Simple Embroidered Stockings

These stockings are designed to be a quick project. You can make one for each member of your family and still have time to be together and enjoy the holiday!  They are made with the rich, gloriously colored solids from Kaufman, Essex and Kona Cotton as the base, and the simply beautiful natural Essex as the lining. There is something so sweet about seeing everyone's stocking hung on the mantle in anticipation of the goodies that will soon fill them!


To make six stockings. If you'd like to make more or less just buy a 1/2 yard of a colored solid and a 1/2 yard of the natural Essex for each stocking.

Cutting and Preparation

Iron one of the colored solid fabrics selvage to selvage and trace the stocking template onto it.

Cut out the stocking shape, cutting through both layers of the fabric at the same time. You will have two colored stocking shaped pieces.

Repeat this with the natural colored Essex.

Cut two 2-inch strips from the 44-inch width of the natural fabric. Press these strips into binding tape as per the instructions on the 25mm bias tape maker.

Sew the binding tape shut with a 1/8-inch seam allowance.

Cut six 8-inch strips from these sewn pieces of binding tape. Sew their ends together 1/4-inch from their raw edges so that they each form a loop. These are now called the Loop Pieces.

Sewing the Stockings

Pin the colored stocking pieces together leaving the top open. Fold the raw edge of each top piece down a 1/2-inch towards the outside of the pinned pieces.

Repeat this for the natural colored stocking pieces.

Sew the colored stocking pieces together with a 1/4-inch seam allowance. Start and stop your sewing at top folds but do not sew the folds down.

Sew the natural stocking pieces together with a 1/2-inch seam allowance. Start and stop your sewing at top folds but do not sew the folds down.

Turn the colored stocking piece right sides out, tucking the top folds inside. Press the colored stocking like this.

Slide the natural stocking piece inside the colored piece. Push it all the way into the colored piece so it fits snuggly inside and tuck the top folds of the natural piece neatly in between the colored and the natural pieces. Press the pieces together this way.

Pin the tops of the pieces together making sure that the side seams meet and the folds are neatly encased inside.

Sew the tops together with a slip stitch.

Adding the Loop


Turn the stocking inside out and pin the bottom of one of the loop pieces to the outer side seam (the seam along the heel side) 4 1/2-inches from the top.

Attach the loop on to stocking by sewing across the bottom of the loop a few times, perpendicular to the side seam. Make sure the lining and outside of the stocking are flat as you do this so they don't get folded on themseleves  as you are sewing.

Turn the stocking right side out and fold the top down 4-inches. Press this fold down.

Embroidering the Names

Using a piece of tracing paper draw a horizontal line using a pencil. Then trace the name you're using along this line using the Reverse Alphabet and the Iron on Transfer Pencil.

Meanwhile orient your stocking as shown above, with the toe facing to the right. Using the water soluable fabric pen, make a horizontal mark 1/2-inch from the bottom of the stockings fold. Make a vertical mark 3/4-inch to the left of the right edge of the fold.

Place your traced name along the marked horizontal line so that the last letter of the name meets the vertical marking. Make sure you have flipped the tracing paper around so the letters are going the correct direction and the iron on pencil marks are meeting the fabric.

Using a very hot iron press the traced name onto the fabric in this orientation. Be very careful not to move the name while you're ironing. If you need more help with this step please click here and scroll down to "transfer pencils".

Pick one color of the embroidery thread. Using a small backstitch embroider around the edge of the first letter.

Then, using the same color embroidery thread, fill in the inside of the letter using a satin stitch.

If you need help with backstitch or satin stitch please check out our embroidery tutorial here.

Embroider each letter of the name in the same manner, using a different color of embroidery thread for each letter.

The stocking is all done and ready to be hung by the fire!

9 Responses to Simple Embroidered Stockings

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  1. brandeye says:

    ohhh. i love these! i’ve been wanting to make christmas stockings!

  2. Liz T says:

    What a great blog! I just made some stockings and was trying to decide how to embellish them. I think I’ll try your embroidered name idea (and thanks for the elementary help with embroidery, since I actually don’t know what I’m doing!).

    Keep up the great work.

  3. Dennise says:

    I’m attempting 3 of these right now. I’m crossing my fingers that they turn out half as lovely as yours! Thank-you so much for this tutorial and the patterns, you are truly a lifesaver. Love your shop! xo

  4. Anna says:

    Thanks for this great idea! I have just made these for my nephews. Rather than the letters you suggest I traced their ‘signature’ onto the stocking. Hopefully they will keep them for years.

  5. Ruth says:

    I made two of these for a niece and nephew, of course they weren’t exactly the same but I was only able to do the things that made them my own because you had done all the foundation work for me. I haven’t embroidered for years and I loved it. Thank you for the idea, the pattern and the advice. I would heartily encourage anyone who’s thinking about this project to do it.

  6. Jill says:

    I was looking for some ideas on how to embroider my son's name onto a name tag for his halloween costume (he's an Imagination Mover) and this is perfect! Thanks for all the excellent tutorials (and inspiration!) you provide.

  7. Erin Gianopoulos says:

    These are cute – I would LOVE to see a modern take on a knit stocking for this year! Anything like this in the works there?

  8. Tracie says:

    If I need 1/2 yard of the natural essex per stocking wouldn’t I need to purchase 3 yards to make 6 stockings? the tutorial says to buy 1 3/4 yard of natural and 6 1/2 yards of colored to make 6, maybe I’m reading something wrong. Thank you for all of your amazing tutorials!

    • Molly from the Purl Bee says:

      Hi Tracie-

      I can see why this is confusing but the materials list is correct. If you arrange the template pieces close to one another and stagger them so that you cut one right side up and the next one upside down you can get 6 stockings from 1 3/4-yards of fabric. It’s just if you are making the stockings individually that you need to get a 1/2-yard per stocking. If you wanted to do six stockings all in one color you could get 1 3/4 yards each of the lining and the outer fabrics.

      Thanks for getting in touch and please let us know if you have any more questions!


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