Refashioned Christmas Stockings


Refashioned Christmas Stockings

Refashioned Christmas StockingsIt's Christmas, which often means an influx of new clothes and fabrics. To make a little closet space for new garments, why not use the old stuff, that's destined for the trash bin, to make some funky Christmas home decor?

These Refashioned Christmas Stockings are so unique and cool. Red velvet might be the classic look, but these homemade stockings will bring a little personal touch to your decorations this year.

DIY Christmas stockings are a breeze to make and look so cute hanging up over the fireplace. So, take a look at this tutorial, find some old clothes to upcycle, and get started!


  • Variety of clothing
  • Thread
  • Material for lining stockings
  • Pattern for stocking


  1. Stockings are a very forgiving project to work with and very easy to construct. Embellishing them can be simple or very involved depending on your preference. I live in a house full of males who are content with simple so that's they way I keep it. There are many patterns to be purchased both online and in stores.

    This time I chose to just tape together 4 sheets of 8.5 x 11 inch printer paper and draw my own pattern. When using clothing, the pattern is simply placed on top of the article of clothing, pinned in place, and cut out. There is no worry about getting the layers of material facing the right direction.

    Refashioned Christmas Stockings
  2. Some articles of clothing may need to be altered to make them large enough or flat enough to work with. I removed the elastic gathering from the waist of the ruffled shirt.

    Refashioned Christmas Stocking
  3. The shirt wasn't big enough for my pattern so I added some length to it with an inexpensive muslin in a color that while not a perfect match was close enough. In this photo, above the seam is the bottom of the shirt. I partially ripped out one of the side seams and stitched a section of muslin to it.  The added material is seen below the seam.

    Refashioned Christmas Stocking
  4. After cutting out the stocking, I removed one of the eyelet cap sleeves from the shirt and used it on the toe of the stocking. It was not only a nice embellishment, but it also tied back in with the top of the stocking where the fabric was a slightly different color than the fabric I added to lengthen it.

    Refashioned Christmas Stocking
  5. The steps to this point are simply to choose a pattern, prepare your fabric to make it useable with your pattern, pin the pattern to the fabric and cut it out.

    Refashioned Christmas Stocking
  6. Next, use the pattern to cut out 2 pieces for the lining. If you are not using a purchased pattern that includes instructions, the fabric for the lining should be folded so the right sides are together.
  7. Pin the outside front of the stocking to one of the lining pieces, right sides together, stitch along the top edge, and press the seam open. Repeat this with the back of the stocking and other lining piece. When placed side by side with the outside panels facing up, you should have 2 stockings with toes that face in opposite directions.

    Refashioned Christmas Stocking
  8. Open the 2 stocking panels up and place the right sides together. Stitch around the perimeter of the stocking, starting and stopping on the lining, and leaving an opening for turning. Clip the seam allowance along the curves to reduce bulk and bunching of the materials. Turn the stocking right side out and stitch the opening closed.

    Refashioned Christmas Stocking
  9. Add a length of ribbon, fabric, or other material to the top of the stocking to use for hanging it. Embellish the stocking as desired.

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