No Fireplace? No Problem with “No Hang” Christmas Stocking

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Here's a free pattern and tutorial for a “no hang” Christmas stocking.  If like me, you don't have a fireplace (and don't feel like drilling holes in the walls) but you still have kids and family who love the tradition of Christmas stockings filled with small presents, this might be for you.  With this design, the stocking itself has enough support and is shaped in a way that it can stand up on its own instead of hanging.

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Life in the tropics is easy-going, but when Christmas comes, you really notice that the practice of hanging Christmas stockings on the fireplace mantel was borrowed from European cultures where it's very cold and they actually have fireplaces.  It was going to disappointing to the kids around our house to not participate in this wonderful tradition.  But even outside the tropics, I think fewer and fewer houses are being made with fireplaces, so I thought why not design a Christmas stocking that doesn't need to hang and that can simply be placed around the tree?

I think the concept worked out pretty well and these “no hang” Christmas stockings certainly do look good around our tree.  I really think the kids will enjoy these.  And it's also great to preserve some of the old Christmas traditions even though at 85+ degrees outside, it doesn't feel a whole lot like Christmas yet.

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Materials

  • 3/4 of a yard of Minky fabric or fleece (see recommendations below)
  • 3/4 fusible fleece
  • a rectangle of 20″ x 15″ of white faux fur
  • 3/4 of deco bond or Pellon ultra firm stabilizer
  • White and red thread to match the fabrics and stabilizer

Finished Measurements:

Height: 16″ (40.5 cm)

Length: 13″ (33cm)

Width: 7″ (18cm)

Fabrics suggestions from Fabric.com

Pattern Layout

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Patterns Download

Download Pattern HERE

How to make your no hang Christmas stocking:

It is imperative that you sew keeping the seam allowance of 3/8″ throughout the project.  The fusible fleece needs to be cut 3/8″ smaller than the main fabric.  This is to reduce the bulk of the seams.  Retrace the piece pattern provided.

Step One:

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Cut all the four pieces of the pattern in the main fabric.  Fuse the fusible fleece to the four pieces.  Sew the front at 3/8″.

Step Two:

Sew the back strip of the Christmas stocking.  Keep the seams open.

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Step Three:

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Pin the sole to the main part of the stocking and sew keeping all seam allowances open.  Sew at 3/8″.  Put aside.

Step Four:

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Cut all the pieces of the pattern out of the deco bond and sew the same way you did on the fleece.  Insert the deco bond layer inside the fleece boot shape.  Please match the seam allowances of both pieces and pin on the top.

Step Five:

Cut a rectangle in fur following the pattern.  If you have never worked with fur before be sure to read this article that will tell you a few tricks and tips on working with this material.

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Sew the rectangle right sides together at 3/8″.   Now it resembles a band.  Fold the band wrong sides together.  Pin the fur inside the stocking. 

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Sew at 3/8″ and pull the fur right side out. Fold the fur trim down. You have finished the sewing part, it is time to decorate the stocking any way you want it.

As you can see this is a very easy project to make and solves a real problem for those of us with kids and no fireplaces.

I would love to know what you normally place inside your stockings?  I am going to stuff this one with a pair of long pajamas I am making and I will be sharing the pattern with you shortly.  Until next time!


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66 Responses to No Fireplace? No Problem with “No Hang” Christmas Stocking

  1. I have been hanging a no hang Xmas stocking for years, I hang them off our large TV console with a heavy santa candle stick holder, one candle stick holder is Rudolph pulling his sleigh. Also change them around and hang them off our rec bar. Your stocking is easier to sew than mine, thank you !!!!!!!!!!!

  2. Shirley says:

    The pattern did not print out to full size for me. Not sure if it is me or the pattern.Love the idea of a free standing boot. Many thanks for sharing.

  3. Aurora says:

    Im so confused. You say to sew the back band on but I cant see a picture of where it is in the finished stocking. Looks like a regular stocking to me. Where does the 4th strip go?

  4. Pami in Cali says:

    Love this idea- even for a table centerpiece- with a short vase and flowers inside! Can鈥檛 wait to try it out with varied fabrics! Even though I鈥檓 in California, we鈥檝e always hung stockings and put oranges in the toe.

  5. Jan says:

    We always had stockings and seldom had a fireplace, or did not have a sturdy way to hang a filled stocking. (Sometimes we hung the empty ones for decoration, but did not trust the hooks to hold heavier ones). We had everyone decide where they wanted to sit on Christmas morning to unwrap presents and would just lean the empty stocking onto a pillow or into the corner of the chair or sofa at their chosen place. Well filled stockings stay up nicely! And as the others have suggested, a tangerine or orange in the toe, wrapped small items to fill, and always some candy. During our college and young adult years, we would find a book of postage stamps and other practical things that helped stretch our budget. And we took over the filling of the stockings of our parents, because everyone enjoys the small gifts, even if it is a tube of chapstick or travel size toothpaste.

