Sunday, November 20, 2011

Stocking Tutorial

I have made about 10 of these in the past 4 weeks. They are super simple and easy to customize.

*All seam allowances are 5/8"

The first one probably took me 90 minutes but since then I've been able to churn them out in about 45 minutes.

You will need.
  • 1/2 metre fabric for outside of stocking
  • 1/2 metre fabric for stocking lining & hook
  • 1/4 metre fabric for stocking cuff
  • Coordinated thread
  • Sewing machine
  • Measuring tape/ruler
  • newspaper or waxed paper
  • Iron

1. Choose your fabric. I have the red trees for the outside of my stocking, the plain green for the lining and the hook, and the white holly for the cuff.

2. Trace and cut out your pieces. You need two boots for the lining, two boots for the outside of the stocking, one rectangular piece for the cuff, and one long strip for the hook. Cut small notches in the locations noted, these will help for lining everything up later.

Tip: I drew and measured my pieces on newspaper first, and then traced with a fine tip pen onto the fabric. This is a good idea as you can get everything square and the right boot shape you want, it's also easy to fix if you screw up. And it ensures that your boot and lining are the same size and any future stockings you make are the same size. You can iron the newspaper flat.

Dimensions & notches:

All my pieces cut up:

Now, we sew!

4. For the hook, fold the fabric in half the long way and sew up that side. You should now have a tube. Using a safety pin, flip the tube right-side-out. Use your iron the flatten the hook.

This is before I turned it right-side out & ironed it:

5. Fold the cuff in half the short way, so the two 9.5" sides are matched up with the good side of the fabric on the inside. Sew up this side.

6. Now, cuff the cuff. This is confusing to explain so I tried to draw it. Fold the wrong sides together by folding the cuff in half lengthwise. You've basically folded your original piece of cuff fabric into quarters but there's a seam tucked in. If you put the cuff around your wrist, the good side should be showing out and should also be touching your hand, with two raw edges on one side and a fold on the other. Like this:

And the cuff should now look like this:

7. Now onto the boot. With the good side facing in, sew the 2 lining pieces together (not across the top) and sew the 2 outside pieces up. You should end up with two boots with the bad side of the fabric facing out.

8. Cut notches on the curves of each boot and trim the the fabric on the toe tip and heel. This will make the lining and outside fit together better.

Like this:

9. Now, flip only your lining right-side out. With your outside boot as-is (wrong side out), push this INTO the now-flipped lining. Match up all the notches and pin perpendicular to the opening. This will result in the good side of the lining showing on the outside, and the good side of the boot showing on the inside. Like this:

10. Now, we're going to sew along the opening of the stocking. This is also where when we sew the hook on. Fold the hook in half so the raw edges are together (forming a hook). Pin this raw edge to the stocking raw edge along the back seam (where your ankle or calf would be if you were wearing it). The hook will be facing down. Sew along the top edge of the stocking, stitching the lining, outside, and hook together. Voila:

11. Now we sew on the cuff. Pull the folded cuff over the outside of the stocking. Now all the raw edges should be lined up and your layers should be cuff, lining, outside. Line up the cuff notches with the boot notches. Stitch around the edge, like you did in step 10. Now all our pieces are stitched together.

Flip the whole thing right-side out and fold the cuff down. You're done!

Some additional details I added:

  • I added a monogram to each stocking I made. I cut the person's initial out of felt and hand stitched it to the cuff, under the hook.
  • You can buy decorative edging at the fabric store, I added this cherry-looking edge to the cuff (available in white & red that I've found)
  • I tied a big bow out of sparkly ribbon and sewed that behind the hook.
  • I've been used white flannelette for the lining on a few, it's super soft and gives it a wintery feel.


  1. I'm pretty sure you're the Canadian Martha Stewart.

  2. What the heck is a "metre"?

  3. lol thanks ladies. I think?

  4. Oh man, thanks! You've reminded me that I haven't yet made a stocking for the new addition to our family. ARGH!

    However, having your pattern now might make it a bit easier when I go to do it. :-)