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.

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RTalloni 5 years ago from the short journey

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

Thanks for sharing--voted up.


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RTalloni 5 years ago from the short journey

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


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lady rain 5 years ago from Australia

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


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kikalina 5 years ago from Europe

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


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Thelma Alberts 5 years ago from Germany

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


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kikalina 5 years ago from Europe

so handy that I had to share it. ty


storybeader 5 years ago

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


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North Wind 5 years ago from The World (for now)

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!


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randomcreative 5 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin Author

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!


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craftdrawer 5 years ago

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!


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randomcreative 5 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin Author

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.


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katrinasui 5 years ago

WOW, these stockings are lovely.


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Jamie Brock 5 years ago from Texas

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


Judy Nolan 5 years ago

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


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randomcreative 5 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin Author

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


Splendid Little Stars 5 years ago

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


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randomcreative 5 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin Author

Thanks so much Margaret!


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prasetio30 5 years ago from malang-indonesia

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


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RedElf 5 years ago from Canada

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


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randomcreative 5 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin Author

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.


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ytsenoh 5 years ago from Louisiana, Idaho, Kauai, Nebraska, South Dakota, Missouri

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.


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Kris Heeter 5 years ago from Indiana

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


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kikalina 5 years ago from Europe

I have a confession. I purchased ready made ones!


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randomcreative 5 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin Author

Thanks so much ytsenoh!

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

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


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Om Paramapoonya 5 years ago

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


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SherrieAnne 5 years ago

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!


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randomcreative 5 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin Author

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!


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Nadia Sam 5 years ago from Indonesia

Beautiful and creative. Thanks for sharing.

I want to make my own...

http://www.kaostshirts.com


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randomcreative 5 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin Author

Thanks! You definitely should.


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Miss Paula 5 years ago

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


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randomcreative 5 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin Author

Thanks so much! You too!


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TroyM 5 years ago

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


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randomcreative 5 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin Author

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


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Eiddwen 5 years ago from Wales

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.


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randomcreative 5 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin Author

Thanks so much Eddy!


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Pinkchic18 5 years ago from Minnesota

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!


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hailei 5 years ago from Romania

Have to try these! So cool!


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randomcreative 5 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin Author

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

Thanks hailei! Let me know if you do.


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Better Yourself 5 years ago from North Carolina

Very cute ideas - Thanks for sharing!


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randomcreative 5 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin Author

Thanks so much!


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VeronicaFarkas 5 years ago from Ohio, USA

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!)


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Eiddwen 5 years ago from Wales

A great hub and thanks for sharing .

Looking forward to reading many more by you.

Eddy.


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randomcreative 5 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin Author

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

Thanks, Eddy!


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uniquearticlesbuz 5 years ago from USA

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


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randomcreative 5 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin Author

Thank you!


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htodd 5 years ago from United States

That's really nice pattern tutorials


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randomcreative 5 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin Author

Thanks!


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princesswithapen 5 years ago

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


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randomcreative 5 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin Author

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


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kittythedreamer 5 years ago from the Ether

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!


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randomcreative 5 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin Author

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


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article_eric 5 years ago from Seattle, WA

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!


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randomcreative 5 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin Author

Haha maybe next year!


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SilkThimble 5 years ago from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

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


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adrienne2 5 years ago from Atlanta

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!


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randomcreative 5 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin Author

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.


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Dolores Monet 4 years ago from East Coast, United States

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.


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randomcreative 4 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin Author

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.


icountthetimes 4 years ago

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.


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randomcreative 4 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin Author

icountthetimes, I definitely agree!


krasimirrm 4 years ago

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!


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randomcreative 4 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin Author

Thanks so much! Have a nice weekend, too!


krasimirrm 4 years ago

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


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Burlap Fabric 4 years ago from Chicago

Cute!


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randomcreative 4 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin Author

Thank you!


Seniors707 4 years ago

It was so beautiful...

Thanks for sharing us


ElleBee 4 years ago

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


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randomcreative 4 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin Author

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


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Alison-Jean 4 years ago from Egypt

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.


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randomcreative 4 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin Author

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


Edi 4 years ago

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


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randomcreative 4 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin Author

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


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FreezeFrame34 4 years ago from Charleston SC

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!


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randomcreative 4 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin Author

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


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Lisa Meadows 4 years ago

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?? :)


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randomcreative 4 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin Author

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.


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jule729 4 years ago

Thanks for sharing! Voted up!


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randomcreative 4 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin Author

Thanks!

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