Quilted Christmas Stocking

Quilted Christmas Stocking - {The Ribbon Retreat Blog}

I was looking for some new Christmas stockings when I found some beautiful quilted stockings. They were pretty expensive and just the personalization of them cost $15. I decided to make my own.

The first thing I did was buy a cheap stocking for $0.75 at the grocery store as my pattern.

I took apart all the pieces and pinned them to my fabric. My stocking was felt so when I cut the fabric I had to add at least 1/4″ for my seam lines.

I chose 12 Days of Christmas by Kate Spain for Moda and Bettys Red in Bella Solids for Moda for my lining.

I cut out two pieces of my main fabric for the front and back, two pieces of red fabric for the inside lining. For the top of the stocking, I cut out two pieces, as well as two pieces for the loop. On all of my pieces I left enough room for a seam line. The nice thing about felt is that you only need one piece and cut edges are perfect how they are. Too bad, it’s not as cute!

The next thing I did was prepare for the quilting of the stocking. Have you quilted before? I haven’t! I always thought it was this hard talent that I would never attain. Now while quilting does take a lot of talent, there are certain types that are quite simple and all you need is a free motion foot or darning foot.

I found mine on and knew it would work with my sewing machine. You can also go to a sewing store and bring your foot or name and model number of your sewing machine and see which foot to buy. Mine cost less than $10 and I’m going to be getting a ton of use out of it!

I laid the batting in between the two pieces of the front part of the stocking and pinned it all together using safety pins.

Since I have never quilted before, I tested out the new foot on some scrap fabric. I did the same thing with the scrap fabric of pinning the pieces together. I used the meandering stitch, and while it isn’t perfect, it still looks okay!

Feeling confident, I quilted the stocking. It took less than 10 minutes and, besides a couple of mistakes, looks pretty good. I trimmed the edges of the quilted piece and then sewed the back of the stocking together. I took the back piece and back lining and did a basting stitch all the way around. Then I pinned the right sides of the front quilted piece to the right side of the back piece. The quilted piece did shrink a little bit after quilting. Keep that in mind when cutting out your fabric.

Then I sewed the two pieces together using a regular stitch with a 1/4″ seam. Then I turned the stocking right side out. One thing I did wrong was sew the entire thing together. Luckily, I ran out of bobbin thread so I didn’t have that much seam ripping to do along the top. Definitely leave the top open! πŸ™‚

Now that the main part of the stocking is done, let’s get started on the top part.

I wanted mine to be personalized and as many of you know I LOVE using HeatnBond Ultra Hold for applique projects. The hardest part about this step was choosing the font to trace my letters. I went to a website called, where they have tons of free fonts to download and it’s so easy! No more boring fonts for me! πŸ™‚

(If you would like a step by step tutorial on how to use Heatnbond or applique, let me know in a comment or email.)

I traced out my letters and cut out my fabric. I used another piece from the 12 Days of Christmas line. Then I ironed it on to where I needed it to be. I suggest putting the top fabric around the bottom piece of the stocking to see where you want the letters to go.

I like the home made look of stitching so I got some embroidery floss and stitched along the edges of my letters.

Then I sewed together the two pieces of the loop, with right sides together, leaving a small opening in the middle of the long edge. Then I brought it right side out and hand stitched the opening closed.

Next I hemmed the short edges of both the pieces of the top with a very small seam. Then I sewed the two pieces together by putting the right sides together, leaving one side open. Remember to stick your loop inside before you sew the two pieces together. Then you bring the entire thing right side out and sew the open end together.

Be careful where you place the loop inside, it might get trapped in the stitching and then you’ll have this –

– and you don’t want this. πŸ™‚

I ended up sewing some batting in the top part behind the “MOM”. I am not sure it was necessary, and I am going to try the next one without it.

You should have a long piece for the top with the name on the side. You’re ready to sew onto the bottom piece. I pinned then sewed along the quilted front first. Then it became too difficult to continue with machine sewing, so I hand stitched the back part. Once those were sewn, I machine sewed the two edges of the top together.

And you’re all done!

Quilted Christmas Stocking - {The Ribbon Retreat Blog}

Quilted Christmas Stocking - {The Ribbon Retreat Blog}

Quilted Christmas Stocking - {The Ribbon Retreat Blog}

This stocking only took about a day or two of spare time to make. It was incredibly easier than I thought it would be. If you’ve never tried anything like this before, go for it! It only took about three fat quarters to make, so it’s super cheap too.

You can get most of your supplies at The Ribbon Retreat too! Did you know we have thread? Did you know that if you aren’t sure about matching the color you can ask in the comments section to make sure you chose the closest one? It’s awesome!

I am making two more stockings for my husband and son. I will post those soon!

Let me know if you have ANY questions about the steps or supplies.

Have fun with holiday crafting!

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  1. Amy
    Posted December 1, 2010 at 8:52 pm | Permalink

    You are amazing!!!! Virtually none of that made sense to me, but the end product is darling!!! Maybe we should hire you to make ours! Great job!

