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Quilt As You Go Christmas Stocking Tutorial

Quilt As You Go Christmas Stocking Tutorial

For the past several years, this Quilt As You Go Christmas Stocking Tutorial has been one of my most popular posts. It was one of the tutorials in my monthly Christmas on a Budget series back in 2011.

The photos were taken at night so they were a little darker than I would have liked and while it did the job of showing how to make this style of quilted stocking, it’s been wanting a complete update.

To that end, I’ve spent the past few days making new stockings and taking brighter, better photos. I’ve also updated the instructions to make them as clear as possible.

I hope you’ll enjoy making one or more of these Quilt As You Go Stockings! They really are super easy to make and a great way to use up scraps and strips of fabric.


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How to Make a Quilt As You Go Christmas Stocking


Print out the Christmas stocking template (available for free in my pattern shop.)

Please note: If you have pop-ups blocked, you will need to temporarily disable them in order for the download button to work. 

Tape the pattern together by matching the circles. Cut out the paper pattern.

To make the quilt as you go stocking pieces:

Pin the pattern to a double layer of batting. 

Paper stocking pattern pinned to double layer of batting laid out on a cutting mat.

Cut out leaving 1/2 inch extra all the way around.

Batting for the stocking base cut out with half inch extra all the way around.

Cut two stocking shapes from a white (or light colored) fabric and two from lining fabric to coordinate with your stocking this time cutting along the edge of the paper pattern.

White and green fabric stockings cut out and laying on a green cutting mat.
Place the one white fabric stocking piece on each of the batting pieces. 

These will form the base upon which you’ll quilt-as-you-go.

White fabric stocking shapes layered on batting to make the stocking base.

Make sure to have the stockings pieces be mirror images of each other. You wouldn’t want to do all the quilting only to discover that you have quilted one of the bases on the wrong side.

Next, go through your stash of Christmas fabric leftover from other projects and cut strips of varying widths from 1 ¼” to 2″ and between 9″ and 12″ long.

If your fabric strips are a bit longer that’s okay. You can trim them down after sewing the strip to the base.

You’ll also need to cut a 2″ X 6″ strip of fabric to make the stocking hanger.

Several strips of a variety of Christmas print fabric lined up on a green cutting mat

Place the first strip right side facing up, matching the long edge with the top of the white fabric part of the stocking base. Baste across the top of stocking to hold the strip in place.

Sewing the first strip of fabric to stocking base

Lay the second strip right sides together along the bottom of the first strip. 

Sew along the strips to the stocking base using a ¼” seam allowance.

Sewing the second strip of fabric to the stocking base

Flip the second strip towards the bottom of the stocking and press well.

An iron pressing the second strip of fabric down

Lay a third strip right side together with the second strip. Sew across the bottom of the strips. 

Continue in this manner until you have covered the entire fabric part of the stocking base.

To give the finished quilting a more varied look, you may wish to place strips on a slight angle before sewing.

Sewing a strip of fabric to the stocking base with the strip on an slight angle

Then as you get closer to the heel and toe, angle the strips even more to follow the shape of the stocking.

Remember to flip and press each strip after it’s sewn in place so they lay nice a flat, ready for the next strip to be added.

Four strips of Christmas fabric sewn to stocking base

Repeat the above steps for the second stocking base.

Place the paper pattern piece on top of the quilted stocking base; lining it up as best you can with the fabric base. Pin pattern piece in place and cut out.

Paper pattern pinned to quilted stocking base ready to be cut out.

Repeat with second quilted stocking base.

Paper pattern pinned to second quilted stocking base with the cut out one laying beside it and a pair of blue handled scissors.

Baste along the toe of the stocking to prevent the fabric from shifting when the quilted pieces are sewn together..

An arrow and text showing the line of basting on the toe of the stocking.

You’ll have two quilted stocking pieces that look something like this.

The two quilting stocking shapes cut out laying on a green cutting mat.

Pin the quilted stocking bases right sides together and sew using a 3/8″ seam allowance.

If you have one, switch your presser foot for a walking foot.

If not, simply use lots of pins to hold the pieces together and slow down as you sew.

The two quilted stocking pieces pinned and being sewn together.

Trim seam allowance to ¼”.

A pair of scissors trimming excess seam allowance from quilted stocking

Notch the outside curves and clip the inside curves, as pictured.

The quilted stocking sewn together with the seam allowance trimmed and curves notched.

Turn the quilted stocking right sides out.

To sew the lining:

Pin the lining pieces right sides together.

You’ll need to leave a 4″ to 5″ opening on the back of the stocking for turning the stocking right.

I’ll explain how I do this so that I have nice crisp edges for closing the lining after the stocking is turned right side out.

Use two pins, placed side by side, to indicate where you want the opening.

