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European-Looking Vintage Christmas Stockings – Sewing Tutorial and Free Pattern

Sew your own European-looking vintage Christmas stockings with this free sewing pattern.
European-looking vintage Christmas stockings sewing tutorial and free downloadable pattern - So Much Better With Age

Last week I shared with you my Christmas mantel and mentioned I made this European-looking/vintage custom Christmas stockings.

I’ve always wanted to have stockings like these….ones that look like they were bought at an old brocante shop in France or some small town in Europe with cobblestone streets used hundreds of years ago *sigh*.

Of course, that was going to be an extremely hard find. I also scoured the internet and couldn’t find any patterns out there so I created my own.

After many prototypes, I created this sewing pattern myself and I couldn’t be happier with the results.

The white European looking stockings hanging in front of the fireplace.

Let me share with you the tutorial and free downloadable sewing pattern so you can make your very own customized European-looking/vintage Christmas stockings. 

I made seven prototypes and most were really bad.

I just hand drew a pattern on wrapping paper and cut them out on fabric that I had on hand.

The free downloadable sewing pattern for the stockings.

You can see my note on number 2 – it was bad!

Don’t worry, yours will NOT look like my prototypes 😉

The stockings being sewed laid out on a blue cutting pad.

Ready to get started?

Supplies:

  • homespun pure linen, like nubbly grainsacks (I bought mine in France but Etsy has great shops to buy from like this one)
  • jute braided trim or something similar
  • sewing machine
  • scissors
  • pins
  • iron and ironing board

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directions:

1.Print the downloadable pattern (end of the post) and lay your pattern on two pieces of fabric (this piece of linen has been folded over).

2. Cut out the pattern.

3. Pin the sides together before sewing (I’m bad and don’t do this).

4. I’ve only left about a 1/4 inch of seam allowance. If you prefer 1/2 inch seam allowance, be sure to cut pattern out a little larger.

Using the sewing machine to sew the stockings together.

5. The inside-out version is really pretty on its own as well. Keep inside out and cut out some ribbon or trim 6 inches long for the hook.

6. Keep stocking inside-out. Overlap trim and place on back seam.

7. Stitch into place, reverse stitch a few times.

Attaching to the trim detail to the European stocking.

8. Turn inside right and iron the seams. Pressing out the seams and ironing at the same time will give it a polished look. The stocking on the left is not ironed and the one on the right was just ironed.

Turning the stockings inside out after sewing them together.

I’ve hung the classic stockings on the fireplace using Command Hooks.

Because I’m not the best seamstress at all, they are all a bit different which I love. It really shows the handmade appeal of them.

The white stockings hanging above the the fireplace mantel.
Up close picture of the stockings hanging up.
The fireplace with candles inside it and candles on a sleigh in front of the fireplace.

I hope you enjoy making your own European-looking/vintage Christmas stockings this year and feel confident to do it on your own even if you are a beginner seamstress!

You got this!

printable:

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DIY Vintage Stockings graphic.

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18 Comments

  1. I love the look of these, Jamie! I think they might be a perfect idea for me, because I have been looking for some long stockings like this: actually cotton socks to tea stain so that they appear as though they might have been from the “Little House on the Prairie”/Old West years! I know that probably sounds crazy, even when I have seen them in pictures ~ I just haven’t found them to buy.
    But now, if I can find the type of cotton fabric I have imagined, I can use this multi-tested pattern (!!!) you’ve so generously shared! Thank you SO MUCH for this, Jamie! (btw ~ those cross stitch initials really “make” the stockings!)

    1. Thanks so much, Jaime. I can’t take credit for the cross stitch though. It was part of the French linen I bought. I had no idea you cross stitched! What can’t you do?? Merry Christmas!
      Hugs, Jamie

  2. Love,Love the mantel . The Christmas stockings are the awesome….. but do you think if I used fusible web or fabric glue that would work , I don’t have my sewing machine any longer. I have always had one. but when my phafe broke I decided not to replace since like of storage and barely used it.

    Have a great day
    Hugs

    1. I definitely think you could try it. I wouldn’t put anything heavy in them but it would definitely do the trick!
      Hugs, Jamie

  3. I’m sorry but I can’t find the link to the pattern for these must-do stockings! Please direct the directionally-challenged…me! Love your world! Karen

    1. Hi Charissa,
      You have to click over to my Printables Library. The link and password will be in an email sent to you as soon as you sign up to my newsletter. I’ll email it to you.
      Hugs, Jamie

  4. i have signed up, registered, but cannot find the printable vintage stocking that you said existed. can you please tell me where to find it? thanks.

    elizabeth
    [email protected]

    1. Hi Elizabeth,
      You should have an automatic email from me with the Printables Library link and password. I’ll email it to you as well.
      Hugs, Jamie

  5. When I try to subscribe to your newsletter (I tried on multiple different posts and on different browsers) it directs me to a 404 error page. I am very interested in this pattern and in receiving updates about your work; would you be able to help with this? Thank you!

    1. Hi Sarah,
      I just double checked and it seems to be working fine. Are you saying you can’t subscribe at all? Or you can’t get the download via my newsletters. Let me know and I can try to add you if you can’t get subscribed.
      Hugs, Jamie

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