Retro Space Age Stocking Tutorial

Here are the instructions for assembling your very own Retro Space Age Stocking! All those stitches may look a bit daunting but just wait and see, it comes together fairly easily and quickly. As always, feel free to contact me if you have any question or if any of the directions are unclear.

Retro Space Age Stocking

– patterns (found on previous post)
– felt
– fusible webbing
– standard sewing supplies (scissors, needle, thread, etc)


1. Decide on the color scheme for the entire stocking. For Maxwell’s Alien Ship pattern, I’ll be using red rays, a blue cuff and a combination of red/glue/gray for the ship.

2. Cut out pattern pieces.

3. Trace pattern pieces onto felt/fusible webbing and cut out. (The blue piece in the picture above was cut first and then cut again when I attached it to the webbing. I highly suggest you not do it this way. Cut out a piece of felt and webbing and trace the pattern onto that. Then you can cut through all the pieces. Much easier!)

4. Position all the felt pieces together on a larger piece of white felt and iron into place.

5. Cut out entire applique.

6. Cut out remaining pattern pieces (stocking, cuff, hanging tag, letters, rays). Piece together to make sure Tried and True’s pattern is, indeed, tried and true. Check baby monitor to see if baby is still sleeping soundly. Whew, still asleep. Onto step 7!

7. Using small, even sized stitches, begin by attaching the background rays onto the stocking. For this example (Alien Ship), we’ll be omitting ray #1 and #5 from the stocking since the alien ship has nifty transporter rays. All the other stocking designs have five background rays.

8. Once all the background rays have been sew on, proceed to attach the applique (Alien Ship) onto the stocking. Note: I screwed up big time on this step. I didn’t bring out the other stockings as I was finishing Maxwell’s last week and forgot that I used matching thread on each felt color instead of just all white thread (see picture). Because I knew it would eat at me every year that I brought out the stockings and saw that Max’s was slightly different, I just went ahead and re-embroidered every single white stitch with the matching color thread. Double the work. Ugh, note to self: plan ahead!

9. Stitch name onto cuff.

10. Center cuff and name onto stocking top (you may have to cut off excess cuff materials.) Sew the cuff to the stocking, right sides facing. Repeat with backside.

11. Press seams open with iron.

12. Sew stocking front to stocking back.

13. Fold the edge under 1/4″ and stitch. Sew on hanging tab and you’re done!


About Vanessa Brady

Vanessa Brady is a craft blogger, mother of two boys, and a hot sauce junkie. She's been running Tried & True for over 7 years and her tutorials have been featured in numerous craft books and publications.


  1. Absolutely gorgeous, I have to make some of these for my Sci-fi (read geek) of a hubby and my little fella (2) who will totally go nuts for these.

    Thanks so much for sharing the instructions 🙂


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