How to Make a Handmade Christmas Stocking

November 20, 2017

I’ve always wanted minimal and timeless Christmas stockings to hang up during the festive season and have never seemed to find any that I like. So I decided to try and make my own. I bought the fabric, chose some tassel and pom-pom trimming options, got some sewing needles and thread and I was good to go. All of the goodies cost me R100 and I could probably make around 4 stockings from the material. I don’t have a sewing machine so I had to sew by hand, which turned out to be pretty darn easy, but if you have a sewing machine it will obviously take way quicker to make.

Materials needed:

  • Fabric of your choice
  • Decorative trimming
  • Sewing needles
  • Cotton threads to match the colour of stocking material and trimming
  • Paper for stocking pattern
  • Pencil
  • Scissors

How to make: 

  • Draw stocking shape onto paper & cut out (I free-handed it but there are plenty of patterns on the internet)
  • Place two pieces of your material on top of each other with the right sides of the fabric facing each other
  • Pin your paper stocking onto the material and trace around it (the ‘ugly’ side of material should be facing you)

  • Cut along the top line of the stocking (through both pieces of material) & fold down about a 1-2cm edge on either side, stitch down at either edge for a neat trim

  • Keep material pinned together, sew along the edges of your stocking all the way around. (This¬†is a good tutorial if you’re not sure how to hand sew)

  • Cut out your stocking and leave about a 1cm gap from the edge where you sewed

  • Turn your stocking the right side out, decide where you would like your decorative trimming and sew it on with thread to match

  • Sew a small piece of material onto the inside hem for a hanging loop

Now all you have to do is find some stocking filler goodies to fill up your handcrafted Christmas sock.

Happy Christmas crafting!