tutorial: falling flakes quilt as you go stocking

today i’m happy to be sharing the tutorial and pattern for a simple and fun quilt as you go stocking, the falling flakes stocking.



exterior fabrics: 1/2 yard plus 2 FQ (or scraps)
lining fabric: 1/2 yard
batting: two pieces, each 15×20″
ribbon for hanging loop: one piece, 6″ long
stocking pattern (click here to download the stocking pattern as a printable pdf)

assemble pattern:

print each page at actual size
verify that 1″ test square is correct before assembling full pattern
align pages along page border lines and tape
cut out pattern

exterior stocking back:

1. cut one piece 15×20″ of exterior fabric
2. pin fabric to batting piece


3. quilt and put aside

exterior stocking front:

4. cut seven pieces 5×15″ of exterior fabrics
5. for each of the seven pieces, trim as shown


6. place first piece of fabric on batting, pin and quilt



7. place second piece of fabric right side down, matching raw edges with last piece (taking care to alternate narrow and wide ends)


8. stitch with a 1/4″ seam allowance
9. press seam open


10. quilt
11. repeat until all seven pieces are sewn and quilted



note: if you want to embroider a name on the stocking front, do that now. or you can check out this tutorial for how to personalize stockings with felt.


assemble exterior:

12. with wrong side up, place stocking pattern on exterior stocking front and trace outline
13. place exterior back and front right sides together and pin
14. cut stocking opening line through all layers
15. stitch around stocking on drawn line
16. cut away excess, clip seams along curves


17. turn right side out and put aside



18. fold lining fabric so that right sides are together
19. trace stocking pattern onto lining fabric
20. pin around seam lines
21. cut stocking opening line
22. stitch around stocking on drawn line, leaving an opening for turning
23. cut away excess, clip seams along curves

assemble stocking:

24. fold ribbon in half and pin to right side of exterior stocking back


25. place stocking exterior (right sides out) inside of stocking lining (right sides in) and match stocking opening line at side seams
26. pin around opening
27. stitch with a 1/2″ seam allowance
28. within seam allowance, zigzag over ribbon to reinforce
29. turn right side out through opening in lining
30. stitch opening closed


all that’s left is to hang your stocking (with care, of course) and wait for your goodies.

if you make a stocking from this tutorial, please share pics in the imagine gnats flickr group. sample stocking made with Winterkist from Happy Zombie for Lecien, quilted with Aurifil 28wt from the Simply Color collection. pattern and tutorial are for personal use only.

happy stitching!
xo, rachael

Rachael Gander

I am a sewist, mom, wife, designer, blogger, and fabric enthusiast. I learned to sew alongside my mom, but lost interest in the craft until my early twenties, and I've spent the last fifteen years making up for lost time! I've experimented with modern quilting, accessories and garment sewing, hand-printed fabric, and textile design, I have found my love in pattern design, and sell my original sewing and embroidery patterns in the imagine gnats shop.

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50 Responses to tutorial: falling flakes quilt as you go stocking

  1. Katie B. November 12, 2012 at 4:11 pm #

    This is really cute! I’m working on some stockings now–I’ll have to try this method next!

  2. TanyaLea November 12, 2012 at 4:38 pm #

    Love this… can’t wait to get started!! :)

  3. Kelsey November 12, 2012 at 4:51 pm #

    Adorable!!! We may have to get some new stockings this year :)

  4. Lawana November 12, 2012 at 5:27 pm #

    thank you for this lovely tutorial. I will try using it with my own pattern. I was never able to get the flicker pattern to print out correctly and I was running out of ink! LOL

  5. Jessica November 12, 2012 at 5:58 pm #

    this is so pretty! I really want to try some qayg business.

  6. Jenelle November 12, 2012 at 9:56 pm #

    I really want to try QAYG and this would be a great project to get started on. :) I love those winterkist prints too.

  7. Katy Cameron November 12, 2012 at 11:11 pm #

    Fun! I really want some of that fabric too!

  8. harleywife57 November 12, 2012 at 11:30 pm #

    this is just cute as cute can be ! thanks for the tut!! !

  9. Maureen Cracknell Handmade November 13, 2012 at 12:41 am #

    I love your tute and that fabric! Very cute!!

  10. Esch House Quilts November 13, 2012 at 1:00 am #

    Great stocking! Love your colors and the fabric :)

  11. April @ Sewing Novice November 13, 2012 at 1:09 am #

    Rachael, I love this!!! If I didn’t already have our stockings cut out I would make them like this instead of the elf stockings that I’m making. Super cute!!!

  12. Anita November 13, 2012 at 3:38 am #

    Love your stocking and tutorial!

  13. Ella November 13, 2012 at 4:20 am #

    Love the stocking! It’s helping me work on mine this week!

  14. michelle @ sewing rocks November 13, 2012 at 3:04 pm #

    Cute and looks pretty fast and easy. I’ve been looking for something like this! Thanks!

    Happy Sewing,

  15. **nicke... November 13, 2012 at 9:21 pm #

    love! love! love!

  16. Jessica at Me Sew Crazy November 14, 2012 at 2:37 am #

    Love love love this! And maybe this is obvious to so many others, but as a non-quilter myself, I never would have thought to do it like this. I love it!

  17. Lisa in Port Hope November 15, 2012 at 2:32 am #

    I am trying really, really hard to resist buying winterkist fabric…
    Lovely project, thanks for sharing.

  18. Allie H. November 16, 2012 at 6:52 pm #

    Such a cute stocking! I have one that’s homemade that I’ve been using since I was little but I’m thinking about using this method to make a handbag. I love the alternating shapes!

  19. Robin November 18, 2012 at 9:23 pm #

    Thanks to Pinterest I will no longer be merely “thinking” about making a set of quilted stockings for our family.

