Handmade Christmas Stocking

Stockings are a great way of giving gifts without having to wrap each item. These homemade stockings can be customized by sewing on a decorative bow, an individual's initials or fabric shapes on a favorite theme.

Overflowing Stockings

Overflowing Stockings

2008 Dorling Kindersley Limited DK - A Greener Christmas

DK - A Greener Christmas, 2008 Dorling Kindersley Limited

From: DK Books - Greener

Materials Needed:

  • embroidered tablecloth or an unwanted curtain
  • scissors
  • extra fabric to decorate

Step 1

Cut out two stocking shapes using the template. Sew on any fabric details, such as a length of fabric, around the width of the stocking.

Tip: If someone has a much-loved garment that is no longer fit to wear, reuse it as the fabric for their stocking. If the material is very worn, sew it onto a piece of plain cotton or burlap material first, and then cut out the stocking shape.

Cloth Stocking Template

Cloth Stocking Template

2008 Dorling Kindersley Limited DK - A Greener Christmas

DK - A Greener Christmas, 2008 Dorling Kindersley Limited

Step 2

Align the shapes, correct sides facing inward, and sew together, leaving a seam of 1/2 inch around the edge. Leave the top unstitched.

Align Shapes, Correct Sides Facing, And Sew

Align Shapes, Correct Sides Facing, And Sew

2008 Dorling Kindersley Limited DK - A Greener Christmas

DK - A Greener Christmas, 2008 Dorling Kindersley Limited

Step 3

Fold over and sew the fabric at the top of the stocking so the edges don't show. Then turn the stocking the right way around.

Sew Edges of Stocking

Sew Edges of Stocking

2008 Dorling Kindersley Limited DK - A Greener Christmas

DK - A Greener Christmas, 2008 Dorling Kindersley Limited

Step 4

Fold the fabric into a loop and sew it to the top of the stocking. Sew on more decorations as you wish. Make more stockings in the same way.

Homemade Christmas Stocking Loop

Homemade Christmas Stocking Loop

2008 Dorling Kindersley Limited DK - A Greener Christmas

DK - A Greener Christmas, 2008 Dorling Kindersley Limited

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