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10 Free Christmas Stocking Pattern Tutorials

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However you celebrate and whoever you celebrate with for the holidays, stockings are a wonderful touch. If you enjoy sewing or other crafty pursuits, making your stockings can be a very fun project. Here are just a few patterns to get you started.

All of these stocking patterns are for fabric stockings. Many of them involve sewing skills. There are a variety of sewing skill levels here. I have not included any patterns for crochet, knit, or counted cross-stitch stockings, all of which are available in abundance online and could each have a hub of their own. I may consider writing about one or all of them in the future. For now, happy sewing!

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Christmas Stocking Tutorial

This personalized stocking tutorial is a wonderful option for children's Christmas stockings. Having done some word embroidery like this for counted cross-stitch process, I recommend using a letter pattern and doing some light tracing on your fabric before sewing. Take your time and don't be afraid to rip out and redo stitches. If you want to skip this sewing step, you can consider iron on or pre-cut letters. Aside from the lettering, this project is fairly straight forward. I love the button/ribbon detail for the loop. For more information and photos for this pattern, check out this post.

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Sweater Stocking

Martha Stewart has a neat tutorial for repurposing or upcycling old sweaters into stockings. I love how different sweater details (cuffs, buttons, collars, etc.) will create a different looks for each stocking. Martha encourages you to use sweaters that have lots of these interesting details to create one of a kind stockings. There are several considerations in the directions for different types of fabric and sweater details.

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Barefoot, Fancy Boot, Elf Boot, and Ballet Slipper Stockings

This great post includes instructions for four different fun stockings: fancy boot, elf boot, barefoot, and ballet slippers. You'll have to click on the link to see all of the pictures. One is more awesome than the next. I especially love the painted toenails on the barefoot stocking. There are so many fun custom possibilities for all of these designs. Enjoy the detail element of these stockings.

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Sparkly, Happy, No Sew, Christmas Stocking

These little stockings cannot be overstuffed but they are so darn cute. The author chose not to sew hers and was happy with the security of the glue, but you can choose to sew yours. For those of you who enjoy playing with scrapbook paper and ribbon (like me), this is for you. I love how she decorated hers with candy, too. I think that even if you don't use these as your primary Christmas Day stuffed to the brim for the kids stockings, they would still make a very fun decoration.

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Christmas Stocking

There are a number of Christmas stocking tutorials online that show how to make this type of stocking with a single fabric for the base and then a different fabric for the edging. It's a beautiful effect. You can have fun choosing coordinating fabrics in any color palette that you like. I love the ribbon detail, too. You can add other embellishments as well.

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Personalized Kids Christmas Stocking

If you are looking for a Christmas stocking pattern for kids with personalization options, this is for you. This cute pattern includes space for a kid's name, snowman and Christmas tree details, and kid specific personalization (i.e. hobbies, interests, etc.). I love the toe and heel details as well as the pom poms. I also adore the button/charm set (available at Michael's) that the author used for embellishment. I have used it several times myself in my jewelry designs. It's always been well received.

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Burlap Stocking Tutorial

if you want to use a different type of material for your stockings, consider this burlap tutorial. The simple white trim and wooden buttons pair perfectly with the rough fabric. The stocking is beautiful filled with evergreens and pine cones as pictured although it is perfectly functional as a Christmas morning stocking, too.

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Strip Pieced Christmas Stocking

This is not the quickest stocking project, but it is well worth the effort. For those of you who enjoy sewing piece work, especially when it involves choosing gorgeous fat quarters, this one is for you. If you haven't attempted something like this before, never fear. The author takes you through all the steps of the piece work with detailed photos. The effect here is so adorable.

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Felt and Fabric Stockings: 3 Patterns

This post includes a template that you can use for all three stockings. It's simply a stocking pattern with no templates for any of the details. As you are on your own to design, cut, and attach all of the details, this is not a pattern for beginners but can certainly be a fun, more involved stocking project for more advanced sewers. I especially love the button stocking. If you have a great button collection, you can have a lot of fun choosing just the right ones for a Christmas stocking.

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Quilted Ruffled Stockings

This is another great stocking pattern for those who really enjoy the sewing aspect of this type of project. The author walks you through the process of creating the ruffling and stripes with detailed written instructions and photos. I love the solid fabric that she used for the back, too. It completes the quilt feel of these stockings.