    This is a fabulous tutorial!! Thank you!!

  20. Heidi Hillenbrand November 23, 2012 at 2:11 am #

    This tutorial is incredible- I can’t thank you enough for posting it. I just finished a beautiful stocking using your method- next to make 2 more so everyone in our little family has one! Thank you, so much!

  21. Debbie November 23, 2012 at 5:52 pm #

    VERY cute! I’ll be using this!

  22. mommy2cjn December 5, 2012 at 2:30 am #

    What type of batting do you use? Would warm and natural work or do you need some type of pellon?

  23. mommy2cjn December 5, 2012 at 2:31 am #

    What type of batting do you use?

  24. Clara {Clover and Violet} December 10, 2012 at 2:45 pm #

    adorable stocking! thank you for sharing this!

  25. Melanie December 12, 2012 at 9:34 pm #

    This is so cute! Thanks for posting. I was wondering where the opening on the lining should be for turning the stocking right side out after stiching it to the exterior. Thanks!

  26. Scrapatches December 20, 2012 at 4:09 pm #

    Sew Cute. Thanks for the QAYG tutorial … :) Pat

  27. I am Just One Mom December 21, 2012 at 4:41 pm #

    Thank you! Guess what I am doing this afternoon!

  28. cathymk December 22, 2012 at 8:36 am #

    Made one for my hubby! Thank you for the tutorial!

  29. Sarah @ Berry Barn Designs December 1, 2013 at 5:57 pm #

    beautiful! especially love the fabrics you chose – nontraditional red/green holiday prints are my favorite!

  30. Courtney Vokes December 4, 2013 at 5:37 pm #

    Will flat quarters work for this project? 18×22 ish?

  31. Amber December 4, 2013 at 11:02 pm #

    Thanks so much for the tutorial and pattern! I just finished my boy’s stockings this year, and have mine and my husband’s fronts done, just need to quilt the backs up and cut them out!

    Made for a unique stocking!

    I altered it a bit to add a straight white band at the top front to have our names embroidered on, I like it that way! I’ll try to add photos to the flicker stream later!

  32. Anne Weaver December 5, 2013 at 5:03 pm #

    I’m loving all the photos you’re Instagramming of stockings made with this pattern! I’ve linked to your tutorial over at Craft Gossip:

  33. Christa December 9, 2013 at 1:56 pm #

    Thank you for the pattern. I love it! I just posted a photo to the Flickr group.

  34. Holly October 14, 2014 at 9:23 am #

    Did you also put batting on the lining. Or did you just run stitches through the fabric? I couldn’t tell. I love this and I am trying to get this done before the holidays!

    • Rachael Gander October 14, 2014 at 8:21 pm #

      I did not quilt or put batting on the lining, so just the outsides are quilted. hope that makes sense :)

  35. Ginger Humble December 3, 2014 at 10:57 pm #

    I copied your pattern and followed the instructions and they were SEW easy! A little time consuming, but worth it! I made 6 that were a more festive Christmas colors with candy canes and gingerbread men, then I made some others that were a little more “glamorous” and more matched the décor of my house. I have tried to upload them but do not have a flicker account, but I did pin them. Thank you so much for the excellent tutorial and pattern. It is a pattern I will use over and over.

    • Rachael Gander December 5, 2014 at 4:22 pm #

      that’s awesome!! if you want to shoot me an email with pics, I’d love to see them!

      • Ginger Humble December 6, 2014 at 9:21 pm #

        I am not sure where to find your e-mail. I ended up replying to the notification and then realized it said do not reply after it sent!

  36. Veronica December 23, 2014 at 1:11 am #

    These are so cute!!! I’m trying to make them for my family, although at this rate in hoping just to finish my daughter’s before Christmas! I feel like I’m missing something, though. You make reference to cutting the stocking opening line and matching the stocking opening line…is that something that should be on the pattern? I feel so dense, like I’m missing something totally obvious.

    • Rachael Gander December 23, 2014 at 9:37 am #

      oh, you’re fine! I’m referring to the top line of the pattern, where the opening will be when the stocking is finished. I hope that makes sense :)

      • Veronica December 23, 2014 at 11:08 am #

        Thank you!!!

    • Anna October 28, 2015 at 12:48 pm #

      My question too!

  37. Mardee September 26, 2015 at 3:50 pm #

    HI, love these stockings and I’m working on some right now for family members for Christmas Just curious – did you use a walking foot? I’m trying to decide if I need one given the small size of this project. Thanks!

    • Rachael Gander November 12, 2015 at 8:08 am #

      I did use a walking foot, though for this size I think it would just depend on how your machine behaves whether you need one or not.

  38. Jamie @ Sew Brainy October 8, 2015 at 10:29 pm #

    Love this!!! These will be made for Christmas this year!

  39. Andrea T November 21, 2015 at 9:03 pm #

    Hi Rachael! I made one of these last year and must have tossed the pattern. I just clicked to download the PDF and page 4 is showing as blank. Can you take a look and see if it shows that way on your computer too? If not, I may just need to pull it up at work. Thanks!!

    • Andrea T November 21, 2015 at 9:09 pm #

      Nevermind! It worked on IE. Just not on Chrome. Thanks!

  40. Lynnette December 7, 2015 at 2:54 pm #

    My daughter and I just finished up a pair of these stockings as a Christmas gift for her fiance. Neither of us have any sewing experience – so it was quite an undertaking. When she tucked in the lining of the second stocking, she held them up and said, “We did this!!!” Pretty cool moment and keepsakes that they’ll be able to use for a lifetime. Oh – and my forward thinking daughter cut out some extra panels to tuck away for when they have kids! Thank you so much for sharing this craft!

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