DIY: Simple Christmas Stockings / by Katie Brightbill

I make my own stockings every year. It seems like a big task, but they're incredibly simple to make. Making them annually also gives me the flexibility to decorate in different ways each year, and still have our stockings blend with the rest of our home decor.

For 4 stockings, you will need:
  • 2 yards of fabric for stocking body
  • 1/2 yard of fabric for the top
  • Scissors
  • Sewing machine or hand sewing kit
Step 1: Start by folding your 2 yards of fabric in half (to cut matching pieces). Place an old stocking from last year on it.
Step 2: Trace your old stocking about an inch wider than your old stocking to allow for your seams.
Step 3: Cut out your stockings.

Step 4: Sew your stockings, right sides together, leaving the tops open. Turn them right side out and iron them.
Step 5: Measure the width of the top of your new cutout stocking. Cut your contrasting fabric the width of the stocking by 8 inches, plus an inch to allow for the seam.
Step 6: Sew the tops inside out to form a tube.
Step 7: Pull the stocking into the tube so the right sides are together. Pin the top edge of the stocking to the edge of the top and stitch. Pull the top up so it's right side out. Now the top is sewn onto the stocking.
Step 8: Hem the top of the stocking by folding the top inside one inch and hand sew a few invisible stitches. Once it is all complete, iron and hang on your mantel!

Happy Decorating!