Easy Christmas Stockings Tutorial | CookingAndCrafting

How to Make a Christmas Stocking | TheCraftyGemini

More Christmas resources from the author.

Comments

Lisa Bean from Nevada on November 27, 2018:

I love some of those stocking designs. I remember my mom knitted a pair of stocking for my brothers and I loved them as a kid because they were so different than my (store bought) stocking.

Rose Clearfield (author) from Milwaukee, Wisconsin on November 25, 2012:

Thanks!

jule729 on November 25, 2012:

Thanks for sharing! Voted up!

Rose Clearfield (author) from Milwaukee, Wisconsin on November 24, 2012:

That first picture is from an Etsy listing and doesn't have a tutorial available at this point. Sorry! There are tons of free Christmas stocking patterns out there. You may be able to find something similar. Best of luck.

Lisa Meadows on November 24, 2012:

Hi there!

Love the page! I especially love the stockings that are hanging from the mantle(very first picture) but I can't seem to find that particular pattern. Help?? :)

Rose Clearfield (author) from Milwaukee, Wisconsin on November 05, 2012:

That's a good problem to have! Best of luck picking out a few to make this year. :)

FreezeFrame34 from Charleston SC on November 03, 2012:

These stockings are all so cute; I can't pick a favorite; I love them all. Now I just need the time to make them!

Rose Clearfield (author) from Milwaukee, Wisconsin on October 24, 2012:

No-sew is right up my alley. Personalization is a great option for Christmas stockings.

Edi on October 24, 2012:

I love the sweater stocking! And the no-sew one is right up my alley! Of course I think personalized is always best too :)

Rose Clearfield (author) from Milwaukee, Wisconsin on October 19, 2012:

Welcome to HubPages, Alison! That's great. Christmas will be here before know it.

Alison-Jean from Egypt on October 19, 2012:

My first hub comment since joining HubPages; thanks for this hub, it put me intouch with lots of other sites and got me in the mood for Christmas.

Rose Clearfield (author) from Milwaukee, Wisconsin on October 15, 2012:

Thanks, Seniors and Elle! I am always looking for no sew options, so I like to include them in these types of articles.

ElleBee on October 15, 2012:

These are so adorable! I love that some of them are no-sew.

Seniors707 on October 15, 2012:

It was so beautiful...

Thanks for sharing us

Rose Clearfield (author) from Milwaukee, Wisconsin on October 14, 2012:

Thank you!

Burlap Fabric from Chicago on October 14, 2012:

Cute!

krasimirrm on December 16, 2011:

Well, maybe I could pick the upcycled sweater stockings...

Rose Clearfield (author) from Milwaukee, Wisconsin on December 15, 2011:

Thanks so much! Have a nice weekend, too!

krasimirrm on December 15, 2011:

Wow....this was so beautiful. Thanks for writing and share with us. This hub make Christmas so colorful. Rated up and have a nice weekend!

Rose Clearfield (author) from Milwaukee, Wisconsin on December 14, 2011:

icountthetimes, I definitely agree!

icountthetimes on December 14, 2011:

Some of these designs are wonderful. Old traditions die hard as they say, and while many people have done away with Christmas Stockings, they are still very much part of what makes our Christmas celebrations special.

Rose Clearfield (author) from Milwaukee, Wisconsin on December 11, 2011:

That's great, TheHealthyWay! Thanks!

Thanks Dolores! I really tried to include a lot of styles here. You can use any type of sweater for those Martha Stewart stockings so you probably could use felted wool. Your fabric scrap stockings sound beautiful.

Dolores Monet from East Coast, United States on December 11, 2011:

I love how you have shown us so many types of Christmas stockings and provided links for such a variety! Most of these types of hubs offer instruction for one particular style. I wonder if those Martha Stewart sweater stockings are made of felted wool. I made some sewn stockings one year, from fabric scraps and they turned out so pretty! I'd love to try felted wool.

Rose Clearfield (author) from Milwaukee, Wisconsin on December 10, 2011:

Thanks SilkThimble! I agree.

Adrienne, thanks! Not all ideas will appeal to everyone. As long as people can find something they liked, it works out.

