Easy-to-make yo-yos add bursts of cheery color to this seasonal stocking.
Yo-Yo Stocking
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Designer: Linda Lum DeBono


  • 1⁄4 yard red-and-black dot
  • 1⁄4 yard multicolor print
  • 1⁄4 yard mottled red
  • 17x25" multicolor print (stocking back)
  • 1 yard lining fabric
  • Scraps of assorted blue tone-on-tones, assorted green prints, and solid green
  • 25x34" batting or crafts fleece
  • 1⁄2 yard 5⁄8"-wide black-and-white check, wire-edge ribbon
  • Clear monofilament thread
  • Template plastic

Finished stocking: 12x23"

Yardages and cutting instructions are based on 42" of usable fabric width.

Measurements include 1⁄4" seam allowances. Sew with right sides together unless otherwise stated.

Cut Fabrics

Cut pieces in the following order. Click on "Download the Project" above for patterns.

From red-and-black dot, cut:

  • 1--5-1⁄2x15" band No. 1

From multicolor print, cut:

  • 1--7-1⁄2x15" band No. 4
  • 1--6x15" band No. 2

From mottled red, cut:

  • 1--6x15" band No. 3

From multicolor print, cut:

  • 1 of Pattern A reversed

From lining fabric, cut:

  • 1 each of Stocking Patterns A and A reversed

From assorted blue tone-on-tone, cut:

  • 4 each of Patterns B and C

From assorted green prints and solid green, cut:

  • 4 each of Patterns B and C

From batting or craft fleece, cut:

  • 2 of Pattern A

Assemble Yo-Yos

1. Use patterns B and C to make yo-yos. Work with a comfortable length of doubled thread. Cut sewing thread about 24" to 36" long. Thread the length through an embroidery needle and knot the ends.

2. With wrong side of the circle facing, turn up a scant 1/4" hem. Insert needle into hem, starting at hem side and pushing to right side of circle (Step 1).


3. Work small, even gathering stitches (about 1⁄8" long) around the hem. The last stitch of the needle should come from right side of fabric circle up through hem at beginning of the first stitch.

4. Pull gathers tight, bringing them together on top of the circle (Step 2). Finger-press the shape flat. There will be a tiny hole in the center of the completed yo-yo. Secure thread, running it through a few gathers and securing it on underside of gathers.


Assemble Stocking

1. Aligning long edges, sew together bands to make a rectangle for stocking front (Diagram 1). Press seams in one direction. The rectangle should be 15x23-1⁄2" including seam allowances. Cut 1 of Pattern A from rectangle to make stocking front.


2. Layer stocking batting pieces on wrong side of stocking front A piece and multicolor print A reversed stocking back. Machine-baste a scant 1⁄4" from edges. Machine-quilt front and back as desired using clear monofilament thread.

3. Tack center of large yo-yos to stocking front.

4. Sew together stocking front and lining A reversed piece along straight edge (Diagram 2). Repeat for stocking back and lining A piece. Open each shape flat and press seams toward lining. Layer a front/lining piece on top of a back/lining piece.


5. Sew together front/lining piece and back/lining piece, leaving an opening for turning in the lining (Diagram 3). Clip into seam allowance at 1⁄4" intervals at curves. Turn stocking right side out through opening; press. Sew opening closed. Insert lining into stocking. Topstitch 1⁄8" from edge around top of stocking.


6. Fold ribbon in half, matching raw edges. Whipstitch fold to inside at top right of stocking. Knot ends of ribbon.

7. Tack small yo-yos across top of stocking front.