  2. ashley
    Posted December 1, 2010 at 9:23 pm | Permalink

    um, seriously can i pay you to make some for us? i dont have the time but those are too dang cute

  3. Posted December 2, 2010 at 9:27 am | Permalink

    I’m saving this in hopes of being able to use it this year if not next. I have a darning foot that I’ve just realiz
    ed what I can use it for!! It came with my sewing machine! lol

    Thanks for the fabulous tutorial!!

  4. Alyssa Dorsey
    Posted December 17, 2010 at 12:48 pm | Permalink

    About how many yards of each fabric per stocking do you think I will need to make these?

    • Shirley
      Posted December 18, 2010 at 10:24 am | Permalink

      Alyssa – It depends on the size of your stocking you are using as a pattern. I got a fat quarter for each piece of fabric for the outside of the stocking, the lining, and the top of the stocking. You don’t need a full fat quarter for the top, but it does use about half. So total three fat quarters for one stocking for three fabrics. Hope this helps!

  5. Sharon
    Posted July 7, 2011 at 7:07 pm | Permalink

    Ok. This just happens to be where I am looking right now and i’ve seen you say this a few other times… What is a “fat quarter” and a “full fat quarter”, etc? lol I have never heard that before. Love the stockings! I will definitely have to try and make some. I have looked at the ones that are sold and they are waaaay expensive, especially for a family of 5!

    • Shirley
      Posted July 7, 2011 at 11:14 pm | Permalink

      Hi Sharon! A fat quarter is a piece of fabric that measures 18″ x 22″. We sell fat quarters of all of our fabrics. πŸ™‚

  6. Sharon
    Posted July 8, 2011 at 1:29 pm | Permalink

    Thanks! How did it get that name? And is it only with certain fabrics or anything?

    • Cherie
      Posted July 8, 2011 at 5:15 pm | Permalink

      It is still a quarter of a yard but you take the yard of fabric and fold it in half and then in half again. A regular quarter of a yard is long and skinny so there isn’t much you can do with it. There are many fun things to do with a fat quarter though! πŸ™‚

  7. Sherrie Pridemore
    Posted December 2, 2011 at 8:23 am | Permalink

    Shirley~I made some stockings several years ago, but to eliminate the difficult part of trying to sew the top portion of the stocking to the bottom, once you have a round top and round bottom portions of the stocking. I’m not a very good teacher especially without the ability to demonstrate or show pictures to assist with a visual. Feel free to remove this comment if you think it will just confuse the sewers. I included the steps from start to finish as I didn’t want to pick up in the middle of your tutorial where our methods differed. I thought that might really confuse people. A word of caution, be sure when cutting out your stockings all of your toes are facing the same way. πŸ˜€ You can use them if they’re not, but they look kind of funny hanging with the toes touching. My mom and dad loved them and hang them every year, and every year we laugh at my blunder!

    I did one thing differently and am curious if you tried this method. I cut out the front and back of my stocking as you had. However, I only sewed the heel side of the stocking together. I did this down to the curve, and stopped before the rounded portion of the heel. With the front and back of the stocking sewn together I opened it so it was laying flat on my work surface. Once the top portion of the stocking was finished I pinned the heel side together. (Be sure to insert your loop, place the raw edges of the loop to the raw edge of the top I placed mine about 3/4″ from the top. This left it 1/4 inch from the finished top once you have sewn the top portion front and lining RST. Now to attach the back side (heel side). Then I pinned the top to the stocking RST (Right Sides Together) to the bottom of the stocking. Be sure to match the heel side seamed side of the top to the heel side of the bottom. Sew the raw edges together to attach the top of the front to the top of the bottom of the stocking. Now the top of your stocking should be attached to the bottom of your stocking. The next step is to place the right side of your lining to the right side of your stocking and sew together the Now turn the stocking RST and stitch around the top and front of the stocking down to the the the toe portion of the stocking. Be sure to leave open the toe to heel portion of the stocking.This is necessary to turn the stocking inside out. Once this step is completed before turning my stocking inside out I stitch around the two long sides again. Now turn your stocking inside out. The toe to heel portion of the socking should have raw edges. I leave this portion open because the bottom of the “foot” will not be visible. Be sure to sew the heel to toe portion of the stocking a second time for reinforcement. I have seen some over filled stockings, so I do this simply to ensure if the stocking is stuffed to capacity the seam will not come apart from the pressure. Now you are ready to view your finished stocking. I guess you can say this is the lazy way as I eliminated all hand sewing. NOTE: When using this method you will need to finish the lining and the top using the same method.

    • Shirley
      Posted December 2, 2011 at 10:15 am | Permalink

      Hi Sherrie! Thank you so much for taking the time to write this out! Honestly, when I did this stocking, I was still a beginner sewer (I still feel that I am! :)) I am going to be making another one for our newest addition, and I will try your suggestions. If I have any questions, I will be emailing you! πŸ™‚ And I will try to do another tutorial, citing you as inspiration! You are awesome, thanks!!

  8. Kellie
    Posted December 6, 2012 at 3:01 pm | Permalink

    I’ve just run across this tutorial and its so cute! I would love to receive the tutorial (step by step instructions) on how to use the HeatnBond as well as how to appliquΓ©. I’m very new to sewing and would love to be able to use these methods for making gifts. Is it still possible to get these instructions?? Thanks!

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