Fierce Manson from Atlanta on December 10, 2011:

Hi Random, Well I found your article pretty cool. A lot of the stocking I liked, but got to be honest did not care for the peppermint candy one. The Martha Stewart tutorial which you talked about I am sure has a lot of great ideas. Voted up!

SilkThimble from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on December 10, 2011:

What a great collection of ideas! Hard to choose which ones to use.

Rose Clearfield (author) from Milwaukee, Wisconsin on December 10, 2011:

Haha maybe next year!

Eric from Seattle, WA on December 10, 2011:

Awesome. That's all I can say! It's too bad we just hung our stockings because I think I found a whole bunch that I'd rather have!

Rose Clearfield (author) from Milwaukee, Wisconsin on December 06, 2011:

Thanks so much! I'm glad that you've enjoyed this.

Kitty Fields from Summerland on December 06, 2011:

Ohhh, how cute! I love the no-sew felt stocking and the sparkly stocking, too. Very awesome patterns you've provided for us here. Voted up and useful!

Rose Clearfield (author) from Milwaukee, Wisconsin on November 28, 2011:

Thanks! And thanks for passing this on to your friend! I hope that she enjoys it.

princesswithapen on November 27, 2011:

Wonderful collection of ideas for Christmas Stocking patterns. One of these could be the next handmade gift idea for a friend who loves everything handmade and homemade. I'm passing this hub to her.

Princesswithapen

Rose Clearfield (author) from Milwaukee, Wisconsin on November 27, 2011:

Thanks!

htodd from United States on November 27, 2011:

That's really nice pattern tutorials

Rose Clearfield (author) from Milwaukee, Wisconsin on November 24, 2011:

Thank you!

uniquearticlesbuz from USA on November 23, 2011:

Wow Nice hub randomcreative, and u have use nice pic collection for your hub its looking cool and I love Christmas.

Rose Clearfield (author) from Milwaukee, Wisconsin on November 21, 2011:

Veronica, stockings would be a great handmade gift for next year!

Thanks, Eddy!

Eiddwen from Wales on November 21, 2011:

A great hub and thanks for sharing .

Looking forward to reading many more by you.

Eddy.

Veronica Roberts from Ohio, USA on November 21, 2011:

I love this hub! Great ideas. I usually make a special gift for everyone, but hadn't thought as simply as stockings. I will have to do that for next year! Thank you! =]

(Loooved the sweater stockings!)

Rose Clearfield (author) from Milwaukee, Wisconsin on November 20, 2011:

Thanks so much!

Better Yourself from North Carolina on November 20, 2011:

Very cute ideas - Thanks for sharing!

Rose Clearfield (author) from Milwaukee, Wisconsin on November 19, 2011:

That's awesome, Pink! Good luck. :)

Thanks hailei! Let me know if you do.

hailei from Romania on November 19, 2011:

Have to try these! So cool!

Sarah Carlsley from Minnesota on November 18, 2011:

This hub is so perfect, I was thinking about sewing our family stockings for us this year and starting a new tradition. I love that idea of having the board over the fireplace and the hooks - so cute!

Rose Clearfield (author) from Milwaukee, Wisconsin on November 17, 2011:

Thanks so much Eddy!

Eiddwen from Wales on November 17, 2011:

Another for me to vote up and bookmark.

I loved all of it and especially the bright festive colours.

Take care and enjoy your day.

Eddy.

Rose Clearfield (author) from Milwaukee, Wisconsin on November 16, 2011:

That's awesome! I'm glad that they are useful to others.

TroyM on November 15, 2011:

I will be making some for my family members. Thanks for sharing your ideas...

Rose Clearfield (author) from Milwaukee, Wisconsin on November 15, 2011:

Thanks so much! You too!

Miss Paula on November 15, 2011:

Great stockings these are really beautiful and creative. thanks for sharing them GOD BLESS!!!!!!

Rose Clearfield (author) from Milwaukee, Wisconsin on November 13, 2011:

Thanks! You definitely should.

Nadia Sam from Indonesia on November 13, 2011:

Beautiful and creative. Thanks for sharing.

I want to make my own...

http://www.kaostshirts.com

Rose Clearfield (author) from Milwaukee, Wisconsin on November 13, 2011:

Thanks Om! I love getting to share my creative finds here.

