December 10, 2012

Classic Cuffed Christmas Stocking Pattern

To begin, print off the pattern pieces and assemble them according to the instructions on each piece.

Use the assembled pattern to cut out the following pieces for each stocking:

  • From your main fabric: 1 outside front piece and 1 outside back piece (These can either be of the same fabric, or different fabrics, depending upon your preference)
  • From your muslin: 2 inside lining pieces
Now, use a rotary cutter and mat to cut a piece of fabric for the cuff portion of your stocking that is 10 x 13.5 inches.


Now that all of the cuts are made, let’s make a stocking, shall we?


To start, lay one of your muslin pieces on a flat surface (1). (Muslin really doesn’t have a right or a wrong side, so don’t worry about which direction it faces). Now, layer one of your outside pieces face up directly on top of the muslin piece, carefully lining up all of the raw edges (2). Next, layer the other outside piece face down (3) before layering your remaining muslin piece on top in a similar fashion (4). It is very important to smooth everything out very thoroughly as you create each layer, to ensure all of the edges of each layer are precisely aligned.


When everything is layered with all of the outside edges precisely aligned, pin through all layers to secure all of the pieces together. Wondering why I pinned parallel to the edge instead of perpendicular to it like is typically recommended for sewing? I do this when I plan on serging an edge, to prevent any possibility of serging over a pin. That is a helpful tip I learned from Mama Reita!

Now, serge all the way around the stacked pieces, making sure to leave the top opening unstitched. (If using a conventional sewing machine, stitch around the edges using a 1/4″ seam allowance before finishing the seam with a wide zig-zag or an overcast stitch.)

Serging around an inside corner can be challenging, but I’ve found a great way to do so with success: gently pull the fabric in front of the presser foot to the left so that its edge always creates a straight line with the edge of the fabric under the presser foot. You will likely have to fold the fabric over a bit to make this happen (see below), but manipulating the fabric this way will make stitching a curve as easy as stitching a straight line.

When everything is stitched together, set the assembled main stocking aside for now.

Fold the stocking cuff piece in half width-wise, as shown, aligning the short edges. Pin.

Serge (or stitch with a 1/4″ seam allowance) along the short edge, so that the piece forms a tube. Lay the stitched piece on a work surface and press it flat, so that the seam runs through the center of the piece, as shown.

As an aside, it looks like I need some practice lining up my chevrons, no? 😉

Now, fold the bottom edge of the tube up through the inside of the tube, so that the piece is folded in half, with wrong sides facing, and the remaining raw edges are all aligned.

Cut a 6″ length of ribbon, and form it into a loop, as shown.

With your assembled main stocking still wrong-side out, place it on a flat work surface with the toe of the stocking facing the direction you want it to face on your finished stockings. (I chose to have the toe of my set face left, but that is completely up to personal preference.) Pin the loop face down to the top raw edge of your stocking, about 1/2″ from the outside seam. Note: Make sure that you pin it only to the top two muslin and fabric layers and not through all four layers to prevent sewing the top of your stocking shut in the next step!

Stitch 1/8″ from the edge to baste the ribbon to the stocking, making sure to remove the pin when you’re finished.

Slip the cuff down over the top of the stocking, as shown, with the seamed side aligned with the side you basted the ribbon to. Pin the raw edges together, making sure to pin the cuff only through two layers through the stocking to the top remains open, as shown.

Baste the cuff to the stocking by stitching 1/8″ from the edge with a conventional sewing machine. Remove all pins, and then serge the pieces together, as shown. (If using only a conventional machine, stitch the cuff to the stocking 1/4″ from the raw edge, and then finish the seam with a wide zig-zag or overcast stitch.)

Turn the stocking right side out and press. Fold the cuff down, and press again.

To add pom-pom trim, lay the stocking face up on a work surface, and fold the cuff up. Using a glue gun and fabric hot glue sticks (I just discovered that they make such a thing!), adhere a strip of pom-pom trim to the back of the cuff, so that only the tassels and pom-poms hang over the top edge. Fold the cuff back down.

You are finished!

I love the classic silhouette of these stockings, and the pom-pom trim really adds a pop of decorative pizzazz!

Once your stockings are finished, be sure to check out my stocking-hanging tips for making them look polished and sharp!

Wanting a more modern take on Christmas stockings? Check out my Whimsical Christmas Stocking pattern, a knock-off of the stockings from Ballard Designs.

