Jolly Old St Nicholas!

We have a tradition in our family of hanging stockings out for St Nicholas Day.  Stockings are hung on St Nick’s Eve, December 5 and then during the night the stockings are filled with goodies.  Candy, fruit and usually a small toy or two makes for happy littles in the morning.   The feast of St Nicholas is most likely to be celebrated in homes with a strong German heritage and as my parents had that heritage we celebrated it in my childhood.  Our children each have their own hand stitched stocking and as the children grew into adulthood and married I made stockings for each of the spouses.   Sometimes it would take years for me to produce said stocking, because of course I would never choose a pattern that was not intricate.  And then there were grandchildren.  Each of them also needed their own stocking.  I try to keep the stocking theme similar within each family.  Most of them are cross stitched, but there are a couple felt and sequined ones as well.

This year we have three new family members.  Two adults and one child.  Although the baby’s stitched stocking will be finished in time for the big day, the two recently added adults will need to wait until next year.  I have been feeling rather guilty that I don’t have the time to produce a stocking for them, so I decided that I would sew stockings as a temporary solution.  I went to my stash to choose fabric and trims.stocking suppliesstocking pattern

I found a free pattern from Pattern Revolution  It is a lined, cuffed stocking with a pattern and full tutorial.  After reading multiple reviews and seeing what others had done, I decided it was my best option.  The pattern itself can be printed in five pages and lists the size of the cuff and seam allowance on the pieces.  I will be able to clip the pieces together easily and reuse down the road.  The stocking is large and has optional trim as well as toe and heel contrast.  There are options and of course it is a Christmas stocking, so feel free to embellish as you like.  I kind of followed the instructions.  I did interface the front and back and am happy with the stability of the stocking.  I omitted the lining, as I felt like the interfacing did the trick.

stocking 1


The first stocking the cuff is done according to the directions.  On the second one I shortened up the cuff by half.

stocking 2


Overall I am happy with the result.  Hopefully the recipients will also be pleased. Now to pack them away in preparation for St Nicholas Day.

Do you celebrate St Nicholas Day?  Do you hang stockings on Christmas Eve?  I have friends who hang stockings then.  I know there is a Dutch tradition, where children put out wooden shoes on St Nicholas Eve.  Do you have family traditions that have remained steady through the years, or have they morphed into your own tradition.  I love holiday traditions and how we make them our own.

Happy Sewing, Donna


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  • Rachel November 25, 2014, 5:54 pm

    Yes, we do celebrate Saint Nicholas Day and I guess we follow more the Dutch tradition because we put out wooden shoes (that came from The Netherlands), they are filled with chocolate coins, candy canes, clementines… I hope everyone in your family enjoys St Nicholas Day.
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  • Sarah Helene November 25, 2014, 7:40 pm

    THANKS for sharing the sewn stocking tutorial you’ve sewn in colorful prints to celebrate the feast of St. Nicholas’ Eve on December 5th! I like your second stocking featuring the holly fabrics with the shortened top cuff in bright red. All 4 of my grandparents were born in Germany and immigrated to the US in the late 1800’s. My paternal grandparents came in their late teens newly wed settling first in New Haven, CT and moved south to Missouri, then to Oregon where my father was raised with 7 siblings in a Catholic family. However, we never celebrated St. Nick’s Day in southern Minnesota. I hope to sew a couple stockings & mail to my German cousins in Munich. Sarah Helene in Minneapolis

  • Pam @Threading My Way November 26, 2014, 2:27 am

    No, we don’t celebrate St Nicholas Day, nor do we hang stockings on Christmas Eve. Our own kids and now the next generation, leave out Santa sacks on the bottom of their beds. I hope we get to see some of the hand stitched stockings you have sewn.
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  • Amy Mayen November 27, 2014, 3:32 pm

    What a neat tradition! I’ve eaten so much I can barely type…but I enjoyed this post. Happy Thanksgiving!
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