Quilted Christmas Stocking

Hello and Happy Holidays, its Molly Hanson of Sew Wrong…Sew Right, author of Free Motion Quilting for Beginners (and those who think they can’t) and proud BERNINA ambassador, here to share with you a super quick and easy quilted Christmas stocking that you can practice your free-motion quilting on first, and then put together in just a few minutes!

Free-Motion Christmas Stocking Tutorial

I am always looking for fun new ways to get some free-motion quilting practice and then put that practice to good use with a practical project. This stocking is exactly that—perfect size to practice on, with a good amount of space and endless design options—and then in just a few minutes you can turn all that pretty quilting into something worth showing off. These would make great gifts, and if you happen to have some fabric you’ve already quilted then they are perfect last minute gifts… and what quilter doesn’t need a few of those up their sleeves? If you have an old stocking to trace, a few fat quarters and some batting and a bit of trim to use at the top then you have all you need- let’s get started!

Supplies to create a quilted Stocking

Free-Motion Christmas Stocking Tutorial - Supplies

  • One stocking that can be traced to create a pattern
  • 2 pieces of fabric big enough to trace both sides of the stocking onto
  • Batting appropriately sized to the fabric you are using—for these stocking I used fusible fleece batting, but any batting will work.
  • Stocking trim or fabric for binding the top edge—I purchased a yard of “fleece felt” which is felt with a fluffy side—and cut it down to 5″ wide strips (which I eventually folded in half) to use as my stocking trim—you can also purchase regular faux fur stocking trim in the trim section of any big box sewing store. You’ll need enough to go around the top of the stocking.

Step 1

Free-Motion Christmas Stocking Tutorial - Tracing

Trace both sides of your pattern stocking onto your top layer fabric.

Step 2

Free-Motion Christmas Stocking Tutorial - create a quilt sandwich

Create a quilt sandwich and quilt the inside of the quilt stockings as desired. If you need any quilting ideas or help try my book, you’ll find all the information you need to make these and several other great quilted projects, including many different stitch designs and options for how to use them.

Free-Motion Christmas Stocking Tutorial - Free-Motion Quilting with the free-motion embroidery foot # 24

The BERNINA Free-motion embroidery foot #24 is my choice for free motion quilting

Free-Motion Christmas Stocking Tutorial - cut out the stockings

Now that the stockings are all quilted, carefully cut around your quilted stockings right next to the edge of your traced pattern.

Step  4

Free-Motion Christmas Stocking Tutorial - ew down from the top on one of the straight sides a few inches

Now, with right sides of the stocking pieces facing and with a 1/4″ seam allowance, sew down from the top on one of the straight sides a few inches. Open the stocking up and pin your trim to the right side top edge.  Sew trim.

Step 5

Free-Motion Christmas Stocking Tutorial - Sew trim.

Once the trim is on, arrange so right sides are facing again and sew around the remaining edges of the stocking. Remember to clip your corners around the curved edges just up to the seam to make turning neater.

Free-Motion Christmas Stocking Tutorial - clip edges around the curve

Step 6

Free-Motion Christmas Stocking Tutorial - finished stocking

Turn inside out and Voila your stocking is all finished! You can add a hanging loop if you like. Hope you enjoyed this tutorial and have fun making quilted stockings this holiday season.

Our December 13 Gift For You

Today’s gift is a selection of 5 fat quarter fabric sets to one awesome WeAllSew fan. All you have to do is post a comment below answering the following question:

Which free-motion quilting design would you choose for your quilted stocking?

A winner will be chosen at random on December 14, 2015 and announced later this week!

Good luck!

Congratulations to our WeAllSew reader “cards4u”, the winner of the December 13 gift. Enjoy!

13 days until Christmas

Difficulty level: Beginner
Projects: home décor, stockings
Techniques: free-motion quilting, quilting, sewing

69 thoughts on “Quilted Christmas Stocking

  1. I would love to be able to just replicate this spiral technique – I’m a complete beginner so getting smooth curves is a challenge for me just yet, but I’m working on it!

  2. I’m not sure what the designs are called but I think I would like to try the design used on the gold or cranberry stocking in the picture : ) Thanks for this fun idea!

  3. My friend and I made these for a less fortunate family a couple of years ago. I used my Bernina to embroider each one’s name on the cuff of their stocking. Our families and friends helped fill them with age appropriate gifts and goodies. It was our gift to be able to give . ?

  4. This is all new to me. This is such a fun idea. I like the spirals shown in the tutorial. I think I would use that or some very beginning design to get started.

  5. I’m not sure which free motion quilt design I would use.
    I’m new to quilting. But I love a challenge.
    It’s to late for this year so I have a while practice to free motion to do stockings for next year.

  6. I like the spiral that was done on the sample because it reminds me of swirling snow. I live in a wintery
    place and a white Christmas is always beautiful with snow glistening on the ground when the sun shines
    and hanging on the trees. Even snow on each link in a chain link fence can look like a winter wonder land
    when viewed from afar.

  7. I love the circles in the example, but also snowflakes might be kind of cool, also, big light bulbs like you put on the tree, with the cord being grosgrain ribbon. Thanks for the great ideas, everyone is so creative!

  8. I might try the feather design that is on one of the stockings in this tutorial.
    This is a great way to practice Free Motion Quilting without being overwhelmed by a super large project.

  9. I have completed swirls fairly competently but haven’t successfully sewn the wood pattern. I really like the stocking on the far right and would like to practice it. probably because the pattern reminds me of Christmas candy.

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