For all of the details on the rest of my mantel display, visit my 2012 Christmas Mantel post.

As always, please be considerate when using my patterns and remember that they are intended for personal, non-commercial use only. You may not make any of these stockings to sell, but feel free to use the pattern as many times you wish to make stockings for yourself or to give as gifts. Thank you!

 Thanks so much for making PS a part of your day!

Amy @ Positively Splendid

Amy @ Positively Splendid

Having grown up in a home brimming with sewing notions and paintbrushes, Amy has a deep love for all things creative. On any given day, you'll find her knee-deep in her latest creative endeavor, with projects ranging from sewing and crafts to home decor and kid-friendly ideas. Amy believes that everyone, regardless of skill level or experience, possesses the ability to create something beautiful, and Positively Splendid was born of her passion for helping others harness their innate creative potential.
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75 Responses to Classic Cuffed Christmas Stocking Pattern

  1. Jessica December 10, 2012 at 8:38 am #

    I think your stocking came out great. I love all the patterns you chose. Thanks for the great step by step tutorial. I’m thinking of making stocking for my family for next year. After Christmas, I’m hoping to get some great deals on Christmas themed fabric. Have a wonderful holiday!

    • Amy @ Positively Splendid December 10, 2012 at 11:24 am #

      Thanks so much, Jessica!

  2. Linda December 10, 2012 at 11:55 am #

    Thanks SO much for sharing this pattern; however, is anyone else having problems printing the pattern? I downloaded the pdf, but only one page printed partially. It stated “1 of 1” at the top, and I know there is supposed to be 3 pages. Please let me know if there’s a problem or if it’s me lol

    • Amy @ Positively Splendid December 10, 2012 at 7:39 pm #

      Hi, Linda! I tried downloading the pattern to a different computer with no issues. I would be happy to email you the file if you need! Let me know. amy (at) positivelysplendid (dot) com

  3. Stacy December 10, 2012 at 12:23 pm #

    gorgeous x infinity = your stockings! 🙂

  4. nest of posies December 10, 2012 at 12:43 pm #

    just gorgeous, Amy! beautiful work, as always.

  5. Pat December 10, 2012 at 2:24 pm #

    Absolutely beautiful! I love all the colors & patterns you used. I’m a new follower and am anxious to see other creations.

    • Amy @ Positively Splendid December 10, 2012 at 2:57 pm #

      Thanks so much, Pat! Welcome!

  6. Brenda December 10, 2012 at 7:33 pm #

    Hi Amy!
    I adore your stockings! I have featured your stockings on my blog at Seasons Of Joy. I love the beautiful fabrics that you have chosen! Thanks so much for sharing your talents! I want to make some! Happy Holidays to you and your family!
    Love, Brenda

    • Amy @ Positively Splendid December 10, 2012 at 7:38 pm #

      Thanks so much, Brenda, for your kind words! Happy Holidays to you, as well!

  7. Susan December 10, 2012 at 9:22 pm #

    Oh my goodness! Those stockings are perfect in every way! I’ve been searching for stockings in green and red that are cute and beautiful. Guessing you wouldnt be selling any with these fabrics?! I love them.

    • Amy @ Positively Splendid December 11, 2012 at 9:37 am #

      Susan, email me at amy (at) positivelysplendid (dot) com, and I would be happy to discuss making you a set. Thanks so much!

  8. Beverly {Flamingo Toes} December 10, 2012 at 11:39 pm #

    These are just lovely Amy! I love the fabrics and the pom poms on the cuffs are just adorable!!

  9. Amy Marshall December 11, 2012 at 2:12 am #

    Hi Amy! These are so cute! What I really love about them is they can be cutesy, elegant, country, rustic…you name it, just by the fabric you choose. Thanks so much for the pattern…I’m pinning it for later! Merry Christmas!

    • Amy @ Positively Splendid December 11, 2012 at 9:36 am #

      Thanks so much, Amy!

  10. Amanda @ Serenity Now December 11, 2012 at 11:59 am #

    First of all, great tutorial! Second of all, I think it’s so cool that you guys do a stocking for your dog too. 🙂 Santa always brings our Emma a new stuffed animal and a bag of treats. 🙂

  11. Amy December 11, 2012 at 6:59 pm #

    I love your story and share the same passions…… Must be in the name. Love your stocking display. So festive!!!!