Sherrie, I'm so glad that this will be helpful and inspiring for you!

SherrieAnne on November 13, 2011:

Delightful! Thanks so much for the inspiration and the variety of ideas. Our stockings are worn out and I am thrilled to have these beautiful suggestions!

Om Paramapoonya on November 13, 2011:

How lovely! Thanks a lot for always sharing cute and creative ideas with us. Rated up and awesome. :)

Rose Clearfield (author) from Milwaukee, Wisconsin on November 13, 2011:

Thanks so much ytsenoh!

Kris, that's awesome! They certainly can be.

kikalina, that's okay...it's not for everyone!

kikalina from Europe on November 13, 2011:

I have a confession. I purchased ready made ones!

Kris Heeter from Indiana on November 13, 2011:

Beautiful stockings! We still use the stocking my grandmother made over 50 years ago. They can be wonderful family heirlooms!

Cathy from Louisiana, Idaho, Kauai, Nebraska, South Dakota, Missouri on November 12, 2011:

Thank you so much for this interesting and creative hub! Great job. Thumbs up! I really liked all the ideas and energy you put into this writing project.

Rose Clearfield (author) from Milwaukee, Wisconsin on November 11, 2011:

Thanks Prasetio! Have a great weekend, too.

Thanks RedElf! That's awesome that you're inspired to finish your own project now. I'm sure that it will be gorgeous.

RedElf from Canada on November 11, 2011:

I love the Redwork and the quilted stockings. You have inspired em to finish one of my own - a project from several years ago - made one for almost everyone in the family, but neglected to finish my own :D:D:D

prasetio30 from malang-indonesia on November 11, 2011:

Wow....this was so beautiful. Thanks for writing and share with us. This hub make Christmas so colorful. Rated up and have a nice weekend!

Prasetio

Rose Clearfield (author) from Milwaukee, Wisconsin on November 11, 2011:

Thanks so much Margaret!

Splendid Little Stars on November 11, 2011:

This is a great post, Rose! So many lovely ideas!

Rose Clearfield (author) from Milwaukee, Wisconsin on November 10, 2011:

Thanks so much Katrina, Jamie, and Judy! It's always interesting to see which ones people like the best.

Judy Nolan on November 10, 2011:

This is a great collection of stockings. I like the felt ones best.

Jamie Brock from Texas on November 10, 2011:

Wow, Random! These stockings are super cute!!I especially LOVE the burlap one...thanks for all these great tutorials. Voted up and awesome :)

katrinasui on November 10, 2011:

WOW, these stockings are lovely.

Rose Clearfield (author) from Milwaukee, Wisconsin on November 10, 2011:

Crochet stockings would be great, too. I don't sew much, but I still think that most of these patterns are pretty straight forward. It's always great to browse crafty pictures for inspiration, even (especially?) when they're from different mediums.

craftdrawer on November 10, 2011:

I hope to find time to crochet stockings for my grandsons someday. These patterns seem easy to do and are so pretty they make great inspirations for my projects!

Rose Clearfield (author) from Milwaukee, Wisconsin on November 10, 2011:

Wow, thank you for all of the feedback on this hub! Happy stocking making everyone. :) I'm glad that so many people have already been so inspired by this!

North Wind from The World (for now) on November 10, 2011:

I am all excited about going to make some stockings! I have to try this. The fact that I can't sew to save my life is not a factor by Jove!

storybeader on November 10, 2011:

I like the quilted and the striped piece stockings the best. Maybe if I get the sewing machine working, I'll make a stocking for Buster! {:-D

kikalina from Europe on November 10, 2011:

so handy that I had to share it. ty

Thelma Alberts from Germany on November 10, 2011:

Wow!!!! Love those stockings. Thanks for sharing.

kikalina from Europe on November 09, 2011:

I will be making some for my family this year since my 2 year old will finally understand

lady rain from Australia on November 09, 2011:

I really have to find some time to make some of these stockings before Christmas arrives. Thanks for sharing.

RTalloni on November 09, 2011:

Well, maybe I could pick the upcycled sweater stockings...

RTalloni on November 09, 2011:

Now you've done it. Impossible to pick a favorite out of these!

Thanks for sharing--voted up.

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