stocking stuffer sleeves to sew
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Simple Stocking Stuffers to Sew

Get Crafty with Simple Stocking Stuffers

stocking stuffer sleeves

Small projects make great stocking stuffers for Santa’s elves, and these little sleeves are no exception. They also make great gifts for co-workers, family and friends. Make one of these sleeves for each person on your gift list and tie it to a package. Choose cork fabric for an upscale version or quilting cottons, depending on the recipient. This project is easy enough for kids to complete, too (read on for my daughter’s version!).


Cork fabric is a fun alternative to leather or faux leather. If you have leftover cork fabric from a bag or tote project, use it to create these stocking stuffer sleeves. Only one 1 1/2″ x 9″ strip is needed. Add some glam with Poly Sparkle Thread to add to the gift.

stocking stuffer cork version supplies



Install a size 90/14 Top Stitch Needle. Thread the machine with 30 wt. Poly Sparkle Thread in the needle and bobbin.

Fold one rectangle short end around the Gate Ring, extending the end end about 1/2″ beyond the Gate Ring edge. Use Wonder Clips to secure.

fold end around gate ring

Install a zipper foot. Stitch the rectangle end, securing the Gate Ring.

stitch short end to secure ring

Fold the rectangle opposite end toward the O-Ring, positioning the raw short end 1/4″ from the opposite stitched end. Use pins or Wonder Clips to secure.

clip long edges of stocking stuffer sleeve

Stitch the long sides to create the sleeve pocket.

long edges stitched


Dive into your scrap bin to find the perfect fabric print for each recipient. You only need two 2″ x 9″ strips, either matching or contrasting. The sleeves are so easy, you’ll have plenty of time to have fun with sparkly decorative thread for the topstitching. My 8-year-old daughter made this version – that’s how easy it is!

stocking stuffer quilting cotton version supplies



Install a size 70/10 Universal Needle. Thread the machine with 50 wt. Cotton Thread in the needle and bobbin.

Fuse the rectangle of Soft ‘n Sheer to one fabric rectangle wrong side. Use a low- to medium-temp iron and press in an up-and-down motion, rather than moving the iron across the stabilizer surface.

fusing interfacing to fabric

Place the rectangles right sides together, matching all edges and corners; pin. Stitch the perimeter using a 1/4″ seam allowance and leaving a 3″ opening along one long edge for turning.

stitching rectangle perimeter

Clip the corners, and then turn the rectangle right side out; press. (My daughter got a little crazy with her seam allowance on one edge, but we fixed it easily!)

Turn the opening raw edges toward the wrong side; pin or use Wonder Clips to secure.

Topstitch the rectangle, closing the opening with the stitching.


Wrap one rectangle short end around the O-Ring, extending the rectangle end about 1″ beyond the Gate Ring edge. Pin or use Wonder Clips to secure.

Install a zipper foot. Stitch the rectangle end, securing the O-Ring between the fabric folds. Stitch two rows of stitching: one along the previous stitching line and one 1/4″ above.

Fold the rectangle opposite end 3″ up toward the O-Ring. Use pins or Wonder Clips to secure.

stitch long edges

Stitch the 3″ sides, following the previous stitching lines.

stitching the sides of the stocking stuffer sleeve


Insert a thumb drive into the stocking stuffer sleeve and gift it to a student.

thumb drive inserted into sleeve

Or fill the thumb drive with fun embroidery designs or a 1″ x 6″ clear ruler and gift it to a sewing friend.

thumb drive in cork version of sleeve ruler inserted into sleeve

Insert a scented chapstick into the stocking stuffer sleeve and hook the Gate Ring to a new backpack or pouch.

finished stocking stuffer sleeves



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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!

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