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

Give your holiday mantel a high-fashion makeover with custom leather Christmas stockings. Wouldn't these tanned beauties be so appropriate for a rustic industrial holiday?

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 and Cut Pattern For Leather Christmas Stockings

Trace and Cut Pattern For Leather Christmas Stockings

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.

Embellish

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

Embellishing Leather Stocking With Rivets

Embellishing Leather Stocking With Rivets

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

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.

Cutting Groove in Edge of Leather Stocking

Cutting Groove in Edge of Leather Stocking

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

Punch Holes

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

Prepping Leather for Sewing

Prepping Leather for Sewing

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

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.

Sewing Leather Stocking Together

Sewing Leather Stocking 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.

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.

Adding Leather Hanger to Stocking

Adding Leather Hanger to Stocking

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.

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