Sewing Tutorial on Making a Christmas Stocking

Stocking Sewing Challenge Inspiration Pattern by Nancy Zieman | Pellon | Silk Christmas Stocking

Sewing Tutorial on Making a Christmas Stocking

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Stocking Sewing Challenge Inspiration Pattern by Nancy Zieman | Pellon | Silk Christmas Stocking

From elegant to whimsical, Christmas stockings are a great way to add a pop of holiday cheer to any room. Plus, they can readily be sewn in a few hours of enjoyable sewing time. Enjoy this sewing tutorial!

This free pattern from Pellon Projects was designed by Rachel Gander. Today we’re going to change it up to feature a traditional Tumbler pattern as the front of the stocking. We’ve chosen rich, gorgeous silks to complete the look.

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Grandmother's One Patch Template: Tumbler Block by Nancy Zieman

Cutting Tumblers:

Cut a total of 30 tumbler patches.

  • For each solid fabric tumbler, the cutting directions are the same.
  • Cut 4-1/2″ wide crosswise fabric strips.
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  • Align the template as close to the cut end as possible.
  • Trace along each edge.
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  • Flip the template, align the traced edge with the template side, and trace the other side of the Tumbler shape. Repeat the process until the entire fabric strip has been marked.

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  • Repeat marking and cutting steps for each color.

Create the Patchwork

  • Arrange the six tumblers into five rows.
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    Note From Team Nancy     Notice the ends are staggered. We’ll be cutting our stocking shape from this modified tumbler block; having squared ends isn’t necessary.
  • Pin tumbler pairs together.
  • Offset the end ¼″—the seam allowance width. Stitch.
  • Join the block pairs with a 1/4″ seam allowance.
  • Press seam allowances open.

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  • Join pairs to form rows.
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  • Join rows using a 1/4″ seam allowance.
  • Press seam allowances open.
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Note From Team Nancy     To prevent the edges of the seams from making an imprint on the right side, press the seams over a sleeve roll. If you don’t have a sleeve roll, tightly roll and tape several magazines or catalogs. Cover with a wool fabric or wool felt and hand stitch. The fabric will absorb the moisture of the iron.

Seam Roll - Nancy Zieman

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  • Use a machine straight stitch to stitch in-the-ditch though the patchwork and the interfacing.
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Stocking Construction
  • Download and print the stocking pattern from Pellon Projects.
  • Align the stocking right and left sides. Join with clear tape.
Note from Nancy: For our stocking, we are using the stocking shape provided and we’re skipping the stitched design. 

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  • Align the top and bottom halves. Join with clear tape.

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  • Cut out the paper stocking pattern.
  • Position the paper pattern on the interfacing side of the patchwork tumbler.
  • Pin. Use a rotary cutter to cut around the paper pattern.

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  • Lay the paper pattern on another piece of interfacing. We’ll use this for the back of the stocking.
  • Rotary cut the second piece of interfacing.
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  • Cut one stocking from the green silk stocking back fabric and two stockings from the green lining.

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Create the Hanging Loop

  • Cut a fabric rectangle measuring 2-1/2″ x 6-1/2″

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  • Fold the rectangle in half lengthwise. Finger press the folded edge.
  • Open the rectangle. Meet long edges at the fold.

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  • Fold in both top and bottom edges. Press.

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  • Fold in half lengthwise again. Press.

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  • Edgestitch along each side.

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  • Fold the loop in half and pin the cut edges to the top of the stocking lining.
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  • Baste.
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Create the Stocking

  • Layer the lining onto the stocking fabrics, for both back and front pieces.
  • Pin along the top edge.

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  • Use a 1/4″ seam allowance to stitch along the top edge of each the back and front fabrics.

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  • Once sewn and opened, the pieces should look like this:
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  • With both stocking back and front open and flat, match right sides and pin.
Stocking NancyZieman34Note from Nancy: When joining the stocking, we need to leave an unstitched opening along the lining straight edge. To remind myself to stop stitching at this area, I place a pin parallel to the cut edge, rather than perpendicular.
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  • Stitch around the stocking using a 1/4″ seam allowance.
  • Backstitch at the start and finish, leaving 4″ unsewn along the lining’s straight edge.
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  • Press the seam allowance at the opening.

