Make a large, modern Christmas stocking using this quilted christmas stocking pattern - classic and beautiful. Plus, there are two stocking pattern options, and you can get both for free. Scroll down for more information!
You'll remember my first Christmas stocking pattern, I made it a bit differently than classic stockings, it included a smart construction tweak, so the pattern used the least possible yardage, yet with a super neat effect. It's reversible, it's easy and it's beautiful. Get it here.
Quilted christmas stocking pattern
BUT Some of you were looking for a larger version too. So I've just made one! The construction is different from the first stocking, due to the size it requires a stronger construction. I made it stable, sturdy, - yet so soft! Yep, meet my new, modern, quilted stocking pattern. You can make it a modern Christmas stocking, or a traditional Christmas stocking - all depending on what fabric you want to use. Options are limitless! Do you like mine?
Here's a link to save this quilted christmas stocking pattern to Pinterest to have ready to sew at any time. Or use this image:
Here's to happy handmade holidays!
Finished Size of the quilted Christmas stocking
Height top-bottom 17" (43cm), diagonal from loop to toe 19″ (49 cm), width of the top opening 8″ (20 cm)
Supplies And Notions To Sew The Quilted Stocking Pattern
- scraps to be pieced together for the outer front, or a fat quarter of quilting weight fabric if you don't plan on piecing your stocking front
- one fat quarter of quilting weight fabric for the 2 lining pieces
- a fat quarter for outer back - use either quilting fabric + batting, or something heavier (no batting)
- batting: 2 pieces 11" by 21" to quilt the 2 outer pieces - skip batting for back if using fleece for the back!
- sewing machine, pins/clips, iron, scissors, or rotary cutter plus cutting mat
- STOCKING TEMPLATE: the second, large Christmas stocking pattern from my file (print just pattern pages 6-8) - scroll to the end of this tutorial for the link.
how to make a Quilted christmas stocking - TUTORIAL
The tutorial is split into 3 parts:
- Part A: piece + quilt the front piece
- Part B: how to quilt the back outer
- then Part C: how to assemble and stitch your stocking.
If you don't want a pieced front, just skip part A and use Part B to make two quilted pieces from whole fabric pieces.
Part A: How To MAKE The Front of the Stocking
Piecing Instructions - Stitch And Flip Method Of Quilting As You Go
Skip right to the steps below if you want, but here are a few clarifications before you start sewing your modern Christmas stocking. This type quilt-as-you-go method is called the 'stitch and flip method'. I learned it from Caroline of Sew Can She when I was sewing her quilted Christmas tree skirt pattern (she had a course on Craftsy!) She calls it the foundation piecing method - but it's not to be confused with the foundation paper piecing that has paper as backing. Instead of paper, you use batting. You'll piece the fabric scraps onto the batting - your batting will act as the foundation - like in foundation paper piecing. But while the paper is torn away after piecing, your batting will stay in place and won't be removed. Makes sense?
NOTE: usually, you'll also place backing under the batting, but here I decided to forgo it, since the stocking will have a lining on its own. Let's go:
1 - Cut Batting And - OPTIONALLY - Transfer Piecing Markings
Cut a batting piece leaving one inch around the Main Piece template (on all sides). Transfer the pattern and the OPTIONAL red dashed piecing lines onto it. You can skip the transfer and just eyeball it - depending on how large your scrap pieces are. Impro always works with this method!
2 - Prepare Fabric Strips
Then select and cut fabric scraps, make sure they are all larger than the marked piecing sections, and arrange them.
3 - Start Stitching and flipping!
Start quilting as you go by placing the two bottom strips with right sides together, place under the batting and align them along the bottom piecing line:
Stitch and flip open and press.
Next: press and topstitch along the seam line, then pin the next fabric strip along the next piecing line. The fabric strips should always be pinned right sides together:
Keep adding strips: pin, stitch, flip the strip, press and topstitch, then pin the next fabric strip until you have enough length. Oh, and topstitching is NOT obligatory. I do it because it flattens the piecing seam so nicely.
Now you've got all the strips pieced with batting underneath. Feel free to quilt them as you please. If you haven't quilted before, straight-line quilting is a relatively easy way to add structure - and it looks so clean and modern! I merely added a few lines parallel to what I already had from topstitching.
4 - Cut the Front Piece
Place the template and cut your outer front piece. Make sure the toe part is facing the same direction as the batting underneath! I made a crease in the paper template to mark one of the piecing lines (notice the red arrow above) to make sure the piece will have the strips as marked on the template.
