December 11, 2013

Ticking Stripe Christmas Stockings

For years I've been meaning to sew simple ticking striped Christmas stockings to use in my decor.  Luckily, this was the year to get it done.

I love the way they have turned out and they now proudly hang from my kitchen shelf.

Just in case sewing some stocking has been on your to-do list also I've put together a quick tutorial on how I made mine.

First you'll need to find a pattern.  
Unless you can draw your own, but I'm not so good in the drawing department.  I was so happy to stumble upon this pattern from Moda Bake Shop.  Oda May has a great tutorial to go along with the pattern.  Check it out.

Next gather some fabric.  
I picked a red and white ticking stripe and a scrap piece of drop cloth for the cuff.

Take your main fabric and your pattern and cut out two pieces.  Next take your cuff fabric and cut off a piece large enough for the cuff plus an inch on all four sides for hemming.  Sorry I can't give you an exact size to cut.  I never measured it myself.  If it helps my finished cuff is about two and half to three inches wide.

The next step is to attach the cuff to the base of the stocking.  First take your cuff and finish one long edge with a small rolled hem.  Press this nice and flat.  Next line up the unfinished edge of the cuff with the top of the stocking base.  To do this, first layer your cuff piece on a work surface face up, and then lay the stocking base on top of it, also face up.  Pin and then sew together with a straight stitch.

Lay the two pieces out nice and flat like the photo below . . . 

Press open the seam with a hot iron.

Next flip your cuff over onto the stocking base and press this nice and flat also.

I decided to give my cuff a little detail by simply hand sewing on quick running stitch.  To do this I first pin the cuff to the stocking base to make sure it would stay where I wanted while stitching.  I then drew stitching lines with the help of a pencil and a ruler.

I then threaded three strands of embroidery floss onto a needle and quickly adding the running stitch through both the cuff and and the stocking base.

Finally, take your other base stocking piece and finish the top edge with a small rolled hem, then press.  Next layer your two stocking pieces right sides together . . . pin . . . and sew together with a straight stitch.  

Before turning the stocking right side out take the time to clip the seam allowance around the curved area's of the stocking.  You'll find your finished stocking will look nicer this way.  I finished the whole thing off by pressing the stocking nice and flat with an warm iron.  

At this point you can add a little loop of ribbon to the outside edge to hang the stocking with.  I made a fabric loop by simply cutting a long piece of my base fabric to length.  Then folded it in half lengthwise, pressed and then folded and pressed the two raw edges toward the middle.  Then folded it in half again and stitched down the open side.  Hope that makes sense.

Then your done!  Easy right!


  1. What a sweet looking christmas stockings! Thanks for sharing.


  2. I always love red and white ticking and using dropcloth for the cuff is a perfect contrast.

  3. hi robin......thanks so much for visiting my blog today......I just added your blog to my blog list...I love your all the red that you used in your home.....I am already thinking I need to add more color to mine next year for Christmas....I am trying to change my style from primitive to what ever it is called sure if I have a name for it....a little of this and a little of it is fun for me to decorate and it is always a work in progress.....I am excited to see what you have in mind for your home after the holidays.....

  4. Perfect match with your deer pillow Robin!!!!

  5. Robin,
    I love these they are adorable. I love the red and white.

  6. Thanks for the great tutorial. I am directions challenged but I think I can do it! Adorable stripes and cuff.

  7. Love them!!! I have the red and white ticking, just need something for the cuff! Thanks for sharing the awesome tutorial!

  8. How cute! I wanted to make new stockings this year BUT didn't get around to it. I love these.

  9. They are so lovely!
    Thank you so much for the tutorial!
    diane @ aug's blog

  10. Hi Robin,
    I am just nutty about red and white ticking and LOVE your stocking!
    Linda at Beautiful Ideas

  11. The hand stitching on the cuffs is what makes your socks so special, Robin. You've got the perfect spot to hang them, too!

  12. Robin, Those are REALLY cute. I think the hand stitching is what puts them over the top. Love them and they are perfect hanging there- xo Diana

  13. Love your stocking and your tutorial is excellent. Your stockings look so great hanging on the shelf. I especially love the red/white ticking. I can use the great 50% off coupon to buy some nice heavy ticking at Jo-Ann's, they have the best weight and quality. We have 3 craft stores in Grand Junction so I have a good choice for what I buy with my coupons. I rarely buy anything unless it's on sale or I have coupons. Glad I found your project on The inspiration Exchange. Happy holidays.

  14. As soon as I read ticking and stocking,,,I new I would love your latest project! Do you do orders!!

  15. That is super cute, Robin! I love it!!! Thanks so much for explaining how you do it. You are a very creative lady, I admire your style tremendously.
    Hugs, Cindy

  16. Your stockings are so pretty! Love the red ticking. Great tutorial too! Thank you for sharing it at What We Accomplished Wednesdays. Have a very merry Christmas!

  17. SO cute, Robin! Perfect on your shelf! I love the hand stitching especially!

  18. I've always loved ticking, Robin, and these red and white stockings are just my style. Thanks for the tutorial. I'm pinning this for next Christmas. Thanks for visiting my blog and leaving the nice comment. I'm following you via Bloglovin' and looking forward to more inspiration here at your Happy Home. Merry Christmas. -- Nancy @ A Joyful Cottage


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