Before launching into your free quilted Christmas stocking pattern, let me explain why this pattern is squeaking in just five days before Christmas. It's simple, really. The first reason is that I didn't see these beautiful stockings until last week. For hours I had been on a cyber quest to find Christmas stockings for my family – which was proving to be no easy task!
I found plain stockings, glitter stockings, stiff canvas stockings and long skinny knitted stockings, but do you know what I could not find? Elegant and timeless stockings that would bring me joy year after year. I had given up my search and was pacifying my frustration with Facebook. But then viola! While scrolling through the Suzy Quilts Patterns Facebook group I saw these! Serendipity!
The second reason for the late delivery on this pattern is that today, December 20, 2019 is my 34th birthday. What better way to celebrate my birthday than to give you something! So without further ado, I bring you a beautiful quilted stocking pattern. - Suzy
‘Twas the week before Christmas and all through the house,
Not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse.
The stockings were hung by the chimney with care,
But needed a facelift, and looked a bit bare.
The quilters were nestled all snug in their beds,
While visions of flying geese danced in their heads.
So with 5 days ‘til Christmas, they gathered their scraps,
They sewed brand new stockings for their kids, dogs, and cats.
So if you’re looking to fit one more Christmas project in,
You can make these quick stockings for your next of kin!
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A Quilted Christmas Stocking Pattern
With Christmas just around the corner, I wanted to make a few unique stockings this year. I made the Rocksteady quilt last fall for my daughter, and as I looked at it laying on our couch, I knew that it would be the perfect inspiration for a one-of-a-kind stocking!
This is easy, since it’s very likely that you already have most of these items in your stash.
- Fabric A (Diamond Shape): One 7” square cut into four 3 ½” squares- great for using a piece or two of your favorite scrap!
- Fabric B (Background Fabric): 1 FQ
- Fabric C (Contrasting Fabric): 1 FQ
- Fabric D (Fabric for Back of Stocking): 1 FQ
- Fabric E (Lining Fabric): 1/2 Yard
- Batting - ⅓ Yard (If you want to use up some batting scraps, this is a great project to do so! Check out a tutorial on fusing batting together here!
- 6” Ribbon (for hanging loop)
- Printed Stocking Template (originally from a cuffed Christmas stocking pattern)
Basic Sewing Supplies
Optional Supplies (that'll make things easier)
- RST = right sides together
- WST = wrong sides together
- FQ = fat quarter - a pre-cut of fabric measuring approximately 18" x 21"
- seam allowance = 1/4"
Step 1: Select and Cut Your Fabric
For this Christmas stocking pattern, choosing fabric ultimately comes down to personal preference, but I usually choose a fabric that will really POP for the diamond shape (Fabric A), and fabrics that will compliment it for Fabrics B and C. For this stocking, I fussy cut my Fabric A pieces so I could show off the little birds on the yellow fabric. I recommend pressing your fabric with a bit of starch prior to cutting.
Fabric A (Yellow):
- (4) 3 ½” Squares
Fabric B (Grey Lemons):
- (1) 5 ¼” x 7”
- (1) 4 ¾” x 8 ¼”
- (1) 4 ½” square
- (1) 4 ¾” x 8”
Fabric C (White):
- (1) 5 ¼” x 7”
- (1) 4 ¾” x 8 ¼”
- (2) 4 ½” squares
Step 2: Assemble the Front of the Stocking
Draw a diagonal line on the back of your 3 ½” square of Fabric A. If you are fussy cutting or using a directional fabric, be mindful of how they will look by putting RST and folding over the corner (to see how they will look once you sew, trim, and press.)
Lay out the 5 ¼” x 7” piece of Fabric B and the 5 ¼” x 7” piece of Fabric C next to each other. Place the 4 ¾” x 8 ¼” piece of Fabric C and the 4 ¾” x 8 ¼” piece of fabric B below. Place one square of Fabric A in the corner of each piece as shown, RST, making sure the drawn lines are as shown.
Sew along the drawn lines, trim ¼” away from the seam, and press seams open.
Now, you may think it’s time to sew all the pieces together BUT before you do, we’re going to add one more piece. Grab your 4 ¾” x 8” piece of Fabric B, measure 4 ¾” along the long edge, and make a small mark. Then, grab your ruler, and draw a diagonal line from that mark to the opposite bottom corner as shown.
Place this piece RST with the 4 ¾” x 8 ¼” piece of Fabric C as shown, and sew along the line. Trim ¼” from the line, press the seam open, and you will have a chunky L-shaped piece.