    • Amy @ Positively Splendid December 12, 2012 at 1:16 pm #

      Thanks so much, Amy! 🙂

  12. Rachel December 12, 2012 at 3:18 am #

    I love the stockings… Do you sell them? Can you please email me about purchasing a few stockings.

  13. Trisha December 12, 2012 at 12:14 pm #

    I just finished making my stockings for this year but these are so nice! I will save this for next year. 🙂

    • Amy @ Positively Splendid December 12, 2012 at 1:16 pm #

      Thanks so much, Trisha!

  14. The 36th AVENUE December 13, 2012 at 8:18 am #

    Amy, they are so fun and cute. If you have a minute could you please link them up to my party. I would love to feature them! I am pinning…♥

  15. Tami December 14, 2012 at 9:43 am #

    Hi Amy! I was wondering if you would share the fabric line you chose for this? I just love it and it matches my other decorations perfectly!

    • Amy @ Positively Splendid December 15, 2012 at 7:41 pm #

      All fabrics here are from Premier fabrics. I mixed and matched patterns in different colors. There are so many to choose from!

  16. Tammy December 15, 2012 at 9:06 pm #

    You’ll save me looking for a stocking pattern on line somewhere! My crafting to-do list just keeps getting longer and just this evening I discovered I needed to make a stocking for someone. The good news is, I have everything I need on hand! And now that I have the pattern I can take a little more time perusing the link parties, like Bev’s where I found your tute. Thanks again 🙂

    • Amy @ Positively Splendid December 15, 2012 at 9:33 pm #

      Terrific, Tammy! Happy sewing!

  17. Donna December 15, 2012 at 11:14 pm #

    These are lovely. I live how bright and colorful they are. Thanks for sharing

  18. Donna December 15, 2012 at 11:14 pm #

    These are lovely. I live how bright and colorful they are. Thanks for sharing

  19. Rhondi December 23, 2012 at 1:41 pm #

    The stockings you are are adorable. I wish I had seen this earlier and I would have made some. It will definitely be on my to do list next year.!

    • Amy @ Positively Splendid December 31, 2012 at 8:23 am #

      Thanks so much, Rhondi!

  20. KC December 25, 2012 at 8:26 pm #

    Love these!! I hope to make these for next year. I see you used 6 different fabrics, do you mind telling me how much material you used for each fabric? Thanks! 🙂

    • Amy @ Positively Splendid December 31, 2012 at 8:22 am #

      Hi, KC! The fabric I used is wide (54″), and I was able to cut enough for the front and back of two stockings from 1/2 yard. If you buy muslin for the lining that is equally wide, you will need 1/2 yard of your outer fabric, 1/2 yard of your lining fabric, plus 1/4 yard for your cuff fabric. Have fun sewing! 🙂

      • Katie November 7, 2013 at 4:07 pm #

        Can I get some clarification? Will 1/2 yard outer fabric, 1/2 yard lining fabric, and 1/4 yard for your cuff be enough for 2 stockings or just one?

        • Amy @ Positively Splendid November 8, 2013 at 8:10 am #

          Hi, Katie! Depending upon the width of your fabric, for directional prints, you should be able to get 2 stockings per half yard.

  21. Stacy December 28, 2012 at 2:45 pm #

    I love your stockings!! Where did you get your fabrics? I went looking today but couldn’t find any fabric I liked as much as yours.

    • Amy @ Positively Splendid December 31, 2012 at 8:13 am #

      Thanks so much, Stacy! All of the fabrics I used are from Premier Fabrics: Their fabrics are terrific quality, and they are a pleasure to work with. You can also purchase them from for a considerable cost savings. Thanks for stopping in!

  22. Grandma Debbie July 13, 2013 at 12:48 am #

    Love your design!! I live in Thailand and am making stockings for my families in NYC. Not so easy finding the right fabrics here, but I found some that will work. Thank you for the excellent tutorial. I’m off to my sewing room right now to get started so I can take them when I visit NYC in Sept/Oct.

    • Amy @ Positively Splendid July 15, 2013 at 5:18 pm #

      Wonderful, Debbie! Have fun!

      • Pat C November 7, 2013 at 2:26 pm #

        Just searching the web for a Christmas stocking pattern and found yours. Printed it out and already working on it. I will be embroidering a design on mine. Thanks for making it so easy!!
        Pat C

        • Amy @ Positively Splendid November 8, 2013 at 8:11 am #

          Terrific, Pat! Happy stitching!

