Once September 1 hits, fabric, craft and home goods stores start to stock their shelves with holiday wares. Whether you love it or hate it, seeing holiday stockings for sale when it’s still warm outside will never not be weird for us at Spoonflower HQ in Durham, NC. This year, we’re taking a different approach: making our own! This project can be done using 1 yard of fabric (this is a great Fill-A-Yard® project!), takes no time at all, and will have friends and family members begging for your DIY secret. Whether you tell them (or make them one) is up to you. Download your free pattern and let’s get started! (Note: As of March 2023, we are phasing out our Fleece fabric and launching Polartec® Fleece, which will also work great for this project!)

DIY Spoonflower Holiday Stockings | Spoonflower Blog
Recreate the look with these featured designs!

Materials for our Stocking | Spoonflower Blog

Materials List

  • 1 yard* of Spoonflower’s Fleece (we’re using Vintage Bells by cathleenbronsky)
  • 1 fat quarter of Fleece for the cuff (we’re using unprinted Fleece but you could also use a coordinating design)
  • A small piece of scrap fabric (to create a strap for hanging the stocking up; we’re using Organic Cotton Sateen, but anything would work)
  • Free printable stocking pattern
  • Pins
  • Thread
  • Scissors or rotary blade
  • Measuring tape

Pro tip: With the Fill-A-Yard® template, you can create two coordinating fleece stockings!

1. Cut out your pattern pieces.

Fold your fabric in half (either right sides or wrong sides together, it doesn’t matter for this step) and cut out your pieces. 

Laying out your pattern pieces, cutting them out | Spoonflower Blog

Pieces you’ll be cutting out:

  • Sock (cut 2)
  • Cuff (cut 2)
  • Strap (not pictured above; we used a scrap of Organic Cotton Sateen folded over to create a strap for hanging the stocking up, but you can use anything sturdy!)

Stocking pieces | Spoonflower Blog

2. Sew the stocking sock together.

Pin the right sides together and sew the stocking sock pieces together.

Stitch your stocking sock together | Spoonflower Blog

3. Create the strap, then topstitch.

Next, we’re going to prep our strap. Take the fabric you cut for your strap, fold it in half lengthwise and iron. Open up your strap and fold in the two long edges to meet at the center crease. Next, fold in half so the raw edges are enclosed and iron.

Iron the strap for your stocking | Spoonflower Blog

Topstitch the length of your strap to secure the edge. You should end up with something like the strap below!

Sew the fabric strap for your DIY stocking | Spoonflower Blog

4. Sew the cuff pieces together. 

Pin both cuff pieces, right sides together, and stitch down the short sides.

Sewn stocking cuff pieces | Spoonflower Blog

5. Pin the strap to the stocking sock.

Now we’re going to pin the strap to the stocking sock and sandwich it between the sock and the cuff. That way, when we flip it inside out, it’ll look clean and all raw edges will be hidden inside the cuff.  We recommend pinning your strap on the heel seam of the sock. 

Pinning strap to sock | Spoonflower Blog

6. Pin the cuff.

Pin the cuff to the sock, matching the side seams and covering the strap.

Pinning cuff to sock, matching side seams | Spoonflower Blog

7. Sew in place.

Sewing cuff in place | Spoonflower Blog

8. Turn your stocking right side out.

Finally, turn your stocking right side out. Here, you can hem the bottom of your cuff, or leave it unhemmed since Spoonflower’s Fleece doesn’t fray (consider it our gift to you!). Now, just make a couple more for your family and friends in case they get jealous.

Turning out the stocking | Spoonflower Blog

Holiday complete! Optional: Roasting chestnuts on an open fire.

Finished stocking! | Spoonflower Blog