Hello friends! Today I’m sharing an easy quilted Christmas Stocking tutorial. This method is quick and super easy (I promise!) You can finish multiple stockings in one afternoon. This project is also a great way to use your favorite fabrics or scraps. Fat quarters work perfectly for the back and lining. These stockings finish at 17″ high x 10″ wide (toe to heel), but you could enlarge or reduce the pattern and make the stockings any size you like, using the same method.
Using batting as a foundation for the piecing, this quilt-as-you-go technique will give the stocking some nice weight and texture as well. And the added lining gives the project a professional finish.
This has been a popular tutorial for years, and this year I’ve updated the post to include a new “log-cabin” variation. Still super easy and addicting. This project is sponsored by Baby Lock sewing machines. Go HERE for tips for choosing the right sewing machine for you.
I used my Baby Lock Crescendo to piece and quilt these stockings. It was extra fun to get to use the variety of decorative stitches for added detail and embellishment.
The fabrics I used for this project are mostly from the Holly Holiday collection by Christopher Thompson for Riley Blake Designs. The red lining fabric is Melissa Mortenson’s Sparkler in Cayenne. (I love the little bits of gold sparkle bling.)
Quilted Stocking Tutorial Assembly Instructions:
First I’ll share the how-to instructions for the basic striped quilt-as-you-go stocking.
Stocking Fabric requirements (per stocking):
- Lining – 1 Fat Quarter
- Backing – 11″ x 18″ piece (half of 1 Fat Quarter)
- Front – assorted fabric strips
- Batting scrap 9″ x 20″
Cut out pattern and trace two lining pieces (*facing opposite directions* important!) from one fat quarter. (The lining will create a contrasting trim on this stocking method, so pick something you want to show at the top of the stocking.)
Gather 15-18 fabric strips at least 8″- 9″ long and various widths.
Trim a batting scrap to slightly larger than the stocking pattern.
“Audition” fabric strips in the order you like before you start sewing. Stack strips (except middle two) and keep them in the planned order, and set aside.
Christmas Stocking Tutorial – Sewing
Place middle strip in place face-up on the batting at desired angle and pin adjacent strip right sides together. Sew strips together through batting foundation using a ¼″ seam allowance.
Open up strip and press flat. Continue adding fabric strips using the same method of sewing right sides together. Open new strips and press seams flat. (Pressing will help keep your fabric strips neat.) If you have a walking foot, I suggest using it as it will keep layers running uniformly through the machine and prevent tucks.
When all strips are sewn to batting you can quilt by stitching over the fabric strips at whatever density you prefer. I eyeball the lines using the strips as my guide. Straight line quilting will give you a classic look + some nice texture to the pieced stocking.
Another fun option is to use decorative stitches, if your machine has them, to add extra quilting and texture.
After all of the piecing and quilting is finished, lay stocking pattern over quilted piece and cut stocking front. Trim off 1″ at the top. Cut a backing piece facing the opposite direction from the front also trimming 1″ off the top. (This will allow for the trim to show at the top of the stocking. If you’d prefer not to have the trim, you can leave the front and back pieces the same height as the lining.)
You will now have a front, back and two lining pieces.
Match up the pieced front with a lining right sides together (toes pointing the same direction) and a back and lining piece right sides together. Sew top edges together using ¼″ seam allowance. Press seams open.
Match up two pieced units with lining pieces right sides together and front/back right sides together. Sew all the way around the edges of the matched pieces using a ¼″ seam allowance and leaving a 4″ opening in the lining.
Before turning right sides out, trim fabric close to seam allowance on the lining pieces and clip curves of the outside portion of the stocking. Turn right side out using the opening in the lining. Topstitch lining gap closed.
Tuck stocking lining inside the stocking, leaving the top of the lining sticking up ¼″ to create contrasting trim. Carefully shape and press the stocking, esp the top edge.
Top stitch around the top edge trim to give the stocking a clean, finished look. I top stitch seams at the top and bottom of the ‘trim’.
Finishing Stocking Assembly
To create a hanging loop, cut a scrap 1.5″ x 6″. Fold in half and crease. Open and fold sides into the crease. Press. Fold in half again for about a ¼″ width and top stitch both sides closed. I sewed my topstitching with a matching thread color.
Fold loop in half and pin to the inside of the back seam of the stocking. Sew it in place over the same top-stitched edges of the stocking.
Et Voila! You have a finished, lined and quilted stocking. Easy peasy! You could easily make a bunch of stockings using a variety of scraps and this simple quilt-as-you-go method.
Log Cabin Quilt-As-You-Go variation
For more visual interest another variation of this method can easily be made using a log-cabin style technique. While the stockings look slightly more complex than simple stripes, the assembly is just as simple and easy.
Use the steps above to cut a batting foundation. Cut a ‘cornerstone’ piece – in this case it’s the heel of the stocking but you could also make it the toe or anywhere else on the stocking.
Layout the cornerstone and ‘audition’ more scraps, alternating ‘log’ directions horizontal then vertical to create a braid-type design.
Use your cornerstone piece as your starting point for the piecing and pin in place. Start with one strip and sew to the top of the cornerstone, leaving a straight edge lined up with the side of the cornerstone for building your ‘logs’. Sew first strip in place with ¼″ seam allowance. Flip open and press seam flat.
Repeat the process with a strip along the side – pin in place, stitch down with a ¼″ seam allowance. Flip open, press and continue the process adding logs and additional strips, using the batting as the foundation. (It’s totally okay if these aren’t perfect – you just don’t want any exposed edges.)
Once the batting foundation is covered, add quilting and any stitching embellishment. Trim to stocking shape using the paper pattern.
Use finishing process under Stocking Assembly to finish sewing stockings together.
Last step: hang by the chimney with care (or any other favorite spot in the house).
And that’s it! You’re done. You could even do the same pattern and just make ‘solid’ fronts for your stockings.
Here’s another color version:
Don’t have time to make stockings this year? Pin this image so you can easily find the tutorial again.
Looking for other ideas for handmade Christmas Stocking tutorials?
Here’s another stocking tutorial that’s even faster and more simple. All you need are two pieces of contrasting fabric and you’re ready to go!
And there are more stocking shapes, sizes and complexity. Check out this list of some of my favorites!