s pattern. Your instructions are the most clear that I have found! I will definitely be making some of these fluffy stockings!

Kim
Kim
1 year ago

Thanks for posting the McCalls link. I’ve made 10 stockings from this tutorial and now I have an 11th grandchild so I was panicked when I couldn’t find the pattern. I had saved it years ago but computer crashed awhile back and lost everything. Here’s a pic when there were only 7 of us, haven’t taken one since our number has grown :-)