When I was a baby my Christmas stocking was cute, little and pink. I remember when I grew old enough for a classic red stocking like the rest of my family. My older sister (10 years older) hot glued red felt letters spelling my name across the white cuff and I got to pick out sequins to hot glue at the edges of the letters.
But my husband doesn’t have any special memories with stockings and never had one that was just his. I bought stockings to match mine, but it bugs me that they are clearly bought at different times because they don’t match perfectly. So while I will never get rid of my childhood stockings, my husband and I decided years ago to have stockings that match our home and not necessarily sentimental.
Several years ago I made modern, untraditional Christmas stockings to match my decor. Only after making them did I realized I didn’t like the blue and yellow color scheme or the white satin I used for the main part. So this year I made some new ones in a more neutral color palate.
I’ve realized my decorating style is a touch of traditional with a touch of minimalism. Clean, simple lines. And while my usual decor is grays, whites, aqua, yellow, and a touch of navy, I don’t necessarily want that for my Christmas decor. I missed the traditional red and green with the blue and yellow stockings I made.
So these new modern neutral Christmas stockings are embracing the simple and touching traditional. I found a selection of linen in a variety of colors in the remnant bin at Joanns and was able to get two stocking bottoms and two stocking cuffs out of each color. I made my own stocking outline from my old traditional ones and straightened the sides a little. (Anyone interested in a free pattern? I’ve been meaning to figure out how to share something like that…) The cuffs are about 4.5 inches tall.
In assembling the stockings, I first laid the cuffs right over the top of the stockings and sewed along the bottom edge 1/8” from the edge of the cuff. Then I pulled out this muted green ribbon from my stash. I sewed it over the bottom edge of the cuff so the ribbon encloses the raw edge of the cuff. Once I did that for both sides, I placed the two sides right side together and sewed along the sides.
My stockings are fully lined, but you could choose to just fold the top edge under twice and sew it in place. If you want line the stockings, cut out two more stocking pieces, place them right sides together, and sew along the sides. However, you need to leave an opening about 3” long for turning. I like to place it on one of the straight parts of the stocking. The lining doesn’t need to be the same fabric as the outside of the stocking. I used a soft lining fabric when my outer fabric was already stiff and vice versa.
Either way, lined or not, you’ll need to clip the curved edges of the outer stocking fabric before turning it right side out. The closer together you clip, the smoother your stocking curves will be.
If you are lining the stocking, turn the outside fabric right side out and press the curves well. Leaving the lining fabric inside out. Place the outer stocking fabric inside the lining fabric and match the top edges of the stocking. Sandwich a loop inside the layers with the edges of the loop lined up with the top of the stocking. Sew all along the top of the stocking. Give the area where the loop is a few extra passes with the machine to make sure it is secure enough to hold lots of goodies. 🙂
Pull the outer stocking through the hole in the lining and sew up the hole. Then stuff the lining into the stocking and press the top edge. You can top stitch along the top for extra security or for looks too.
And that’s it! I looped some wooden letters over the hanging loops to designate which stocking belongs to which person in our family. I’m liking this modern neutral Christmas stocking and hope it keeps working for me in the years to come!