DIY Christmas Stockings
As I mentioned here, I bought fabric for stockings back in January, but I didn’t get around to making them until November. If we’re being completely honest, I totally forgot about the fabric and only remembered that I’d wanted to make stockings when I was decorating for Christmas this year. Typical.
The good news is that stockings are fairly quick and easy to make. Here’s how to make your own Christmas Stockings!
DIY Christmas Stockings
1. Draw your pattern
Freehand a stocking shape onto a large piece of paper. (I used this banner paper.) You could also tape pieces of printer paper together or use a large brown paper bag. Then draw a rectangle for your cuff.
For reference, the pattern I made was 16 3/4″ tall, 10 3/4″ wide at the foot, and 6 1/4″ wide at the top. (I’d recommend making the stocking wider at the top!) The cuff was 3″ by 6 1/4″. And clearly I drew a bunch of different lines before I settled on the final pattern.
2. Cut out the pieces
Cut 4 stocking pieces (two for the outside, two for the inside) and 2 cuff pieces.
If you’re doing different fabrics for the inside and outside (like I did on the red stocking), cut 2 stocking pieces of each.
3. Sew the lining pieces together
Sew around the stocking leaving the top open.
4. Sew the exterior pieces together
Same thing here — leave the top open.
5. Attach the exterior and the lining
Flip your lining right side out (seams on the inside) and keep your outside inside out. Put the outside layer into the lining and sew them together around the top edge.
Turn it all right side out. (You’ll have a seam on the outside, but you’ll cover it with the cuff!)
6. Make the hanging loop
Cut a small rectangle of fabric. Mine was 5″ long and 2″ wide. Stitch the sides together to make a tube, and turn it inside out. (I just use a safety pin to do this.)
7. Sew the cuff on
Hem the bottoms of both cuff pieces and sew them together. Remember to include the loop in your seam on one side! The loop itself will be inside the cuff when you sew, and its raw edge should line up with the edge of the cuff pieces.
Flip the cuff down and hang your stocking!
You’ll notice that these stockings are hanging in a lot of different places around the apartment. Because though we have a fireplace, it doesn’t have a mantle. (Yes, it’s weird.) And the fireplace is also in the dining room. So the stockings have been floating around — from a wall in the living room to my dresser to a mirror in the living room to a mirror in the dining room. I think they’re on the mirror to stay, but we’ll see. 🙂
Thanks for reading!