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Swell Stockings – FREE Pattern!

Planning to make any holiday stockings this year? Here’s an easy peasy pattern – and it’s free! Click here to download.

The pattern is for a basic stocking made from felt and takes less than an hour to make. But (of course) you’ll want to fancy it up a bit. 🙂 The one on the pattern cover just has a bunch of inexpensive pearly buttons stitched on it – with the thread tails visible.


Or use just a handful of buttons in a vertical stripe.

Beads are always nice – and beaded trim is super easy. You’ll still finish this one in under an hour.

This one has a strip of feather boa across the top. Ooh la la!

How about some rickrack? A couple of bands across the top are nice. . .

But vertical stripes are good too.

For this one I cut some dots out of felt (traced around a quarter for the size) and then laid them out and embroidered lines between them.

And here’s one with fancier applique (but still easy). You could do the same thing, using one of my appliqued animals quilt block patterns. How about embroidering on a stocking? One of the puppies or kitties would be really cute! So would one of the Rainbow Girls! Or one of the birds from the Bird Sampler! And did you know you can turn any embroidery pattern into an applique pattern?

The finished stocking is just a smidge over 17″ tall – a good basic size.

So there you have it – a bunch of swell stockings! Download the pattern and make one this year.

Get a free felt ornament pattern here.

See some fun ways to use the ornament and stockings together here.

Happy sewing!

Applique Wendi (with fabulous hat)


  1. The bear is super cute! But Wow! I love the simplicity of the tied on buttons! Thank you!!!

  2. These are indeed swell! Thanks for sharing Wendi!

  3. Thanks, ladies! Mollie – I love those tied-on buttons too! I still have a ton of vintage pearly whites and I keep thinking about doing another on a light blue felt. Very frosty-looking. 🙂

  4. Erin SAYS...

    Love this! Could you also whipstitch these? I’ll be hand sewing so think it might look neat!