Learn how to sew a large Christmas stocking with lining and cuff; the perfect size stocking for Santa to fill!
Who doesn’t love Christmas stockings filled to the brim with toys, treats and goodies from St. Nick?! Christmas stockings have always been one of my children’s favorite things about Christmas. Their stockings were always filled with unique items and treats. It’s like Santa knew exactly what they might like!
Our Christmas stockings have changed through the years, but one thing hasn’t. Anticipation!
Why Large Christmas Stockings?
We have a blended family that consists of seven children (all adults now). When we decided to join our two families, my husband’s children had these nice handmade Christmas stockings with little designs appliqued on the front of them.
My children, on the other hand, had a variety of stockings that they have had since each of them were very young. So, I decided to take one of the handmade stockings, trace it to make a pattern and made everyone stockings to match.
The stockings were a nice size. And they’ve lasted us a number of years now. But, then came grandchildren. Who knew that grandchildren needed larger stockings? I mean, how could all the goodies that Santa wants to leave them fit into those “regular” sized Christmas stockings?!
So, back to the drawing board. I took the stocking pattern I made all those years ago and enlarged it. These large Christmas stockings with lining and a contrast cuff are the perfect size for ALL THE THINGS!
Q. What are the stocking measurements?
Glad you asked! The pattern measure 10″ across at the top, with the widest width being 23″ and 22-1/4″ long. The finished measurements are 9-1/4″ across the top and approximately 21-1/2″ long. A nice size stocking for stuffing.
Q. Is the stocking machine washable?
Yes, it is! If you plan to wash your stocking or want to be able to wash it, I recommend washing and drying the fabric before you cut out the fabric and sew up your stocking. Then you can wash as normal and press with your iron for a nice finish.
Q. Can I use faux fur for the cuff instead?
Most definitely! Depending on the fur you use, I have a couple of recommendations. You’ll also find a tutorial here on how to sew a stocking with a faux fur cuff.
- I recommend you cut your faux fur 20″ wide by 5-1/4″ high. Then you’ll also want to cut a piece of white cotton fabric 20”x5-1/4″. Stitch the fur and the cotton by placing right sides together and stitch along one of the long edges. (Now, be sure to pay attention to the direction of the fur before you cut out it out so that it lays the direction you want on the stocking.) Open up the cuff and stitch the short edges together. Fold the cuff along the seam line. Then you’ll attach the raw edges to the stocking with the fur side facing up. Follow the steps to attach the loop and the lining. Turn stocking right side out, close opening in lining and press your stocking!
- You could also simply cut a piece of faux fur that is 20” wide by maybe 5″ high. Simply stitch short ends together (right sides together), then attach to stocking with the fur side up. Follow the rest of the instructions for sewing the large Christmas stocking.
Q. Is there a pattern available?
As of the writing of this tutorial, I do not have a pattern available. Since it’s such a large pattern, I have to break it down in to printer size pieces and I just haven’t gotten around to doing so. It’s on my “to do” list. But, honestly, you can take any Christmas stocking and trace around it, enlarging it proportionately, and create your very own custom pattern.
- 1 yd fabric for stocking outside
- 1 yd fabric for stocking lining
- 1 yd batting or fusible fleece
- matching thread
- cutting mat
- rotary cutter
- wonder clips
- 1 Cuff = 10-1/2"Hx20"W
- 1 Loop = 6-1/2"Hx2-1/2"W
- Cut 2 outside fabric pieces
- Cut 2 lining fabric pieces
- Cut 2 batting pieces for stocking
- Cut 1 batting for cuff 4-3/4"x19-1/2"
- If you haven't done so already, cut two pieces of fabric for the outside of your stocking, two pieces from the lining fabric and two pieces of batting or fusible fleece. You will also cut one piece of fabric for your cuff and one piece of batting for the cuff. As well as one piece of fabric for the loop.
- Follow the manufacturer's instructions for adhering the fusible fleece to the outside stocking fabric pieces. You should have two pieces of fabric for your stocking and will want to adhere the fusible fleece to the wrong side of each. IF you are using batting instead, quilt the outside fabric pieces to your batting as desired.
- Lay one of your outside stocking fabric pieces (with the interfacing already attached or fused) face up. Place the second outside stocking fabric piece face down on top of the first. Your stockings should be right sides together. Pin or clip the along the edges. Leaving the top open, sew using a 1/4" seam allowance all the way around the stocking. Clip curves and turn the stocking right side out and set aside.
- Place lining pieces right sides together and pin or clip edges together. Start sewing along one of the top edges and leave a 5" opening either along the leg or arch of the foot. Again, use a 1/4" seam allowance, start at the top, leave a 5" opening, and continue sewing all the way around to the top of the other side of the stocking. (Leave the top open.) Leave the lining piece wrong side or inside out.
- Take your cuff piece, fold in half lengthwise, wrong sides together, and press. Unfold cuff piece and adhere fusible fleece in place, lining up the top of the fleece with the fold line. Fold cuff right sides together widthwise (the shorter sides) and sew 1/4" seam. The cuff should now look like a tube. Fold the cuff down along the fold line (wrong sides together) and set aside.
- For the loop (which is how you'll hang your stocking), fold the fabric in half lengthwise with wrong sides together and press. Open fabric and fold in each of the long edges 1/4" and press in place. Stitch 1/8" topstitch along both long edges and set aside.
- Time to sew the pieces together! With your outer stocking piece RIGHT side out, place cuff on top of stocking, lining up the top raw edges and the side seams, pin or clip in place. Fold the loop in half and place on the backside of the cuff (make sure you know which direction you want your
stockings to hang and affix the loop accordingly) about an inch from the side seam. Place entire stocking inside the stocking lining (lining should be wrong side out). Line up seams and raw edges. Re-pin or clip in place along raw edges. Sew 1/2" seam along top edge of stocking, making sure to reinforce stitching over the loop.
- Turn the stocking right side out through the opening left in the lining. Stitch the opening closed with a narrow stitch. Push the lining inside the stocking.
- You can add finishing touches to your stocking by adding some top stitching along the top of the stocking and the bottom of the cuff. You can also add some hand stitching or embroidery to the cuff.
- If you want to monogram or add a name to the stocking cuff, I would do so before attaching the cuff to the stocking. Make sure when you put the cuff, stocking and loop together that you have everything facing the correct direction. For example, you want your monogram to be on the front of the stocking and your loop to be on the back.
- Sew right sides together using 1/4" seam allowance, unless otherwise noted.
- Lay fabric pieces right side together before cutting.
- Cut 2 pieces of batting for the stockings. If you are using fusible
fleece, be sure you have two opposite pieces so that the fusible side faces the wrong side of each stocking outside fabric pieces.
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I hope you enjoyed learning how to make your very own large Christmas stocking. If you make a stocking, please come share a picture on A Handmade Home Facebook Group page. Or share a photo on Instagram and be sure to tag me #thebirchcottage, so I can see your stocking!
Til next time…
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