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How To Sew A Holiday Stocking - A Quick & Easy DIY Tutorial

Updated: Mar 2

You'll be able to deck your halls this holiday season with this cozy stocking made from a woven blanket with a fur cuff. The video tutorial and step-by-step guide will have you hanging your stockings by the chimney with care in no time!


holiday stocking and wreath hanging on outdoor porch

As we unpacked our holiday decor this year, I realized that we only had 4 stockings. We added a sweet baby girl to our family in June, so I needed to make another stocking for her!


I had previously made our stockings from a blanket and a faux fur pillow cover. Luckily, I had just enough of the blanket and fur left to make one more stocking!


Watch the video tutorial below where I show you in less than 2 minutes how to make a stocking from start to finish, then you can make one of your own!


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Before Getting Started


If you haven't already, watch the VIDEO TUTORIAL above. The steps below contain timestamps that correspond to the video.


Now it's time to make your own stocking! It may take longer than 2 minutes, but I promise it will be quick and easy!


Pattern Notes

  • You will need a stocking template. Download and print this template for free.  Alternatively, you can make your own template from an old stocking. To do this, place the stocking on scrap fabric or paper (wrapping paper is big enough and works well). Trace 1/2" away from the outer edge around the stocking and cut out.

  • Sew all seams 1/2". This is to account for the loose weave of the blanket material.


Supplies

  • stocking template (see pattern notes above)

  • woven blanket or other sturdy/thick fabric for exterior fabric

  • faux fur

    • I used a faux fur pillow cover, but faux fur fabric or a ribbon of faux fur would be a great alternative

    • For (1) stocking you will need a piece of faux fur that measures16" long and approximately 4" wide (the width is adjustable depending on how wide you would like the fur cuff to be)

  • fabric for lining and loop -1/2 yard

  • batting - 1/2 yard

  • marker/marking tool

  • scissors or rotary cutter and mat

  • iron and ironing board or pressing mat

  • pins or basting spray

  • thread

  • sewing machine

plaid stocking with fur cuff hanging with decor in the background

Step 1 - Gather Supplies (0:03)


See the supply list above.

If you need to source a blanket or faux fur, you can find some options here.


Step 2 - Cut Out Lining Fabric (0:06)


To cut out (2) lining pieces at once, fold the lining fabric in half with right sides together and place on a flat surface. Place the stocking template on the lining fabric and trace around the outer edge of the template with a marker or marking tool. Cut out both layers of lining fabric using scissors or a rotary cutter and mat.


Step 3 - Cut Out Exterior Fabric (0:13)


To cut out (2) exterior pieces at once, fold the exterior fabric in half with right sides together and place on a flat surface. Place the stocking template on the exterior fabric and trace around the outer edge of the template with a marker or marking tool. Cut out both layers of exterior fabric using scissors or a rotary cutter and mat.


Step 4 - Cut Out Batting (0:16)


To cut out (2) batting pieces at once, fold the batting in half and place on a flat surface. Place the stocking template on the batting and trace around the outer edge of the template with a marker or marking tool. Cut out both layers of batting.


Step 5 - Layer Batting & Lining (0:21)


Now that all of the stocking pieces are cut out, layer the following pieces in this order:

  1. (1) batting piece

  2. the (2) lining pieces right sides together

  3. the other batting piece


Another way to word this would be to picture this step like making a PB&J sandwich. The (2) pieces of batting would be the bread and the lining fabric (right sides together) would be the peanut butter and jelly in the middle.


For this step you can use pins or basting spray to help keep all the layers secure in preparation for sewing them together. Note: if you use basting spray, only use it between the lining fabric and batting fabric. Do NOT use it for the lining fabric that is right sides together.


Step 6 - Sew Lining Fabric and Stocking Fabric (0:23)


Sew 1/2" seam away from the edge of the batting/lining sandwich that was made in Step 5 leaving the top unsewn. Backstitch at the beginning and end.


Next, place the exterior fabric right sides together and sew 1/2" seam away from the edge leaving the top unsewn. Backstitch at the beginning and end.


Step 7 - Make Loop (0:26)


To make the loop, cut out (1) piece of fabric that measure 2" x 10". Fold over the top long edge 1/4" and press. Then fold over the bottom long edge 1/4" and press. Next, fold the piece in half along the long edge, press, and sew a few needle's widths away from the edge.


Alternatively, you could use ribbon, twill tape, cording, or another similar material to make the loop.


Step 8 - Cut Out and Sew Fur Cuff (0:30)


Cut out (1) piece of fur that measures 4" wide by 16" long. Sew the fur right sides together along the short sides with a 1/2" seam.


Beware! This step can get messy from cutting the fur! I like having a vacuum handy to help keep everything tidy.

young child wearing oversized stockings on feet

Step 9 - Assemble Stocking (0:34)


Gather the lining fabric, exterior fabric, loop, and fur. Turn the exterior fabric right sides out. Leave the lining fabric right sides together. Place the lining fabric inside the exterior fabric. Using your hand smooth out the interior of the stocking. You may also choose to press the stocking at this point to help everything lay smoothly.


Turn the faux fur cuff so that the fur is facing out and place inside the top rim of the stocking. The fur side should be against the lining with the seam of the fur aligned with the heel-side seam of the lining.


Next, fold the loop piece of fabric in half and place between the lining and the fur. The raw ends of the loop should be pointing out and aligned with the lining and exterior fabric along the rim.


Pin the loop in place and use additional pins around the rim to hold all layers of fabric, batting, and fur in place as needed. Sew 1/2" away from the edge around the rim. I recommend sewing over the loop a few times to make it extra sturdy.


Step 10 - Flip Cuff (0:58)


Flip the cuff right side out. You may need to fluff and pull some of the fur away from the seam.


That's it, you're done! You did a heck of a great job!!!


Hang 'em up!


Whether you decide to hang your stockings by the chimney with care, on a staircase, or wherever your special place is, I hope your stockings and holiday season are filled with joy and cheer!


If you share your stockings on social media, you can tag me on Instagram at @heck.yes.sewco and use the hashtag #heckyesstocking. I'd love to see what you create!


5 stockings hanging below garland

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Unknown member
Dec 08, 2023

These are SO cute! Thanks for sharing.

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Heather Heck
Heather Heck
Dec 08, 2023
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Thank you, Cindy!! ❤️

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Unknown member
Dec 08, 2023

Thanks for this pattern and tutorial! Great project!

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Heather Heck
Heather Heck
Dec 08, 2023
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Thanks so much!!

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