  6. Mary Craig says:

    Thank you for the pattern and instructions to make it, Mayra 馃檪 It’s a very good idea.

    I’m Scottish, it’s cold and damp here just now, and we only have eight hours of daylight come Christmas. The Sun is very low in the sky at this time of year, when we can see it, we are usually clouded over. It’s not unusual not to see the Sun for many days.

    Traditionally we put an orange in the toe of the Christmas Stockings…they don’t grow here, they are, well they were in the past, an expensive treat. Nowadays we often use Terry’s Chocolate Oranges instead. It’s one of those seasonal smells that the brain hangs onto.

    For children there are little toys and games, sometimes a bag of chocolate coins, or a wee purse with spending money, pens and notebooks, small lego sets, that kind of thing, and for adults usually toiletries, miniatures of something fun and alcoholic, maybe a book or a magazine, small toys like the metal puzzles, gloves/scarf/socks,etc., Tickets to something or other too, or vouchers.
    If you know of a hobby they have, perhaps find a gift to go with that.

    I’ve just filled one for a friend. I stuffed in packs of spiced Christmas tea with a mesh tea ball, a patchwork mug rug and mug cosy set around a pretty china mug that I filled with pieces of tablet (a Scottish sweetie, a bit like a really good buttery fudge).
    I added in a crossword puzzle book and a fancy pen. A tube of really nice hand cream, and two velvet (she has long hair) scrunchies…..and the chocolate orange.
    I made the mug rug and cosy and the velvet scrunchies.
    They should be fun to open, to work down through to the orange in the toe.

    Very best wishes,
    Mary

    • Mayra Cecilia says:

      Dear Mary, I thank you from the bottom of my heart you sharing your lovely traditions. The smell that is the one thing that caught my eye, how remarkable we relate smells with memories. yes, I agree would be so excited to work your way to the orange in the toe.

    • Suzanne says:

      Oh Mary, you brought back some wonderful memories for me! I’m not Scottish, but my mother’s maiden name was Cummings and she was very proud of her bit of Scottish blood. Every Christmas, when we were young, we received an orange (or a tangerine) in the toe of our stocking, along with nuts and candies. It was one of the few times we received such goodies without asking for them. But it was more than 60 years ago and times are so much different now.
      On Christmas morning, we always went for the stockings first, as we knew they would be filled with delightful little surprises. Sometimes it was more exciting than opening the presents under the tree; I don’t remember why, it just was.
      The stocking you’ve filled for your friend sounds so wonderful! I’m sure she’ll love it!
      Thanks for the trip down Memory Lane.

  7. Cherie says:

    We always stuff the toe with either an orange or an apple. Then put small wrapped items to mostly fill and top with Christmas candies along with 1-2 candy canes hooked over the top edge with the stick part inside the stocking.
    This would have come in very handy 40 years ago when my children were young and we had no fireplace – we just pinned the stockings to the arms of stuffed chairs.

  8. bettyeking says:

    I think this is great idea! So many ways to use the stocking that can’t be done with “hanging” stockings. Love it!

  9. BJ Dunbar says:

    Its very cute. And very clever. I鈥檓 wondering though if you might b able to make some recommendations on less expensive materials that could be used to achieve this. We are a family of 10, now that my kids are bringing home spouses.

    • Mayra Cecilia says:

      WOW! bless your family! I would use any scraps of fabrics you have a round from other projects, use cardboard from shoeboxes for making the stocking stay upright.

  10. Candice Place says:

    This is a perfect idea. Just situated around the Christmas tree would work excellent. I’m going to make them for the grandkids. Thanks for sharing such a great idea!

  11. Carol D says:

    I think there may be a problem with the list of materials. I believe you mean three quarters of a yard. 3/4″ – as you have it is three quarters of an inch. Which is a very small strip of fabric. Could you please clarify? Thanks

  12. Shelly says:

    Love this idea. I will make a few or try. Lol. Too many things want to make.
    Thank you.

  13. Melissa says:

    I think the Standing Xnas Stocking really is great. For those homes that have a ‘Breakfront’ ‘Sideboard’ some kind of ‘Counter’ OR they could be placed on a bedside Night Stand Table as a morning surprise to kick iff Xmas Day. Anyway- thanks. Its a great idea & pattern. Melissa in U.S.A. New Jersey

  14. Cherie says:

    Never had a fireplace growing up. However we never had a problem hanging our stockings and no holes in the wall (really?)
    We simply used a safety pin to pin the stockings to the arm of a stuffed armchair or the stuffed arms of the sofa. Our stockings always had an orange in the toe, a candy cane, as well as several pieces of penny candy.