Lay the 5 ¼” x 7” of Fabric B and the 5 ¼” x 7” piece of Fabric C right sides together so that the triangles match up. (This is a good place to make sure that your points are lined up - pin if you would like. I personally love using fork pins - it holds both sides of the seam flat, and helps you get that perfect point!) Sew together using a ¼” seam allowance. Do the same thing with the 4 ¾” x 8 ¼” piece of Fabric B and the chunky L shape. Sew together, and press seam open.
Take the two pieces and align the centers of Fabric A. Don’t bother matching up the edges - those will be different sizes. Be sure your points match up, and sew pieces together. Press seams open, and you’ll have this!
Sew a 4 ½" square of Fabric C to opposite sides of the 4 ½" square of Fabric B. Press seams open.
Lay your 3-square piece RST with the bottom of the large piece, aligning the first seam of the bottom left corner with the first seam of the 3-square piece. Again, the edges will not match up, only be concerned about matching that seam. This is another great place to use fork pins to align the points! Sew pieces together, and press seams open. Wha la! Your entire front is pieced!
Step 3: Cut Your Stocking Pieces
Print your Christmas stocking pattern template, and make sure the 1" x 1" square in the corner is to scale. Cut it out, and tape together. If you’d like, you can trace the template onto clear template plastic.
Place your stocking front WST with your backing fabric. Trace your template onto your front (I find it helps to be sure the top of the template is parallel to the seam running through the diamond to ensure the diamond won’t look crooked.) Cut out the outline - if you’re worried about the layers shifting, you can pin through both layers to hold them together.
You should end up with this!
Step 4: Assemble the Stocking
Fold Fabric E (Lining Fabric) RST. Trace stocking onto fabric, and cut out. With RST, sew around the perimeter of the lining with a 1/2" seam allowance, leaving the top open as well as a 6" gap along the bottom (VERY IMPORTANT, DO NOT SKIP THIS STEP), which you’ll later use to turn the stocking right side out.
Take your front and back stocking pieces and baste them to your batting. I chose to spray baste since it’s such a small project and you don’t have to worry about shifting, but if you love pin basting, that would work too. If you’re spray basting, don’t forget to get out your fanciest green tablecloth to cover your floor. Spray baste on your floor is NO JOKE.
Since this quilted Christmas stocking doesn’t require large pieces of batting, you can use up leftover scraps from other projects. Need to figure out which side of your batting is the front? Check out this blog post to make sure you’re utilizing the correct side: Is There a Right Side to Batting?
Once basted, it’s time to quilt! I chose to do very simple quilting, but this could be a really fun project to try out some free motion quilting on! For my method of quilting, I found the center of the top of the stocking and marked a line down the front of my back piece with a straightedge and my Hera marker. You could do this with disappearing ink too, but I prefer to use a Hera marker when marking on the right side of my fabric.
From there, I used my walking foot and quilted 1” lines using the guide to keep me in perfectly straight lines. For the front of the stocking, I stitched in the ditch that runs through the center of the diamonds, then used my guide to quilt the remained of the stocking in 1” lines.
After quilting, cut out your stocking pieces using a rotary cutter or fabric scissors.
Place your stocking front and back RST. If you’re a pinning person (like myself) now would be a great time to pin around the perimeter of the stocking to ensure it won’t shift while you’re sewing. Sew with a 1/2" seam allowance around the stocking edge, leaving the top open.
Optional: After sewing around the edges, trim the curves and the top down to 1/4" - this just reduces bulk in your seams when you turn it inside out. Clipping darts in the curves can also give the same effect.
Turn your stocking right side out, and use a corner turner (or a chopstick from your favorite Chinese restaurant) to make sure all the curves are turned out nicely. Whoo hoo! It’s looking great already!
Now, grab that lining that you sewed together earlier (which should still be RST) and place the quilted stocking inside the lining.
Cut a 5 ½" piece of ribbon, and fold it in half. Place the folded ribbon so the loop is pointed down between the quilted stocking and the lining. Align the back of the stocking seam, the loop, and the back of the lining seam, and pin.
Also align the front seam of the stocking and lining seam, and pin. Pin around the rest of the opening if you would like.
Sew around the circumference of the opening using a 1/2" seam allowance with your walking foot. You may need to take off the extension table of your machine so that you can fit the stocking onto the machine.
Take your stocking, and pull the exterior out through the hole in the lining, turning it right side out.
Find the hole in the lining, and finger press the opening flat. Stitch the opening closed using an invisible/ladder stitch.
Place your lining back in the stocking. Press the circumference of the top of the stocking, and topstitch around it using a 1/4" seam allowance.
And there you have it! These Rocksteady Stockings are so fun to make, and after you make one, you’ll want to make one for everyone on your Christmas list!
The stockings were stuffed and the cookies were gone,
Santa’s no art critic as he’s hustling along,
But I heard him exclaim as he rode out of sight,
“Those Rocksteady Stockings were the best of the night!”