Handmade Holidays: Quilted Stocking

When I got married in 2007, my husband already had a large cross-stitched stocking his sister had made for him. I wasn’t up for trying to make a stocking that matched in style, but I did want our stockings to look like they went together. So I used his stocking to make a pattern, then pieced together fabric scraps to make mine.


I used some holiday fabrics I owned (animal angels, traditional angels, holly leaves) and added other fabrics in the same colors to up the fun. Kit’s Unwritten Law of Quilting is The More Fabrics Used, The Better. Over the years, the bed quilts I’ve made have had a minimum of 13 different fabrics in them. I don’t think I hit 13 for this project, but I followed my Law to the best of my ability.

Quilted stocking from the back
Quilted stocking from the back

While picking the fabrics was fun, I really enjoyed stitching them together. I used free-motion machine quilting to doodle on top of my fabrics for more texture.


I love small projects like this. Enough work is involved to satisfy a quilting itch, and yet I can finish in an afternoon. The only thing better than getting to play in the studio is having finished work to show for it.

Wishing you a magical Christmas Eve and a Merry Christmas! And if you have handmade stockings up and waiting for Santa tonight, I want to hear all about them.


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Kit Dunsmore

Kit Dunsmore has believed in the magic underlying the muggle world since she was a child searching for the Shetland pony pooka she was sure was hiding in her back yard. She learned early on that books were magic doors into other worlds, and that she could revisit a beloved character or place by opening the right book. As she grew, she decided she wanted to make magic with words, too. Today Kit writes about things she loves: poodles and dragons, witches and artists, quirky underdogs and loyal friends. Whether her setting is 6th-century England, the imaginary Twelve Kingdoms, or an art-obsessed version of modern America, magic always finds its way into her story. She enjoys turning fairy tales inside out and watching characters sacrifice everything to reach their goal, but she also believes in happy endings. When she isn't writing, Kit experiences magic by making things with her hands. Over the years, she's made quilts, fabric sculptures, collages, sweaters, and blank books. Her newest interest is learning how to spin her own yarn, a skill guaranteed to strengthen one of her many delusions: that she is a self-sufficient pioneer woman. She also thinks she is a hobbit, a witch, an artist, and a good cook. Living in the foothills of Colorado, Kit enjoys the giant skies and prairie landscapes which suit her need for wide open spaces. In addition to hiking through glorious scenery with her husband or imagining herself living in the Middle Ages, Kit works as a pillow for her miniature poodle and polishes the next small piece of her handmade life.

4 thoughts on “Handmade Holidays: Quilted Stocking”

  1. Great story, Kit. I, too, have handmade stockings hanging for Santa. They started when I embroidered Santa stockings for my girls, then expanded until everyone in the family, including pets, now has one. Only the girls got the Santas, the other designs are individualized.

    Merry Christmas, Happy, healthy New Year!


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