Create homemade Christmas stockings with our easy how-to crafts instructions.
You might not bound out of bed before daybreak on Christmas anymore, but you are never too old to enjoy the sight of a trinket-filled
stocking. For these homemade Christmas stockings, choose colorful fabrics for the bodies, then add a patterned cuff, trim
or appliqués for an even more fun and festive look.
Start here: Construct the body with this template (PDF).
• Photocopier and 2 11" x 17" sheets of paper • Scissors • Pencil • ½ yard durable woven fabric (canvas, broadcloth or duck) • Dressmaker’s pins • Sewing machine • Needle and thread
After printing the stocking template, use a photocopier to enlarge it to your desired size.
Cut out template and lay it on the wrong side of fabric with toe facing left, then trace outline with pencil. Flip template so toe faces right, place it on wrong side of fabric and trace again. Cut out stocking halves. (If you are making an appliqué stocking, proceed according to those directions.)
Pin halves together, right sides facing. Stitching ½" from cut edge, sew stocking halves together. Taking care not to damage the seam, cut small notches in fabric edges bordering toe, heel and instep curves. Turn stocking right side out. Fold raw edge inward and hand-stitch.
Surprise your favorite guy with this striking stocking.
• Tape measure • Solid-color stocking • Scissors • ½ yard striped cotton fabric • Iron-on hem tape, 1" wide • Iron • Needle and thread
Choose length of cuff; add 2". Measure around top hem of stocking; add 1". Cut fabric to these dimensions.
To finish bottom edge of cuff, use hem tape to iron 1" hem. Fold fabric in half lengthwise, right sides together. Sew sides together with ½" seam allowance.
With stocking right side out and tube of fabric inside out, insert raw edge of tube 1" into top of stocking; hand-stitch around top of stocking to attach layers. Fold fabric down to reveal right side.
Present this pretty stocking to your mom, aunt or sister.
• Tape measure • Floral-print stocking • Scissors • 1½ yards eyelet-lace trim • Dressmaker’s pins • Needle and thread
Measure around top hem of stocking; add 1". Cut three pieces lace trim to that length.
Pin two pieces of lace trim together lengthwise, overlapping slightly; hand-stitch together on underside. Repeat with third piece of lace trim.
Pin and stitch top edge of lace to hem of stocking. At seam, turn edges under and sew ends together.
Delight a little one with a jelly-bean motif.
• Photocopier and plain white paper • Scissors • Iron • Iron-on double-stick fusible webbing with paper backing (such as Steam-a-Seam 2) • ½ yard printed cotton fabric • Stocking pieces (not sewn)
Iron fusible webbing to wrong side of printed fabric, leaving paper backing intact. Draw stars and border design onto paper backing, cut out. Remove paper. Position border and stars on right side of canvas stocking piece (toe should point left); iron items to attach. To finish, follow step 3 on previous slide.
For a more vintage feel, make stockings from old dish towels, curtains or tablecloths.
YOU'LL NEED (makes 1 stocking):
• Stocking pattern (download here) • Fabric marker • 3/8 yard felt • Dish towel • Scissors • Straight pins • Needle and thread • Glue gun
Download stocking pattern here or draw freehand.
Use fabric marker to trace pattern onto felt and dish towel and cut out. Cut a ¾" x 6" strip of felt for a hanger.
Pin materials together, right side in. Sew using a ½" seam allowance; leave top open. Remove pins. Turn stocking right side out and iron. Fold cut strip of felt in half and glue or stitch to upper back corner of stocking to use as a hanging loop.