holiday pillow pattern with embroidered stockings
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Holiday Pillow Pattern & Stocking Embroidery Design

holiday pillow pattern with fur stocking machine embroidery

Holiday Pillow Pattern

with Fur Stocking Machine Embroidery

designed by Ellen March

This holiday pillow pattern showcases machine embroidered appliquéd stockings that have a faux-fur cuff made completely with Sulky Filaine thread!

filaine thread for stocking cuff

After embroidery, the thread is brushed with the wire Filaine brush, to “bloom” the thread and create a faux-fur effect.

holiday pillow with fur stocking

Sulky Poly Sparkle™ thread is used for the stocking outline to add some festive sparkle. The 30 wt. thread is polyester with flecks of metallic running through it, so it’s the easiest metallic thread to sew!

Poly Star for stocking embellishment

The pillowcase base is sewn in luxurious wool felt by The Felt Pod and is stuffed with Poly-Fil from Fairfield World. To celebrate Fairfield World’s 80th Birthday Celebration, Sulky designed these pillows. Happy Birthday, Fairfield!

Poly-Fil with holiday pillow

FREE instructions include steps to make the small pillow featured above as well as the large pillow featured below. Make both and arrange them together. Or, choose just one to add to your holiday pillow collection.

free holiday pillow pattern


holiday pillow supplies


  • (2) 18” wool felt sheets (featured: Red Wool Felt by The Felt Pod)
  • (4) 5” x 7” rectangles of cotton print fabric (appliqués)
  • 2 1/4 yards of 1 ½”-diameter white pom-pom fringe trim


  • (2) 9” x 16” rectangles of wool felt (featured: Red Wool Felt by The Felt Pod)
  • (4) 3” x 4” rectangles of cotton print fabric (appliqués)
  • (4) 11” lengths & (1) 18” length of 1/8”-wide black ribbon or baby rickrack
  • Pre-made black ribbon bows (optional)

Grab the tutorial for FREE, which includes the Sulky Fur Stocking machine embroidery design file in the format of your choice. (Note: Bernina users use EXP; ART is unavailable.)


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I am the Director of Content for Sulky of America. The former Editor in Chief of Sew News and Creative Machine Embroidery magazines, I hosted Sew it All TV on PBS for nine seasons. I've appeared on It's Sew Easy on PBS, DIY Network's Uncommon Threads, Hallmark's Marie Osmond Show, MacPhee Workshop and more! Come sew with me!


  • Curvy Girls are Chic

    Hi Ellen this is wonderful! Thank you for the pattern great items to make for Christmas gifts! i have a question – when you click the link to the thread there is a design of a lion there… where can I find the pattern and instruction on this..

    • Ellen March

      Everything you need is through this link:
      Once you provide your email address, you’ll see the pillow pattern image. Click on that and there will be two files for you: one is the PDF of the stocking instructions, and the other is the download for the embroidery design files. If you are still having trouble, please email us at and we are happy to help!

  • Kathryn Rife

    I love the embroidered stocking applique pillows. Thank you! I downloaded the pillow instructions, but I cannot find the embroidery files. When I click on the hyperlink for them within the instructions, it takes me back to the page where it asks me to give my email to receive free projects. Can you help me?

    • Ellen March

      Hi Kathryn,
      Go back to the landing page where you downloaded the instructions and you will find the link to download the embroidery design files. If you are still having trouble, please email us at

    • Ellen March

      Hi Candice,
      When you click through on the Free Projects page, the landing page gives you two links: one for the embroidery files and one for the pillow instructions. You need both downloads to make the pillow. If you are still having trouble, please email us at

  • Kathryn Rife

    Ellen, thank you so much for your help. The link you provided took me directly to the landing page, and when I clicked on Download the directions, indeed there were 2 files. (I could swear that there was only 1 file yesterday … the one for the pdf of instructions.) Anyway, now I have the embroidery files too. Thanks again. I’m looking forward to making both pillow sizes.

  • Curvy Girls are Chic

    Hello Ellen there is a bit of confusion. I am able to retrieve the files as stated. When I go to purchase the Ice thread it shows some other examples of use of the thread with other projects? Where can I find those.. in particular the lion on the last photo.