DIY: Stocking Advent Calendar

Learn how to make these mini Christmas Stockings that you can use as decorations and hang on the Christmas Tree. Alternatively sew 24 of these and make your very own Christmas Stocking Advent Calendar that could be presented on the Christmas Tree or hung as bunting. A great way to make up a Christmas inspired project and learn some new skills and techniques.

Check out the corresponding YouTube tutorial: DIY: Stocking Advent Calendar.
Download our free Mini Stocking Pattern: Mini Stocking Pattern.

Start by collecting the supplies and equipment you require:
– Scissors
– Pins
– Ruler or Tape Measure
– Pencil or Chalk
– Fabric (stocking exterior and lining) – we used 100% Cotton
– Fabric (cuff & stocking hanging tab) – we used 100% Cotton
– Rope
– Optional: Fabric for Appliqué & Bondaweb or Embroidery Thread

Start by downloading the pattern from the website or drawing your own stocking and cuff. Download the Mini Stocking Pattern. We recommend drawing the pattern onto card for ease.

Position the stocking pattern onto the WRONG side of the fabric and draw around the pattern. There are NO seam allowances, so leave room to add these.

Think about the placement of the fabric on the stocking, especially if you have a printed fabric with a directional print.

Draw around the pattern using pencil or chalk (we are using a pen so that it shows in the images). You will need to draw around the stocking 4 times for each stocking that you plan to create (2 for the exterior and 2 for the interior).

Be sure to flip the pattern so that you are creating opposite shapes. You will need 2 stocking shapes in one direction and 2 stocking shapes in the opposite direction for each stocking.

Draw around the template line, adding a seam allowance of 1/4″ (5mm).

Cut out the stocking shape around the exterior drawn line (seam allowance). You will need to cut out 4 stocking shapes for each stocking you wish to make.

For every stocking you will require 4 stocking shapes cut out of your fabric. 2 for the exterior and 2 for the lining (make sure that you cut out 2 opposite shapes for the exterior and 2 opposite shapes for the lining).

If you are planning on adding a number or initials onto the stocking we recommend that you complete this now, whilst the fabric is flat. There are a number of different options to consider; hand embroidery or machine appliqué. Check out our corresponding YouTube tutorials for hand embroidery stitches and machine appliqué techniques.

How To: Back Stitch (Appliqué)
How To: Stem Stitch
How To: Appliqué (3 different stitches)

We decided to complete a stem stitch in the format of numbers for a Christmas Advent Calendar. To complete embroidery we recommend that you draw the number or letter onto the RIGHT side of the fabric using a removable pen or chalk. Try to centre the letter or number and be consistent (if you are working with other stockings).

Complete your chosen method of embroidery or appliqué prior to continuing with the stocking. Complete on the RIGHT side of ONE piece of stocking fabric. This will be the front of the stocking so think about the direction you would like the foot of the stocking to fall towards and be consistent.

Place two stocking pieces RIGHT sides together. Pin along the drawn template outline, pinning the two layers together. Complete for the exterior and lining fabric.

At the sewing machine stitch along the drawn template outline around the stocking. Do NOT sew across the top opening. Complete for both the exterior and interior stockings.

Trim the seam allowances to 1/8″ (3mm). Turn the exterior stocking to the RIGHT side and press flat.

Create Stocking Cuff
Download the pattern for the stocking cuff and draw onto card for ease. The template has NO seam allowances.

The bottom shorter edge of the cuff is to be placed on the FOLD of the fabric. Create a fold in your fabric, (think about the fabric direction on the stocking cuff). Draw around the cuff using a pencil or chalk.

Add a seam allowance of 1/4″ (5mm) around the drawn template using a ruler and pencil or chalk.

Cut out the cuff around the outside (seam allowance) line, you will only require 1 stocking cuff per stocking.

At the sewing machine stitch along BOTH side seams of the cuff. From the top edge along the curve to the folded edge. Sew along the drawn outline of the template. Back stitch at the start and end of sewing to secure the seam.

Trim the seam allowance to 1/8″ (3mm).

Turn to the RIGHT side and press flat. Make sure that the seam allowances are sitting on the edge of the cuff.

Stocking Hanging Tab
Cut out a hanging tab for the stocking that measures a width of 2″ (5cm) and length of 5″ (12cm).

Press BOTH long edges towards the centre of the rectangle, WRONG sides facing together.

Press in half again to create a finished hanging tab that measures 1/2″ (1.25cm) in width and 5″ (12cm) in length.

Stitch along both edges of the tab approximately 1/8″ (3mm) away from the edge. Stitch along the open edge first and then complete along the opposite side.

Fold the hanging tab in half, matching the raw edges of fabric together.

Stitch approximately 1/4″ (5mm) away from the raw edge of the fabric. Stitch forwards and backwards to secure the hanging tab and hold it together.

Position the cuff onto the exterior stocking. Line up the top edges and match the sewn side curves of the stocking cuff along the side seam (furthest away from the toe of the stocking).

Pin around the top edge of the cuff and stocking, holding the layers together.

Sew the two layers together on the sewing machine or by hand. On the sewing machine you will need to sew from the INSIDE of the stocking, around the small circle. Stitch along the 1/4″ (5mm) drawn line completed when you traced around the original stocking template. Back stitch at the start and end of sewing to secure the seam.

This can be tricky if you are new to sewing, instead you could complete a simply running stitch by hand 1/4″ (5mm) away from the edge of the fabric.

Attach the stocking hanging tab onto the stocking. This should be positioned centrally onto the side seam (on top of the curved stocking cuff).  Match the edge of the hanging tab with the edge of the stocking fabric and cuff.

Stitch onto the stocking using the sewing machine, simply sew forwards and backwards to secure. Alternatively hand sew in place.

Take the stocking lining and press the seam allowance of 1/4″ (5mm) towards the WRONG side. The lining of the stocking should have the WRONG side of the fabric facing OUT.

Position the lining into the exterior part of the stocking, WRONG sides together. You will need to use your fingers to push the lining into the shape.

Turn down 1/4″ (5mm) of the exterior stocking and cuff towards the WRONG side (press if required). Pin the lining around the inside of the top edge. Ideally the lining should cover the stitching that fastened the cuff to the exterior stocking.

Complete a slip stitch, fell stitch to fasten the lining to the exterior stocking. Check out our YouTube tutorial and watch how this is done if you are new to this techniques: DIY: Stocking Advent Calendar.

If are planning on making an Advent Calendar and require 24 stockings you may find that adding an lining is too much work. Instead you could bind the top seam allowances with some bias binding, or simply press the seam allowance of the exterior fabric and cuff to the WRONG side, topstitching on the right side of the stocking cuff to hold them in place.

Stocking Advent Bunting
If you are planning on making advent bunting you will need some rope or string to hang the stockings. Tie a knot at the end of the piece of rope and trim off any extra for a neat finish.

Decide on how much rope you will need to hang up the bunting, leave this amount free at the end of the piece of rope. Then complete another knot before adding the FIRST stocking. Simply place knots in between the stockings to stop them from moving (be consistent with the distance between the knots). Leave another section of rope at the end of the bunting (the same as the start) for hanging the bunting. Finish the rope with another knot.

Congratulations you have created your very own mini stockings to hang as decorations or make as an Advent Calendar for your Christmas Tree or Bunting. Share your projects with us on Facebook and Instagram, we would love to see how you get on.