  15. Carolyn says:

    I鈥檓 having issues printing, any suggestions?

    • Mayra Cecilia says:

      what are the issues, must use Adobe Reader, Actual Size and no scaling and Portrait. Let me know if you are still having problems.

  16. Linda Dowd says:

    What a great idea!! I could use these for gifting the homemade cookies that friends and family always love to get. Two gifts in one!

  17. Farrukh Khurshed says:

    Thanks for the Christmas Gift Idea. As i am planning to buy a New Serger Do you have Serger Buying Guide

    • Mayra at So Sew Easy says:

      No I don’t but thank you for the idea. I will write a comprehensive guide on why, where to buy (perhaps the most important place) because of click bait, what to buy with direct links to the shops, what do you think?

  18. Linda Morgan says:

    Looks great, but 2 questions. What do you mean by “keep seam allowances open”? Is the lining the deco bond?

    • Mayra at So Sew Easy says:

      Yes it is because this boot is not intended to be worn, but you can lined it with another layer of minky fabric and it can be worn. Enjoy the project!

  19. Kathy Kalousek says:

    That is so cute!!! It could also be used like a gift bag. Who wouldn’t love to get a gift in a stocking? You’ve created Another awesome pattern!!!

  20. Patty says:

    I can’t get the pattern layout or the tutorial with pictures . Please help.
    Thanks

  21. Susan Meyer says:

    Dear ladies,
    I have a lot of info. But I could not find the page for the Pattern.
    I would like the Red Christmas Stocking, please.
    Or can you tell me how to go to the next page, I am not real computer lit
    Susan.

  22. Suzanne says:

    Hi, has anyone tried this pattern using quilting cotton? I have a lot of it lying around….
    I’d probably just need to adjust the lining pieces (less stretch in quilting cotton?)

  23. Anne says:

    what is the 15X3 3/4 pattern piece for. don’t see anywhere is the tutorial where it is used? Has the numbers 2 and 3 on it

  24. Dottie K says:

    Looks like a really cute and fun idea for next year. Thank you for sharing.

  25. Jean Long says:

    Hello again, when/how does the front seam of the stocking get sewn together? the pic shows the sole pinned on…..what happens to the toe seam? Is the deco bond inner boot sewn together with the front seam of the main stocking? Sorry for my confusion and thanks for clarifying.

    • Mayra at So Sew Easy says:

      Hi Jean, you have to sew the front and back together first, before you sew the sole. I never sewed the deco bond to it, just inserted inside. I found it was enough to keep the shape upright. Let me know how you go with it.
      Kind Regards,

      Mayra

  26. DEBORAH HODGES says:

    I can’t see anywhere to go to the next page to get the pattern, can anyone help me?

    • Mayra at So Sew Easy says:

      Please find the Pinterest button, the second page is right under.

    • Estela says:

      You have to scroll all the way to the bottom and you’ll see numbers 1 and 2. Click on 2 and wait for it to load.

    • Carolyn Andrew says:

      Deborah, look at the lower end of page 1where it shows the boxes for Pinterest, Facebook, Google and Twitter. Right below boxes it shows “Pages 1 2” click the number 2 to go to the next page.

  27. S贸lr煤n Hauksd贸ttir says:

    Thank you so mutch for this lovely pattern,

  28. Jean Long says:

    This is a cute pattern but I must be missing a layout showing how the pattern pieces fit together after they’re printed on numerous sheets. What am I missing?

    • So Sew Easy says:

      Hi Jean, there’s a pattern layout “map” at the bottom of the first page. It will show you how the pieces fit together.

  29. Elaine says:

    Sorry I don’t see where to download

  30. Mila Kette says:

    Fantastic idea! The possibilities are endless. Thanks for sharing. (If I have time to make one I will send you a picture.)

  31. Karon says:

    Love this idea, however, I cannot download the template. Is there a separate link I need to access?

  32. Rebecca Peters says:

    How do I find the pattern? What I am seeing says “See next page for download ” but there is no next page –?

  33. Charmai says:

    Thank you for the template! This is perfect cos my tiny flat has no fireplace.

    – Charmaine

  34. Mermaid says:

    This is a great idea; I received the instructions; but no pattern at the end of the instructions as described.

    • So Sew Easy says:

      Hi Mermaid, please download it again. For some reason the pattern didn’t attach into the PDF the first time but it is there now.

  35. Karen West says:

    I love it; however, I’m confused as to step 5, it says to: Cut a rectangle in fur that is 17 5/8鈥 x 5鈥 with the nap of the fur going down, and yet in the picture it’s showing the fur as 19 1/4″ x 14″, why is that? Your thoughts?

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