How to Make a Giant Christmas Stocking

Switch things up this holiday season by replacing the traditional wreath on your front door with an oversized stocking. This DIY giant Christmas stocking is the perfect addition to your seasonal decor and can be made with just a few basic craft supplies.

how to make a giant Christmas stocking

Stuff the stocking and hang

Use tissue paper, batting or scrap paper to fill the stocking. Rip the paper into small pieces, crumple them up and then carefully place them inside the stocking. Add faux greenery popping out of the stocking for a true festive feel. Hang on a front door or inside your home to spread some cheer!

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Create a vintage-style stocking to welcome in the season. In just a few steps, you can create a one-of-a-kind giant Christmas stocking to hang on a front door or inside your home to help spread holiday cheer in a larger-than-life way.

Keep the color palette traditional for a vintage look or think outside of the (gift) box and use bold colors for a modern twist. Whatever your style is, this craft will surely bring back all that holiday nostalgia.

How to Make a Giant Stocking
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Materials + Supplies

  • red and white felt
  • fabric scissors
  • felt glue
  • 1/8-inch hole punch
  • large needle & white cotton yarn
  • snowflake stencils
  • white fabric paint
  • stencil brush
  • hot glue gun
  • fringe trim
  • greenery
  • scrap paper, batting or tissue paper
materials for giant christmas stocking

Materials

Red and White Felt Fabric Scissors Felt Glue 1/8th Inch Hole Punch Large Needle & White Cotton Yarn Snowflake Stencils White Fabric Paint Stencil Brush Hot Glue Gun Fringe Trim Greenery Scrap Paper/Batting/Tissue Paper

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Draw and Cut Out Your Giant Stocking

Place two pieces of large red felt directly on top of each other. Draw a large stocking shape about two feet long. If you are not the best artist, use a large stocking to trace the shape, or print out clip art to use as a template. Use a pair of fabric scissors and cut around the traced stocking through the two pieces of felt to create a pair.

Tip: Use chalk to trace the image and dust it off once cut.

cut out your giant stocking

Draw and cut out a stocking

Place two pieces of large red felt directly on top of each other. Draw a large stocking shape about two feet long. If you are not the best artist, use a large stocking to trace or print out clip art to use as a template. Use a pair of fabric scissors and cut around the traced stocking with the two pieces of felt to create a pair. Tip: Use chalk to trace the image and dust it off once cut.

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Stencil On Your Snowflakes

Place the stencil in the desired spots, then apply white fabric paint on a brush and dab it off on a separate dish. This will ensure that there isn’t too much paint on the brush. Start towards the outside of the stencil and work into the center in an up-and-down, dabbing motion (Images 1 + 2). Don’t worry about imperfections; this will add a vintage vibe. Continue this process around the stocking until you’re happy with the look (Image 3). Let the paint fully dry before moving on to the next step.

Glue on the White Felt

Create a folded, white-brimmed detail for the top of the stocking. Cut out two panels of white felt that are the same width as the top of the stocking and about 6 inches deep (Image 1). Fold down the top of the stocking, apply a thin coating of fabric glue with a paintbrush, and press down the white felt lining the edges (Image 2). Repeat this process with the back panel. Then, cut off the excess white felt (Image 3).

Punch Holes

Hold the two pieces of felt together and begin punching holes around the perimeter of the stocking; the holes should be one inch apart. This will make sewing much easier.

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Punch out holes

Hold the two pieces of felt together and begin punching holes around the stocking one inch apart. This will make sewing much easier to accomplish.

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Sew Around the Border

Cut off a long piece of cotton yarn, thread it through a large needle and tie a big knot at the end of the yarn. Starting on the back top of the stocking, begin stitching down and around to the front of the stocking through the next punched hole. Once done, tie off the yarn on the backside of the stocking.

Tip: Don't pull too tightly while stitching, this will pull and could rip the felt.

sew giant christmas stocking

Sew around the stocking

Cut off a long piece of cotton yarn, thread it through a large needle and tie a big knot at the end of the piece. Start at the back top of the stocking and begin to stitch your way down and around the stocking through the punched holes. Once done tie off the yarn on the backside of the stocking. Tip: Don't pull too tightly while stitching, this will pull and could rip the felt.

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Fold the Brim and Add Trim

Carefully fold down the brim so the white felt is showing. Don’t pull down too quickly or you could pull the stitching out. Cut a piece of fringe trim that's the width of the brim. Use a low-temp hot glue gun to add a thin line of glue across the bottom of the white brim, then press down the fringe trim firmly to adhere (Image 1). Cut a strip of red felt about 10 inches long, fold it in half and make a hook. Open the stocking and glue the loop to the inside top right corner of the stocking so it peeks out (Image 2).

Stuff and Hang Your Giant Christmas Stocking

Use tissue paper, batting or scrap paper to fill the stocking. Add faux greenery popping out of the stocking for a true festive feel (Images 1 + 2). Hang on a front door or inside your home to spread some cheer (Images 3 + 4).

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