The green lining for the stocking being sewn together

Starting at the top of the stocking sew using slightly more than 3/8″ seam allowance. Backtack at the beginning of the seam. At the first set of double pins, backtack then adjust your stitch length to a longer basting stitch. Sew to the second set of double pins. Backtack and reset your stitch length for regular sewing.

Complete the seam all the way around to the other side of the top of the stocking. Backtack at the end of the seam.

Trim the seam, notch and clip the seam allowance as you did with the quilted outside of the stocking. Leave the area around where the opening will be untrimmed.

Green lining for the stocking after the seam allowance has been trimmed with curves notched

Press the seam allowance open along the untrimmed area.

An iron pressing the seam allowance open

Flip the stocking over and press the other side.

Showing the opposite seam allowance pressed open

Remove the basting stitches and set the lining aside.

To make the hanging loop:

Fold the 2″ X 6″ strip of fabric in half lengthwise.

Green strip of fabric being pressed in half with an iron.

Open the pressed strip, fold one long edge to the center. Press.

An iron pressing the second crease on the green strip of fabric for the stocking hanger

Repeat for the opposite side.

Fold in half again and press well.

Doubled folded strip of green fabric being pressed with an iron.


Topstitch close to the edge along both long sides of the stocking hanger.

Topstitching along the edge of the green stocking hanger

Pin the stocking hanger loop to the right side of the back of the quilted stocking.

The green hanging loop pinned to the back of the right side of the quilted stocking.Baste in place.

Insert the quilted stocking into the lining right sides together, matching seam allowances. Sew all the way around the top of the stocking using a 3/8″ seam allowance.

If you have a free arm sewing machine, sew on the outside.  But if you don’t, then it’s easiest to sew around the inside for this seam.

Sew over the area with the hanging loop a second time. The loop holds the weight of all the goodies that Santa brings so you want it to be secure.

Sewing the outside and lining of the stocking together along the top edge

Turn the stocking right sides out through the opening in the lining.

The quilted stocking being turned right side out through the opening in the lining.

Hand sew the opening closed using an invisible stitch (aka the ladder stitch.)

The opening in the lining being hand sewn closed with needle and thread.

Push the lining down inside the quilted stocking. Press upper edge. 

Topstitch ¼” from the top edge of the stocking.

Topstitching aroud the top edge of the QAYG stocking

Admire the finished stocking.

Finished Quilt as you go stocking with toe pointing left

Both sides are equally pretty so you could display it either with the toe facing left or right.

Finished Quilt as you go stocking with toe pointing right

I do hope you enjoy making your own Quilt As You Go Christmas stocking.

Please do take a photo, post it on your favorite social media and tag me so I can come see. I’m @supermomnocape on Instragram, @1SuperMomNoCape on Twitter and @1SuperMomNoCape on Facebook.


If you’d like to see what yours might look like in blues, reds and silvers, check out these three beautiful quilt-as-you-go stockings,with each side different for a total of six more examples to inspire you.




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Quilted Christmas stocking hung from a bannister with pine boughs

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  • Annette Vernon
    November 5, 2021 10:28 am

    Have made 4 stockings so far using this tutorial and have 4 more cut and ready to be made. I just bought a stocking pattern at the thrift store for 50 cents because I don’t have a printer and it has worked perfect using this technique. Love it.

    • Super Mom No Cape
      November 5, 2021 12:07 pm

      I’m so glad you’re getting good use out of the tutorial, Annette. Knowing people are using my tutorials makes the time creating them all worthwhile.

      Using a thrift store stocking as a pattern is a great option for those without access to a printer.

  • Melody Asher Anderson
    October 21, 2021 8:49 pm

    I’ve done lots of quilt as you go but I’m having trouble downloading the template.

    • Super Mom No Cape
      October 22, 2021 11:56 am

      Hello Melody,

      If you have a pop-up blocker make sure to turn it off temporarily so that the download pop-up can work.

      If you don’t have a pop-up blocker make sure to check your spam/promotions folder to see if the email with the download is there.

      Hope that helps.

  • Stephanie
    December 17, 2020 8:05 am

    Great instructions…I was able to make two very personalized stockings for my grandchildren in 3 days!,

  • patricia Thomas
    December 14, 2020 9:13 am

    Pattern wouldn’t download for me.

    • Super Mom No Cape
      December 14, 2020 11:38 am

      Please check your download folder on your computer. That’s where most people find it when they don’t think it has downloaded.

  • Rachel
    July 9, 2020 1:51 pm

    Festive as well as frugal!

    • Super Mom No Cape
      July 15, 2020 5:28 pm

      Thank you Rachel!

  • Robin (rsIslandCrafts)
    November 27, 2011 8:33 am

    I love making scrappy strip stockings. I sew my strips right to the batting though. Same way I make scrappy placemats.

  • Shez
    November 27, 2011 8:16 am

    thankyou for showing us how to make this stocking,it looks fantastic,well done

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