Make Your Own Funky Christmas Stockings

stockings hung on a stone mantel

Here at the DIY Made + Remade and HGTV Design Happens holiday party, my funky handmade stockings are mixed in with more traditionally shaped versions in faux fur and faux sheepskin from Pottery Barn. (photo by Jason Kisner)

Funky, one-of-a-kind Christmas stockings are fun to make and stand out against the traditional stockings I’m sure so many of us had as a child. So when I was asked to create a few handmade stockings for the Home for the Holidays series, I knew exactly what I wanted to do. They fit in great with the holiday fireplace mantel theme: rustic and organic but with a little extra flair.

Forget tradition, I love funky! (this photo and photos below by Bob Farley)

I do like traditional style, but doing things differently by drawing from your own (or somebody else’s) designs, and stuffing the boot gives an added dimensional whimsy to the holiday decor. You don’t even need to have a fireplace to enjoy these stockings. I’ve hung them from wreaths on doors, on curtain rod finials, bedposts, and on armoires. Get down and get as funky as you want. Have fun!

Draw your own designs for one-of-a-kind holiday stockings.

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Step 1

 Open GalleryPick your fabrics. I started with a color palette and the base fabric to work with, and then I added scrap fabrics that worked with the palette. My advice? To cut costs, go through the scrap bin for embellishment fabrics and trim, or buy remnant pieces from your favorite fabric store. This time of year, fabric stores and interior designers and decorators clean out their shops and would like to recycle fabric and trim samples, so you might want to check those resources, too.

Step 2

 Open GalleryDraw and cut out the pattern. On muslin or canvas, freehand draw a stocking. You can go traditional or you can go funky. Keep in mind that the finished product is going to be slightly smaller when it is turned inside out and stuffed, so be sure you draw the leg and shoe big enough. When you cut out the pattern, cut at least a 1/2-inch out from the mark for seam allowance and to give a little extra room to work with.

Step 3

 Open GalleryCut out the stocking pieces. Take the pattern and line it up on the main stocking fabric as you like. Cut out one panel and flip the pattern over, line up again, and cut out the other side of the stocking.

Step 4

 Open GalleryCut out embellishments and trim pieces. Lay the stocking pieces on a table and visualize what might look fun and funky. I decided here that my lady leg needed a boot and a little gold flair at the top of the boot.

Step 5

 Open GalleryCut out the pocket liner pieces. The pocket will hide the seams at the top, give the project a nice finished look, and will allow you to close off the stuffed section of the stocking and still be able to use the stocking pocket for holding treats. Fold the pocket fabric in two, lay the stocking pattern on top, and cut.

Step 6

 Open GalleryCut out the hanger loop piece. Decide if you want a fat loop or a skinny loop. I like the appearance of a fat loop. It gives an additional element of design and a larger splash of color. Later, I add a skinny ribbon to tie on the loop for hanging. For a fat loop, cut at 4 x 6 inches.

Step 7

 Open GallerySerge fabric pieces. I have a serger with a four-thread overlock stitch, but if you do not have a serger, you can use a zigzag stitch in combination with a straight stitch. Sew a straight stitch at 1/4-inch in from the edge, and on the second time around, finish of with a zigzag, being sure to overlap the edge. If your fabric is not prone to fraying, or you feel like the edges will not unravel, you may skip this step. It might be overboard to serge the pieces but I tend to be a slightly over-the-top perfectionist.

Step 8

 Open GallerySew the hanger loop and turn out. Fold the shorter width in half and sew along the edge with a 1/2-inch seam allowance. Turn the loop right side out, line up the seam in the middle and iron to flatten.

Step 9

 Open GallerySew the pocket liner. Put the right sides together and sew the sides with a 1/2-inch seam allowance. Do not sew the bottom closed. You’ll need it to be open to stuff the stocking.

Step 10

 Open GalleryMachine baste embellishments to stocking pieces. To sew on my boot pieces, I lined up the pieces on top of the stocking panels, pinned them in place and sewed with a long stitch length.

Step 11

 Open GallerySew on trim to hide the edges of embellishments. To hide the edges of the boot fabric and to give added flair, sew the trim at the top of your embellishment and also along the ends of the trim, making sure to tack the ends to the edges of the stocking panel.

Step 12

 Open GalleryPin and sew stocking pieces together. Sew just inside the serged edge, but be careful not to get too close to the edge. Also remember to start and stop stitching with a few forward and backward stitches to lock the stitch line.

Step 13

 Open GalleryTurn the stocking right side out. It may be difficult to reach the toe and the heel but use your chopstick to help push the corners out. Do not worry about ironing the leg and boot flat. The stuffing will round it out.

Step 14

 Open GallerySew on the hanger loop. Sewing close to the edge, baste the loop in place on the back of the stocking with a long stitch length.

Step 15

 Open GalleryPin and sew the pocket liner to the stocking. Slip the liner around the outside of the stocking with the right sides in, line up the seams to seams, pin, and sew. Turn the liner up and back down into the stocking. Iron the edges around the mouth of the stocking flat.

Step 16

 Open GalleryStuff the stocking. I like to stuff the boot pretty full and compact so the edges get pushed out. Work with a small handful of stuffing at a time and use the chopstick to stuff into the hard-to-reach areas. After the boot is stuffed tight, you can fill the ankle and calf a little looser. Fill up to the pocket liner.

Step 17

 Open GalleryClose the pocket liner. Pull the liner bottom up, fold in the edges and sew closed. Slip the pocket liner back down into the stocking and into place.

Materials

  • Canvas or muslin for pattern
  • Leftover fabric or samples (we used an HGTV HOME marbelized print for the base)
  • Trim scraps
  • Stuffing
  • Strong thread

Tools

  • scissors
  • marker
  • chopstick
  • sewing machine
About Michelle Reynolds 

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I’m a slipcover maker who refuses to fill the trash with the cutaway bits of designer fabrics, so I strive to make use of every scrap. I live with my ...

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