  23. Sabrina November 7, 2013 at 12:42 am #

    Love love the stockings!! Do u sell them and how much?

    • Amy @ Positively Splendid November 8, 2013 at 8:12 am #

      Hi, Sabrina! At this time, I do not offer items to sell. Not enough hours in the day! 🙂

  24. Denise November 7, 2013 at 8:52 pm #

    What font did you use for the embroidery stockings.

  25. Stephanie November 15, 2013 at 1:23 pm #

    Can you tell me how much fabric you bought to complete this project?

    Thank you!!

    I love these 🙂

    • Amy @ Positively Splendid November 18, 2013 at 2:17 pm #

      Hi, Stephanie! All of the fabrics used here are by Premier Fabrics. Happy sewing!

  26. Hannah November 15, 2013 at 5:22 pm #

    Hi, great pattern! I am planning to make this and have my cuff monogrammed. Do you know the length and width of the finished cuff from the front?

  27. Jana November 16, 2013 at 8:31 pm #

    I am currently making the stockings and have run into a problem. Would you please tell me what the finished width of your stockings turned out to be? My cuff is about 2 inches too wide so I am trying to figure out where the problem is. Also, was there any ease in the cuff when you made it? Thank you!

  28. Anne November 21, 2013 at 1:05 pm #

    Hello Amy,
    I saw this pattern for the Christmas stocking and love love love them…. I printed the instructions but don’t know how to cut out the stocking part. I saw the part about the cuff, but could not find the pattern for the stocking itself.
    Thank you,

  29. Anne November 21, 2013 at 1:09 pm #

    Dear Amy,
    Nevermind, I am such a dodo…. I found it!!
    Thank you for this cute stocking pattern!

  30. Andrea Jackson December 1, 2013 at 1:09 am #

    Would there be anyway to buy these? I need 4 like yours that match but each ones diff! I absolutely love these and I am not a sewer:-(

    • Amy @ Positively Splendid December 1, 2013 at 1:43 pm #

      I am so sorry, Andrea, but at this time I do not make items for sale.

  31. Ashley December 1, 2013 at 7:42 pm #

    How much fabric total is needed?

  32. kim December 5, 2013 at 1:31 pm #

    Love these stockings!! Can you tell me what the finished stocking measures? width? length? Thanks:)

  33. Lauren December 14, 2013 at 6:20 pm #

    Hi! So excited to try this pattern, it looks like exactly the size I want. One question…I have the pattern printed, and I see 3 pieces: the toe, the heel and the shaft. But what about the cuff? Is there a pattern for that? I’ve looked up and down through all your instructions and the pattern, and I’m just not seeing it. Please help, thanks!

    • Amy @ Positively Splendid December 14, 2013 at 7:11 pm #

      Hi, Lauren! There isn’t a pattern piece for the cuff, but in the cutting directions at the top of this page, it specifies to use a rotary cutter and mat to cut a piece for the cuff that is 10×13.5″. Have fun sewing! 🙂

      • Lauren December 14, 2013 at 7:30 pm #

        Awesome, thank you! I knew I was just missing it somewhere 🙂

  34. Claire December 16, 2013 at 7:46 pm #

    Quick question for those of us who are new to sewing: If I’m using a conventional sewing machine, after I do the initial stitch 1/4″ from the edge, do I then finish the seam over the original stitch? Or ouside, closer to the edge of the fabric?


    • Amy @ Positively Splendid January 7, 2014 at 5:53 am #

      You finish outside the seam, closer to the raw edge of the fabric. Good question!

  35. Linda December 17, 2013 at 10:30 am #

    I fell in love with these as soon as I saw them and knew I had to make some for our family! I have them displayed on my mantle now and would love for you to see:
    Thank you so much for sharing the pattern and tutorial and being the inspiration for these amazing stockings my family will enjoy for years to come!


    • Amy @ Positively Splendid January 7, 2014 at 5:53 am #

      They turned out lovely, Linda! Thank you so much for sharing them with me!

  36. ana December 22, 2013 at 11:57 pm #

    Hello!!! So beautiful. What kind fabric did u use??? Thanks.

  37. Janet December 24, 2013 at 12:41 am #

    I completed 8 of these this weekend for our family (including 1 for the dog)! The pattern worked beautifully, thank you. I used a variety of primitive prints and trimmed them with vintage lace from my grandmother. registered & protected

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