Make your own Christmas stockings

Posted on December 7th, 2016

Make stylish Christmas stockings for the whole family with this easy step-by-step DIY project. By Noeleen Foster

Make your own Christmas stockings

You will need:

  • Red and white fabric
  • Scissors
  • Black fabric paint
  • Paintbrushes
  • Ribbons
  • Pins
  • Deer printable and stocking template

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How to make the Christmas stockings:

  1. Fold the red fabric in quarters so you have four fabric layers on top of one another.
  2. Cut out the boot template. Download the template here.
  3. Pin the template down securely on to the fabric and cut out the shape. Remember to leave a 1cm seam allowance around the edge of the template.
  4. For the white cuff, fold a strip of fabric that is slightly longer than the top of the boot and 24cm in width, in half length ways so you create a natural hem on one side and only need to sew the rough edge to the inside of the stocking.
  5. Place the rough edges of the cuff in between two layers of the red fabric so the folded edge will be on the outside of the boot.
  6. Sew them together.
  7. Sew your entire boot all the way round, stopping short of where the cuff has been joined so there is space for the cuff to be folded over.
  8. Where the boot has sharp curves, you can feather the fabric slightly, just before stitching, so it doesn’t pull.
  9. Flip the boot the right way round, and run your hands along the inside stitching to press out all the corners.
  10. Flatten the cuff with your hands  and sew the open end together. Trim off any excess fabric.
    Flip the cuff over the boot.
  11. Cut out the deer template and trace onto the front of your stocking. Download the template here.
  12. For the names, use a sample font printed onto paper and use it as a visual guide when drawing the font by hand, or use it as a template as you did with the deer.
  13. Paint the deer and name with black fabric paint. You can use a toothpick to make the edges sharp.
  14. Stitch black ribbon to the inside of the stocking to create the hanging loop.
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