How To Sew A Christmas Stocking Photo Tutorial – Part 1 ~ A step-by-step photo tutorial showing you how to sew your own custom Christmas stockings!
I just finished sewing new Christmas stockings for each family member! I know there are lots available to buy but I wanted to have fun designing and sewing my own that will be used every Christmas for many years to come. I am sharing exactly how to sew a Christmas Stocking with you so you can make your own for each of your family members.
This is a very detailed photo tutorial that is actually quite lengthy. But I wanted to make sure it was easy for you to follow the instructions with a photograph and description for how to sew each step. As a result I have separated this tutorial into two parts. This is Part 1 which includes the materials and the instructions for sewing the Christmas stocking. Part 2 will be posted shortly and will provide you with the pattern PDF’s and instructions for how to put the pattern together.
Materials For How To Sew A Christmas Stocking
- stocking pattern (to be provided)
- white freezer paper
- ½ metre (1/2 yard) fabric for the stocking
- ¼ metre (1/4 yard) contrasting fabric for the top
- ½ metre (1/2 yard) fusible interfacing (medium or heavy weight)
- ½ meter (1/2 yard) lining fabric
- ¼ meter (1/4 yard) for each type of trim (lace, ric rac, ribbon, sequence)
- thread for sewing the stocking together
- thread matching the colour of each trim
Some Comments Before We get Started
I used decorator fabric but quality fabrics like quilting cotton, wool, wool blends will also work. Burlap is very popular now and that would work quite nicely too.
I couldn’t find medium weight interfacing at the fabric store so I ended up buying the heavy weight and it worked very well. I recommend fusible interfacing so it can be ironed onto the fabric and there is no fear of slipping or having to baste the interfacing onto the fabric.
I used white lining fabric but if you are using cotton, you can use the same fabric or a contrasting fabric for the inside of the stocking.
All seams are 5/8 inches.
I used three different types of trim but how many you use is up to you. Another thought is to use one type of trim but repeat it two or three times. Suggested trims are lace, ric rac, ribbon or sequence. This is the fun creative part!
I created a printable pattern in PDF format here for you: How To Sew A Christmas Stocking Printable Pattern – Part 2. I recommend recopying the pattern onto white freezer paper. It has just the right sturdiness to be pinned onto fabric. You will need to cut out two of each pattern piece.
I actually sewed four stockings at the same time. I made two of each pattern piece out of the freezer paper. This saved time having to pin, cut and repin and cut out the next pieces that I needed for each stocking.
One final comment, I am assuming that you have some sewing experience as I write this tutorial and hopefully the photos makes things clear. If you do have a question feel free to contact me by leaving a comment!
Instructions For How To Sew A Christmas Stocking
Pin and cut out each of the following: 2 stockings, 2 stocking tops, 2 interfacing, 2 lining.
For the front and back of the stocking sew the top to the stocking. Press seam to the darker fabric and finish edges.
Iron the fusible interfacing onto the inside of each stocking piece.
Place a piece of masking tape on the front of the stocking so you can easily tell which side will have the trim sewn onto it.
Sew the trim onto the front of the stocking.
Sew the lining to the top of the front and the back of the stocking. Trim, finish the seam and press down.
Pin the front to the back so the lining is pinned back to back and the stocking fabric is lined up. Leave an opening about 5 inches (13 cm) wide at the bottom of the lining.
Sew the two sides together starting and stopping at each end of the opening. Trim and finish the seam.
Turn the stocking right side out. This is what the front and back of the stocking will look like. Press before tucking the lining inside of the stocking.
Press the opening so the sides are tucked inside. Machine stitch very close to the edge to close the opening.
Hand stitch a loop onto the inside of the stocking so it can be hung up. Hand stitch a split ring to the side of each stocking so the name tag can be attached with a ribbon or other decorative trim.
To make the name tags I just glued white paper to metallic scrapbook paper that I bought at the dollar store. Then I just looped the gold cording through the ring and taped it to the back of the name tag. Super easy!
Now you are done! The stockings look fabulous hanging on the fireplace mantle!
If you are looking for more Christmas stocking inspiration I invite you to hop over to Fynes Designs to see how Virginia used the same sewing technique but created a totally different look.
Just a reminder that you can find the pattern to sew this Christmas Stocking at How to Sew A Christmas Stocking Printable Pattern – Part 2 few sewing this Christmas stocking is
I wish you success and hope you have a lot of fun making your own collection of Christmas stockings. They are great traditional and what may become family heirloom pieces for each family member and also make lovely homemade Christmas gifts!