Leather Christmas Stockings

Give your holiday mantel a high-fashion makeover with custom leather Christmas stockings.

Leather Christmas Stockings Hung From Branch-Like Vine

Leather Christmas Stockings Hung From Branch-Like Vine

By: Michele Beschen

Tip: Thin leather or vinyl may fit in sewing machine. If not, the stocking will need to be stitched together by hand.

Materials Needed:

  • sides of old leather or vinyl coats
  • cardboard
  • heavy-duty shears
  • waxed thread
  • leather stitching needle
  • leather dye

Create Pattern and Cut Pieces

Print template, enlarge on a copier, if desired, then assemble paper pattern. Trace onto cardboard and cut out to create a more durable pattern. Fold leather panel in half lengthwise; lay pattern on folder leather, trace pattern and cut out.

Trace Cardboard Pattern Onto Leather

Trace and Cut Pattern For Leather Christmas Stockings


Add any decorative embellishments like tags or rivets to the front of your stocking before stitching together.

Leather Stocking With Metallic Rivets

Embellishing Leather Stocking With Rivets

Groove and Space

To make an evenly spaced stitching line on stocking, use a grooving tool or straightedge, then go over groove with spacing tool.

Use Handheld Tool to Create Groove in Leather

Cutting Groove in Edge of Leather Stocking

Punch Holes

Stack both sides of stocking together, finished sides out. Punch stitch holes with awl through both leather layers.

Punching Holes in Leather Using Stitching Awl

Prepping Leather for Sewing

Stitch Together

Sew wrong sides together with a leather needle and waxed thread using either a simple saddle stitch or alternative decorative stitch. Note: If leather or vinyl is thin enough, a sewing machine will work.

Sew Leather

Sewing Leather Stocking Together

Cut Hanger

Cut 1/2" x 7" piece of leather, fold it over, place inside stocking then rivet or stitch on. Do a final once-over with leather dye to finish off any raw edges.

Attach Leather Loop For Stocking Hanger

Adding Leather Hanger to Stocking

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