Let us show you how to make your own beautiful, custom DIY Christmas stockings! Easy, inexpensive and best of all, made to perfectly fit your own unique festive style.
Then I drool over other people’s home made stockings. I’ve always thought it was more of a “real” sewer’s project because, seriously, they always look so cute and so well-done that I thought it would maybe be something I could learn to do in 30 years or so when I have lots of time to learn to do things the “right” way.
Then I tried it!
And guess what? You totally don’t need to be good at this whole sewing thing, like, at all. You could be one of those people with a big set of 8 custom stockings all hanging in a row. By tomorrow. It’s just as easy as sewing a pillow!
Handmade ones in cute fabrics are way bette than almost any store bought stocking anyway!
And here’s how you make them!
How to Make DIY Christmas Stockings
If you already have a stocking that you like the general size and shape of, trace around it on your fabric folded in half so you get two of the same shape. If you don’t already have a stocking, you can just free hand a basic shape on to some cardboard and use that as a template. You think you’re going to mess up the size or shape of it, but trust me, you won’t. That’s what I did for my first set I made (mini ones for the pets!) and it was just fine.
Once you’re done tracing, cut out your shapes!
Cut out two pieces of whatever fabric you want to use for the cuff. I used some burlap. Make sure your pieces of fabric are a little wider and taller than you want the final cuff to be. I made it about 1/2″ bigger on all sides. Perfection not required for this step. Clearly. 🙂
Put your stocking pieces together, with the pretty sides facing in and sew all around the outside, except for the top.
Now We’re Getting Somewhere
Turn it right side out and admire it! It looks like a stocking! This is going great!
Turn it inside out again.
Take your cuff pieces and put them together with the pretty sides facing in. Stitch on both sides, but not the top and bottom. Turn up the bottom to form a little hem and iron it. Iron it reeeaally well. This will be the visible part of your cuff. You can sew it like that or just leave it and it will stay on its own. I didn’t want to see the stitches so I just left it.
Turn the cuff right side out and here’s what you have!
Now we need to attach the cuff to the stocking! This is the only slightly challenging part. You want to line it up so the stocking is showing the inside, but the cuff is showing the pretty side. This way, when you flip the stocking right side out and fold out the cuff, both pretty sides will be showing.
You need to sew where the cuff meets the stocking top, so you may have to shove it a little to get it onto your sewing machine and fold the cuff awkwardly to reach. It’s a little tough, but it’s worth it! This part will be over in about 20 seconds, so don’t start getting stressed now. The payoff is right around the corner!
Turn the whole thing right side out. Fold over the cuff. Iron it like crazy. Trim the strings and threads.
You can add a little ribbon or fold and sew another piece of fabric for a little hanging loop too if you like.
The Finished DIY Christmas Stockings
Ta-da! You have a stocking! I made this one to hang up in Jack’s room, so I used some extra leftover fabric I had from some of the other little sewing projects I’ve done in here.
Look at that! Now even our dressers can be in the Christmas spirit! Stockings are obviously great for leaving out for Santa to fill, but they make great decor here and there around the house as well!
I love that you can use any old fabric or even old clothes for this project, but I’ve really enjoyed using up all the bits of the different fabrics from my fabric stash for this. It’s so much fun to be able to make anything I might like and have it match exactly in your home. It’s amazing how many projects you can get out of just a little bit of fabric!
If you’ve never tried making your own DIY Christmas stockings for your family, I really encourage you to try it. It doesn’t take long and I promise you’ll feel so fancy after they’re done!
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Courtenay Hartford is the author of creeklinehouse.com, a blog based on her adventures renovating a 120-year-old farmhouse in rural Ontario, Canada. On her blog, Courtenay shares interior design tips based on her own farmhouse and her work as founder and stylist of the interior photography firm Art & Spaces. She also writes about her farmhouse garden, plant-based recipes, family travel, and homekeeping best practices. Courtenay is the author of the book The Cleaning Ninja and has been featured in numerous magazines including Country Sampler Farmhouse Style, Better Homes and Gardens, Parents Magazine, Real Simple, and Our Homes.