DIY: Christmas Stockings

December 7, 2011

Did you check out my newly decorated Christmas mantel?  If not, that’s okay (but head over there now).  In that post you got a little sneak preview of the Christmas stockings that I recently made.  As a family of four, we’ve never had matching stockings.  The mister and I have the same (since we bought those together after getting married), but then came child #1 and he got a different style stocking, and after that child #2 came along and she has an even different style stocking.  Anyway, each year it’s been a mish-mosh of different color and style stockings hung on the mantel, until now.

You know my love for drop cloth, so what did I use?  Yes, you guessed it…the big DC!

I’ve always wanted to make stockings, but was intimidated thinking it would be too difficult – but IT WASN’T!

Using drop cloth material for the main stocking, creme colored felt for the cuff, and the basic sewing essentials, I created these stockings, that now sit at the mantel, in no time!  To start off, I used the old stocking as a template to create the “boot-like” shape.  I then cut an 8″ x 12″ piece of felt for the cuff, and sewed the “right” sides together (see pictorial).

I made 4 stockings (which have 2 sides each), so I had a total of 8 sides.

Once the cuff is attached to the “boot”, open the cuff and iron.  Then put the “right” sides of the boots together and pin all around.  Using a 1/2″ inseam, sew around the entire boot, EXCEPT at the top edge of the cuff.

Once you finished sewing all the way around, turn the stocking to the “right” side using the opening at the top edge.  Then iron the edges flat.

The stocking form is made – YAY!

At this point of the stocking-making-process, the tops of the cuffs will probably not match – that’s OKAY!  Taking a scissor or rotary cutter, trim the top edge of the cuff to get a straight line.

Then it’s time to make the cuff – turn over the felt fabric and adjust it to the amount that you want to see for the “cuff”.  I’ll admit, at this point, I was a wee bit mad at myself for not forethinking what I’m about to share.  There are many different ways to make stockings and honestly, I didn’t do any research beforehand, and just “went for it”.  Kind of a mistake.  When I went to turn the fabric over to make the cuff, I realized that you could see the stitching on what was before the “inside” of the cuff (see right pictorial).  At this point, I was about to ditch the project, but then I realized because the fabric is felt, it won’t fray and it actually gives the edge a decorative look.  I trimmed the edge about 1/4″ off the seam and I’m pretty happy with the result.  Another (slight) fail to success project!

Essentially it’s complete at this point, but of course you need something to hang the stocking.  Using another piece of felt, I simply made a loop that I sewed on to the inside edge of the stocking cuff.

Now they are ready to hang!  If you saw my Christmas mantel the other day, you may have noticed that the stockings were plain and unembellished.  Well that only lasted a day.  Using the ornaments from my Organic Centerpiece that I displayed on my dining table last Christmas, I looped them through clear fishing line and hung them around the felt loop of the stocking.  Also adding a chocolate glitter snowflake, the collection was a beautiful accent to the neutral-colored background fabric.

Also placed on two of the stockings are pins that were favorites of my husband’s late grandmother. A little way he remembers her around the Holidays.

I really love the simplicity of these stockings.  Each year as I change my colors and Christmas decor they will always be a beautiful accent to different embellishments that I can add.  Do you hang stockings at the fireplace?  Are they matching or a mish-mos of different styles like I had for the past years? (and just to set the record straight…  I don’t mind mish-mosh…  it’s eclectic!)

I link my projects to some of these parties: Skip to My Lou, Dittle Dattle, Between Naps on the Porch, Today’s Creative Blog, Stories of A to Z, All Things Heart & Home, Savvy Southern Style, House of Hepworths, Finding Fabulous, Creation Corner, The Shabby Nest, Tatertots and Jello, Thrifty Decor Chick, Under the Table & Dreaming

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  1. Yesss!!! Drop cloth stockings! You absolutely win the prize for elegant use of inelegant materials. I love these. :)

    I had finally finished my stocking (a safety pin held the hanger on for a few years) for my 4th child when I found out I was having another baby. Wow! on a lot of levels. Anyhow, the challenge this year is to find matching fabric and the time to whip up another.

    By the way, SO inspired by the fireplace upgrades you pointed me to yesterday. Thanks!

    – Heidi
    Heidi Muller recently posted..Interesting People: Christin Sorensen of Crafty Goodness

    • THANK YOU Heidi! I love that… I feel so special, lol. You can make anything elegant with a little creative thinking! Glad you found some of the fireplace info helpful. Let me know if you have any more questions. xo Jenna

  2. Your stockings look great!…so does your mantel! I made stockings for my mantel, as well.
    Pam @ diy Design Fanatic recently posted..Christmas Wreath and Front Door

  3. Wow! You are a Christmas crafting genius! So glad I found your project via Centsational Girl.

    Please stop by for a visit to my blog. I am currently in the midst of a Gifts to Make series.

    Be Merry and Bright!

  4. Love your stockings. I have wanted to make some but have been completely intimidated and worried that I will make too many mistakes. Yours look lively.
    Ruth recently posted..Garland Before & After

    • Thank you so much Ruth! I would just go-for-it… that’s what I did! I was apprehensive too, but the stockings were easy to create. xo Jenna

  5. These are SUPER creative.. I LOVE them (PIN Worthy!!!).. So festive and pretty.. I’m Mariyn – Your newest HAPPY follower here.. Loving your blog.. SO much CREATIVITY!! I’m inspired.. Will love for you to stop in sometime.. .. Wishing you an amzing rest of the week.. ~M
    Marilyn recently posted..Cork Place Cards …..{Capturing Christmas}

  6. These are so beautiful I love the simplicity. I’d love you to add it to my What We Wore and Made link party over at
    marissa recently posted..Link Party: What We Wore and Made Wednesdays #5

  7. The stockings look beautiful on your mantle; I love paint cloth projects!

  8. Your stockings are lovely and I love the texture of drop cloth too. I hope they get filled this weekend with wonderful surprises! Happy holidays.
    Inspire Me Heather recently posted..project: Christmas trees


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