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.

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Overflowing StockingsEnlarge Photo+Shrink Photo-DK - A Greener Christmas © 2008 Dorling Kindersley Limited

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.

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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 SewEnlarge Photo+Shrink Photo-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 StockingEnlarge Photo+Shrink Photo-DK - A Greener Christmas © 2008 Dorling Kindersley Limited
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© Dorling Kindersley Limited 2008

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