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Embroidered Name Christmas Stocking

Turn your handwriting into a holiday heirloom. One can be made for every member of the family.

mantle blue wall stocking

Photography: Janelle Jones

Source: Martha Stewart


Before you begin, learn how to embroider using a needle and thread. No matter how complicated-looking the result of your penmanship, this needlework technique is remarkably easy. Once you've mastered the stem stitch (one of the easiest embroidery stitches), you can follow the connected string of cursive letters with a single thread.


For more ideas, scroll through the entire collection of Christmas stockings and embroidery projects.


  • Christmas stocking (Pictured: Velvet and Linen Stocking, in Green, 11" by 20", $48,

  • Ballpoint pen

  • Paper

  • Transfer paper

  • Embroidery hoop

  • Embroidery needle

  • Embroidery floss (Pictured: Cotton embroidery floss, by DMC, in #498, $1.25 for 8.7 yd.,


  1. Write the recipient's name on a small piece of paper. Place transfer paper onto stocking and layer paper with handwritten name on top; trace over name with a ballpoint pen. (Note: This will transfer your handwriting to the stocking and the residue can be wiped clean if an error is made.)

  2. Secure the stocking cuff in an embroidery hoop and be sure the fabric is pulled taut. (Note: This will help keep the tension even for stitching.)

  3. Embroider name using a stem stitch: Bring needle through to right side of napkin, then insert back through at a slight diagonal, about 1/4 inch to right. Bring needle back up 1/8 inch to left, just above halfway point of first stitch. Continue stitching at slight diagonal, making all visible stitches the same length. At the last stitch, knot and trim excess floss.

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