Learn how to make a stocking with this simple sewing tutorial. It’s a lot easier than you might think to make your own stockings. You can use vintage grain sacks, old sweaters, maybe even repurpose an old blanket that has a few too many holes.
Homemade Stockings are Easy to Make
Making your own Christmas stockings is super simple. It is actually more simple than you probably think. The stocking I am going to show you in this tutorial is a lined stocking so you can of course take the lining out if would prefer, but this would be a nice guide if you would like to make your own style. You could make stockings from cotton fabric like a ticking fabric or a reproduction grain sack fabric. You could also of course use some antique grain sacks if you find some at a thrift shop. Those would be adorable.
How to Make a Stocking for Christmas Materials
4 backwards J pieces
1 stocking pattern piece
2 9″ X stocking length top. I used drop cloth.
1 6 inch piece of ribbon or bias tape
How to Make a Stocking for Christmas Tutorial
Cut Out the Stocking Bottom Pieces
The first step is taking an old stocking and using it as a guide to make an outline on the fabric for the outside piece. Since the top part of the stocking is going to be made from a separate piece, line up the top part of the stocking at the top of the fabric. When I cut around the fabric, I left a half inch all the way around for seam allowance so when I actually sew around it, the stocking will actually be the same size as the stocking I am using as the pattern. So, cut out 2 J fabric pieces for the outside and 2 fabric pieces for the inside. I used a drop cloth for the inside lining. I like to use 100% cotton drop cloth because it can be bleached and I also use it for other projects in my house such as making slipcovers for my couch and chairs.
2 J pieces for the outside. I used reproduction grain sack fabric.
2 J pieces for the inside fabric lining. I used drop cloth.
Cut Out the Top Pieces
To cut the top band part, measure a piece of coordinating fabric. Again, I used drop cloth and it is the same fabric I used for the inside bottom lining. Cut out 2 pieces of a 9 inch long side x the width of the top of your stocking bottom piece.
Sew the Outside and Inside Bottom Pieces
If your outside bottom stocking pieces have one side with a pattern and the other side is plain, sew the outside bottom pieces with the plain side out. If your outside bottom pieces has stripes, line those up before you sew them together and pin them in place. The grain sack fabric I am using has stripes on both sides, so it doesn’t matter about the inside out thing. If your fabric is a solid pattern on both sides, you don’t need to worry about lining up the pattern.
Start sewing at the top and sew all the way around the bottom until you get the other side on the top. Make sure to do a back stitch before you go all the way around and also before you cut the thread when you get to the other side of the outside bottom piece.
As you are sewing, making sure to sew with a half inch seam so that the fabric is securely sewn. Also be sure to watch those corners so that you have a nice rounded backwards J.
Repeat the process for the inside pieces.
Sew the Top “Cap” Pieces
Fold the bias tape in half. Fold one of the stocking cap pieces in half to find the middle of the 9 inch side. Pin the bias tape or other ribbon in the center of the fabric top and pin in place. Place the other fabric top piece on top and sew down both 9 inch sides.
Serge Every side You Sewed
Turn your outside bottom piece and stocking cap right side out and fold it in half so the ribbon side is sticking out.
Stuff the inside bottom piece (do not turn it right side out) inside the outside bottom piece and line up the seams.
Lin up the stocking top piece with the bottom pieces. Make sure the ribbon is on the opposite side of the foot side of the bottom piece.
Pull the stocking piece down, right sides together, and make sure to line up the side seams of the top piece and the bottom pieces. Tip: If you have thick fabrics like I am using, it can be a little bit tricky because you are going to have a lot of layers to sew around. The way to make sure there is not to much excess bulk, is to make sure that the seams face the wrong way so inside the little band piece you are going to have one piece go one way and the other piece go the other way for all four layers.
Sew all the way around to attach the bottom pieces with the top pieces.
Serge around the seam or do a tight zig-zag stitch to finish it off.
Remake This Stocking
Now you can make this stocking with any kind of fabric. One kind of fabric that I would avoid though is a stretchy knit fabric. I dreamt about making it with a cotton gauze and doing some double layers might make it a little more substantial. Maybe adding some ruffles around the center between the top piece and the bottom piece. I think that would be adorable or maybe even some pleats. There are just so many options for stockings. Just use your imagination.