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The Sleigh Bells Stockings Pattern

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I am more excited than ever to be able to announce these two patterns!

Our family had stockings that were perfectly fine. But, I sew and the fact that our stockings were store bought was driving me crazy. Sewing for Christmas is one of my favorite things ever and now I get to have handmade stockings and tree skirts around our home. You can, too!

Today, I’ll write about The Sleigh Bells Stockings and tomorrow I will focus on the Wonderland Tree Skirt. I have so many images to share of different examples and am so happy to share them at last.

Sleigh Bells Stocking Pattern by Empty Bobbin Sewing Studio



The Sleigh Bells Stockings pattern is actually a set of three different stocking styles. There’s something for every personality and sewing skill level. And they sew up QUICKLY! Bonus!

The “Simple Style”:

The “Pieced Style”:

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and the “Polka Dot Style”:

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It was tested by five women, from beginners to experts, and each and every one of them had great success! I think this set of directions is one where I am most proud. There are illustrations aplenty and lots of little tips to get a super professional finish. You won’t find a single raw edge of fabric exposed. My husband even commented on the way they were constructed. Add in a full sized template sheet and you’ve got a pattern that is my favorite!

The back of the pattern lists the requirements to make one of each style. If you are making a family of stockings, there is a table inside the pattern to help with yardage amounts.

The stockings finish at 18″ long and 9″ wide. I love the gentle curve of the stocking and the fact that it’s just ever so slightly wider at the opening… plenty of room for Santa to stuff goodies (without being so giant that it breaks Santa’s bank, of course!)

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Melissa, one of the pattern testers, used a little Perle cotton and embroidered around the circles on her test stocking. It is even more adorable in person!

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Jaime, another tester, opted for some crazy fun fabric combinations. That sample made with pink shot cotton was almost stolen by Eleanor!

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These stockings were made from some French General fabric in a few shades of gray and cream. It was fun making some examples that weren’t in the typical green and red!

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For the cover samples, I used my new favorite fabrics…. Moda Cross Weaves. I used (from dark to light) Green Blue, Green Yellow, Wasabi and Apple.

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Infinite thanks to my pattern testers, who gave the very best feedback and suggestions. The pattern is even better after their input. My friend Sarah, of Sorell Images, took all of the photos. Working with her is always a fun highlight at the end of the pattern writing process. I had that red background in mind as I bought my green fabric!

Want to make your own handmade Christmas stockings? You can find a copy of the pattern in digital form in my PDF pattern shop or in printed form at many of the stores listed on my Patterns page, under “Where to Buy.” If you are looking for an online source, Pink Chalk Fabrics carries my whole line. I’d love to see one when you finish it! If you are a shop owner, you can order from me or find the pattern in stock with United Notions, Checker and Brewer.

So…. anyone want to ditch their store bought stockings with me?

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16 Responses to The Sleigh Bells Stockings Pattern

  1. Andrea October 17, 2011 at 10:26 am #

    I can’t wait to ditch my store-bought stockings! Thanks for such a fun pattern – it will be fun to sew on these as the weather grows colder and Christmas approaches!

  2. Debbie October 17, 2011 at 10:34 am #

    Darling! Good for you!!

  3. Mary Anne October 17, 2011 at 1:43 pm #

    Super Cute! And…I can confirm that Jaime’s samples ARE INDEED on display at the Bernina store in Overland Park.

  4. Melissa October 17, 2011 at 9:59 pm #

    I love the prints Jaime used and I love that you include so many different versions in your patterns. It’s wonderful to be able to get ideas for different looks.

  5. Audrey November 13, 2011 at 10:55 pm #

    Is there not a way to order the patterns directly from you, via PayPal or something? LOVE THESE!!!!

    • Shea November 14, 2011 at 10:02 am #

      Hi! Thanks for the compliment! I am sorry, but I don’t sell directly to consumers. You can find it in the stores linked above. I know at least one of them (Pink Chalk Fabrics) offers free shipping, which is always a bonus! I’d love to see them when you finish!

  6. hilary November 14, 2011 at 2:16 pm #

    Wow! I love your blog. I have only made two quilts, and by made I mean have NOT quilted them yet…Im scared to take that step. I have been a costume designer and seamstress for years, but quilting is very new to me. Your pictures as so inspirational. I found you on pinterest with Olivers Quilt floating around out there. I LOVE the zig zags. I think you have given me the confidence to piece a zig zag quilt and then quilt it, and then go back to my other two that are gifts. Thank you for the inspiration.

    • Shea November 16, 2011 at 10:49 pm #

      You are so sweet! I am more than flattered. Get those things quilted! Go for it! If you can stand the sticky-ness and the fumes, spray basting can be handy. I used to pin baste quilts, but ended up quilting tucks in the backing that annoyed me. I’ve been able to avoid that with spray basting. It’s more expensive and can be messy if you aren’t careful, but I’ve had much more success with the quilting when I do it that way.

      You can do it!

  7. Julie December 18, 2011 at 11:20 am #

    These stockings are FANTASTIC. Is there a way to purchase a PDF of the pattern for instant download? Thanks.

    • Shea December 18, 2011 at 2:04 pm #

      Hi there! Thanks for the compliment! For a variety of reasons, I’ve chosen not to do PDF downloads. I’m so sorry. The physical paper copy of the pattern can be found at a few places online, including: Pink Chalk Fabrics (free shipping!) Fat Quarter Shop (usually same day shipping) and Marmalade Fabrics (also super fast shipping).

  8. Bernice Woodward September 23, 2013 at 10:35 am #

    I’m always looking for new stocking patterns. I make a new stocking each year for my grandchildren…this is a tradition my mother started for her grandchildren, and I was requested to continue. I’m anxious to start the pieced stocking for this year.

  9. Paige November 10, 2013 at 6:41 pm #

    These are darling. Did you make a fifth for your new addition? (Congratulations!) I want to make these, but I need five!


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