Dont' worry if the piecing lines don't match EXACTLY. My lines on the template are just meant as help, and are not set in stone - and, your version can turn out way prettier than mine. So again, no worries if different. Just make sure the entire cut piece has both fabric AND batting.
Part B - How To Make The back Piece for your quilted stocking
This one's simple. Cut out the batting like you did in part 1 for the front, leaving one inch around the Main Piece template (on all sides). then cut roughly the same size fabric piece for the back and place it over your batting.
IMPORTANT: Make sure the back will be a MIRRORED piece of the front - if the toes on the front piece are facing towards the right, the toes on the back piece should face left:
Quilt the batting and the fabric together, did I mention I like straight lines? I straight-line quilted it with seams approximately 1 ½" apart. Neat.
Part C - Assembling the Quilted Christmas Stocking Pattern
You've come to the point where the stocking will be sewn together. Finally! This will be quick!
1- Cut the Lining Pieces
Using the main stocking pattern piece, cut two (mirrored) pieces from lining fabric.
2 - Sew the top Edge of the Christmas stocking
Place the front pieces with right sides facing up and place the lining pieces with right side facing down, align along the top edge. Using the ⅜" (1 cm) seam allowance, sew the top edge on each of the two stacks. Trim the seam allowance and press.
3 - MAKE And ADD the Hanging Loop
Cut the small hanging strap from pattern piece No 2.
You know this by heart if you've been following my tutorials for a while, but just in case you're new here: fold along the long edges, first along the center (1), then unfold and press the sides towards the center (2). Refold along the original center and press (3). Stitch along both long edges (4).
Fold the strap in half, forming the loop. Place the two ends on the edge, approximately one inch under the top seam where the outer quilted fabric meets the lining. The loop should face in the direction of the lining and slightly bent towards the inside of the stocking. You just want to catch the loop ends into the backside seam of your stocking, not the entire loop. Like this:
5 - Sew The Pieces together
Place the pieces right-sides-together and sew around, using a ⅜″ (1 cm) seam allowance. Make sure to leave an opening for turning on the back seam of the lining piece.
6 - Turn right Side out And Close the hole
Trim the seam allowance, taking care not to snip into stitches. You can use pinking shares or just snip notches, it will help you make your project neat. then turn right-side out and press well. Feel free to use this free seam roll template, it will make pressing so much easier!
The two things left to do: close the turning hole in the lining. Also, I always topstitch around the opening. Here's your quilted christmas stocking pattern - and the project finished! Save To Pinterest for next time too:
This large Christmas Stocking Will Hold its Shape
When you want a larger Christmas stocking, like the one above, you'll need to make it a bit sturdier than usual, so it doesn't collapse or wrinkle under the weight of the fabric used. This is why I think quilting is ideal for this stocking pattern!
You'll also notice I added several materials options for the back of the stocking - on the pattern piece, that is. Asking why? - Simple: some will make your project quicker if you're pressed for time. Make sure to download the pattern and check it out.
HOW DO I GET THE Quilted STOCKING PATTERN FOR FREE?
The pattern (actually two different stocking patterns in one PDF file!) is available in the SHOP – but wait! All my newsletter subscribers can get it for free with a 100%-off code you get after you sign up at this link:
CURRENT SUBSCRIBERS: Your 100% DISCOUNT CODE is in my latest newsletter – visit the SHOP (here - scroll down for STOCKING PATTERN) and apply it in ‘View Cart’ before checkout.
For anyone who’d prefer not to subscribe for the newsletter, you can still purchase the Christmas Stocking Pattern in my shop.
ALREADY OWN THE Stocking pattern - and want the NEW version? To download the latest version (with the added second stocking pattern) just visit the shop HERE, make sure to LOG IN, and then click on your ORDERS to download the PDF file again - you'll find the file now has two stocking patterns - the new one is on pages 6-8.
Make sure to download it, as I have another tutorial in the works - one that will use this same template too. Yep, a third diy stocking. And yep - I'm crazy haha! But it looks so much different than this one - and promise, you'll want to make that one too - so go download the pattern file now!
Now use up your Christmas sewing stash making lots more. If you share yours on Instagram, make sure you tag #applegreencottage so I can find it and see! Oh, and before I forget: if you are looking for more stocking sewing ideas, check out this list of stocking patterns to sew now! And while sewing with holiday prints, make an Advent calendar too, with Christmas fabric panels!
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