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  • Use a rotary cutting pinking blade to trim excess fabric from the seam allowance at the curved edges.

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  • Turn the stocking right side out through the opening.

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  • Hand stitch the opening closed.

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  • Tuck the lining into the stocking fabric.

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  • Press the top edge.

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  • Our stocking is complete!
Stocking Sewing Challenge Inspiration Pattern by Nancy Zieman | Pellon | Silk Christmas Stocking

Here’s a listing of more free stocking patterns:

I {Heart} Pellon Stocking from Pellon Projects

Christmas Stocking Tutorial from Amy’s Creative Side

Christmas Stocking Projects from Baby Lock, enter keyword “stocking”


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  • Samm Seals
    November 3, 2015

    Nice simple idea: make a cute stocking. Then the directions to do it. “Correctly”. ” properly “… Yikes! A lot of work. The prizes are spectacular!!! Worth the effort. Guess I’m lazy

  • Lorij
    November 3, 2015

    Hopefully this is the year for me to enter. I’ve been waiting! Hope you’re doing well. Thanks for the opportunity to enter

  • Sue Vincent
    November 3, 2015

    OK, I’m in. I think I’ll make two. One for each of my pups. I made a stocking many years ago when my son was little and we were visiting Grandma and Grandpa for Christmas. I had forgotten to pack his stocking so I made one. It had a removable toy on the front as well as other Christmas decorations. My son still has that stocking and hangs it for his kids now. I am Grandma Zoo now.

  • Marilyn
    November 3, 2015

    Love your sample. Very pretty and classy!

  • Jeannine Brenner
    November 3, 2015

    What a fabulous challenge! I have never sewn a stocking before and I do need to make one for our bunny…everyone needs a stocking right?!?! I am hoping to join in this challenge!

  • Cindy
    November 3, 2015

    I already had a goal for making new stockings for everyone this Christmas. Last year I bought some beautiful red velvet on sale just before Christmas but I was already out of time. Now I have an added goal to refine the plan and get them under way now. I love the prizes! I don’t know which one I’d rather have! I just hope I can come up with something up to the task of winning!

  • Veronica
    November 3, 2015

    I think I downloaded my pictures correctly, but where can I see the pictures that are in the contest?

  • Kris Valle
    November 4, 2015

    Last year’s stocking entries were so beautiful. It will be exciting to see this years stockings. Thanks to the prize sponsors for such wonderful prizes!

  • Carolyn
    November 5, 2015

    Love your ideas. I will be making Christmas aprons and fleece pillows w/sorority logos for grand nieces.

  • Sharon Cowley
    November 7, 2015

    Can I enter a knitted 23-inch Christmas Stocking, or must it be a ‘sewn’ Christmas Stocking?
    Thanks, Sharon Cowley

  • becky
    November 10, 2015

    Where is the form for the stocking? I can’t find the link.

  • Diane
    November 12, 2015

    Trying to use up tubs of fabric before I die. Maybe this will help me do this. Sewing gifts sure makes you feel better.

  • Connie
    November 19, 2015

    Thanks for all your tips on sewing. I have recently retired and I finally have the time to make all the things that I’ve had to put off because I didn’t have time to sew. I have gotten really good at following a pattern, but I’m not the same size as the printed patterns. The last time I tried to alter a pattern I really messed up. I’m going to watch your programs again about how to alter a pattern. Maybe one day I will succeed at that too. Thanks for inspiring me to try again.

  • charmaine
    November 21, 2015

    Very difficult trying to enter my stockings… Took almost an hour of guessing to get them sent… Don’t know if they are there or not… Cannot see them…

  • Marjorie Crick
    November 25, 2015

    My fitting problems involves the fact that one shoulder is higher than the other one.

  • LoAnn T
    December 5, 2015

    This would be great to win this. I probably wouldn’t have time to make any for Christmas, but one of my friends whom wears these has a birthday coming up in March. Would make the perfect gift!

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