Cross stitch Christmas stocking tutorial

It wouldn't be Christmas without a stocking, so stitch up a treat for everyone in your family! Follow our handy guide to turn your stitching into a cross stitch Christmas stocking!

How to make a Christmas stocking

Stitch a family heirloom with our free Christmas stocking template and a step-by-step guide to making a cross-stitched stocking. Follow our handy guide to turn your stitching into a fabulous Christmas stocking, like this sweet fairy design from issue 170 of Cross Stitch Crazy!

Before you begin

If you need a hand drawing the Christmas stocking shape before you start making your cross stitch into a stocking with this guide, head to our Free Christmas Stocking Sewing Pattern post to download our free stocking template. If you are looking for a more traditional plain fabric Christmas stocking DIY, you might also like our How to make a Christmas stocking video and easy step-by-step guide.


You Will Need

  • Cross stitch (Your finished cross stitch design on aida or linen)
  • Fabric (To back your cross stitch)
  • Fabric (For the stocking lining)
  • Scissors
  • Thread
  • Pins
  • Sewing machine

Total time:

Step 1

Cut your stitching into a stocking shape, leaving 1.5cm (¾in) border of aida as a seam allowance. Use this as a template to cut a piece of backing fabric and two pieces of lining fabric the same size.

Step 2

Take one of the pieces of lining fabric and pin to the stitched piece, with right sides together. Sew together along the top edge, using 1.5cm (¾in) seam allowance. To make the back of the stocking, pin the remaining piece of lining fabric to the backing fabric, with right sides together, then sew along the top edge using 1.5cm (¾in) seam allowance.

Step 3

Pin the front and back of your stocking together, with right sides facing, then sew around the edge using 1.5cm (¾in) seam allowance, leaving the top of the stocking open. Trim your seam allowance and clip notches into the curves so it lies flat.

Step 4

Turn your stocking through to the right side and sew a length of cord around the edge of the stocking, finishing with a loop for hanging.