How to Make Embroidered Christmas Stockings [FREE Pattern + Tutorial]

Introduce new traditions this holiday season with these beautiful embroidered Christmas stockings. Below you’ll find a free pattern for the stocking, and the accompanying tutorial for how to personalize it with machine or hand embroidery for a quick gift that is sure to become a family heirloom.

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Learn how to make this small stocking using a FREE pattern and embellishing with hand or machine embroidery.

Materials you’ll need:

  • Cotton fat quarter for the outside stocking
  • Cotton fat quarter for the stocking lining
  • Cotton fabric (white or cream) 12” x 3” for the cuff
  • 12” coordinating eyelet
  • Embroidery font, alphabet or monogram
  • Embroidery thread
  • Cut-away stabilizer (for machine embroidery)  
  • Ornament hanger

Part 1: Sew the stocking

fabric swatches for DIY christmas stocking

1.  Using the pattern template, cut two pieces of the outer stocking and lining. Pair each outer stocking piece with lining pieces, wrong sides together.

free stocking pattern lining

2. Place the outer and lining pairs together with the right sides of the outer stockings facing each other. Stitch all around the sides using a 1/4″ seam allowance and leave the top open.

Part 2: Create the cuff

Embroidering a name on a DIY Christmas stocking

3. Cut a piece of white or cream cotton fabric 12″ x 3″ for the cuff. If embroidering by machine, hoop a cut-away stabilizer and embroider a name or monogram on the cuff fabric, centering it horizontally, and vertically placing it in the center or lower third of the cuff. After embroidery, trim away stabilizer close to the embroidery.

free stocking pattern press away from eyelet

4. Stitch eyelet trim to the bottom of the cuff, right sides together, with a quarter-inch seam. Press the seam away from the eyelet.

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5. Fold an inch on each end of the cuff to the wrong side. Use glue stick to hold the fold in place.

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6. Sew the cuff to the stocking, placing the right side of the cuff around the top opening and against the right side of the lining. Stitch a quarter-inch seam to attach.

Embroidered Christmas Stocking

7. Turn the stocking right-side out and fold the cuff to the outside. Attach a hanger, and it’s done!

Need some fonts and monograms for your embroidered Christmas stockings?

We’ve roundup some of favorites for both machine embroidery and hand embroidery here! You can use them for embroidered Christmas stockings, among other things!

Tip: Learn all about monogram etiquette in our post on monogram rules.

Vine Monograms 4 Frames

Vine Monograms & Frames

This design set is versatile as you can use the monograms with or without the frames.

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Appliqué Alphabet

The medium appliqué font or the small satin-stitched letters would work really well for this size stocking.

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Alphabet Ver 30

This font has a sweet innocence that makes it perfect for youngsters.


Flowery Flourish Alpha

If hand embroidery is your thing, try this elegant font on your embroidered Christmas stockings. If hand embroidery font patterns are too large for the cuff, simply reduce their size on a copy machine before embroidering.


Shabby Roses Monogram

What’s better than a shabby rose alphabet? A FREE one, of course!


Alphabet Sampler Quilt

A happy bluebird, flowers, and hearts all accent this alphabet. Use them all, use only some, or just stitch the alphabet, it’s all up to you.

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