Do you hang stockings? Whether you have a mantel and you add them for that old fashioned Christmas feel or you just use hangers to hold those Christmas socks to fill with candy and toys, buying stockings every year can get expensive. I know people who use the same stockings over and over every year and if they’re good quality then that’s great. But what happens when you lose on or you have one that wears out. Or in my case (and many other cases I assume) what about when you need to add new stockings every year for new babies or new in-laws that you add to your family? Those things can get expensive if you have to buy them every year.
A better way is to just make your own stockings. And, homemade stockings are so much more appealing than anything you can buy in the store, right? Homemade everything is always a great alternative to store bought. I do as many DIY things as I can throughout the holidays because let’s face it, I’m not made of money. I love to save money and still give my family a wonderful old fashioned Christmas experience. Have you seen these 25 DIY pinecone crafts? That’s proof that you really can decorate like a pro and save money doing it.
You can do so many homemade things for Christmas and give your family a wonderful holiday, and save money at the same time. I’m a huge fan of homemade stockings. They’re just so cheap and easy to make and they give your Christmas decorating such a welcoming feel. Whether you need new stockings and want to save money or you just feel like adding a bit of homemade decor to your home this holiday, these 35 DIY stockings are perfect. And, if you really want to add some DIY to your decorating, be sure to take a look at these DIY farmhouse inspired Christmas decorations that you can make in a jiffy.
1. Easy 10 Minute DIY Stocking
These adorable little stockings can be made with just a half a yard of two different fabrics and about 10 minutes of your time. You’ll need fleece or faux fur for the inside and the lining and a ribbon to create the hanger. Overall, these are probably the easiest stockings you will ever DIY and the quality is amazing. Plus, you can customize them by using whatever fabric you like.
2. Cheap DIY Anthropologie Inspired Christmas Stockings
If you’re looking for something a bit more traditional and old fashioned, these Anthropologie inspired stockings are perfect. The sweater material is so warm and cozy looking and these are great for that farmhouse Christmas that you may be decorating for. They’re also pretty easy to make and much cheaper than paying about $40 for one from Anthropologie. DIY Anthropologie knockoffs are so great!
3. Adorable DIY Cactus Stocking
How cute are these cactus stockings? They’re perfect for those of you who live in Arizona or other places that are acquainted with cacti or if you’re just trying to add more warmth to your Christmas decorating this year. These are so easy to make and you add the cactus décor with embroidery floss – you can use any number of colors for this to match your existing decorations.
4. Monogrammed Christmas Stockings
You can turn any ordinary – or cheap – stocking into something wonderful by just adding monograms, and this is an easy DIY. These little monogram pins are made from wood letters which you can get for about $1 each at any craft store or the Dollar Store. You just paint the letters your chosen color and then attach them to adhesive backed safety pins for adding to your stockings.
5. Old Fashioned Patchwork Stockings
I love the old fashioned look of these patchwork stockings, and they are much easier to make than you may think. You can use fat quarters to make them and really give them a patchwork look. Just choose fabrics in Christmas colors and by all means, mix and match to make each stocking look unique. These are perfect if you are planning a down home country Christmas.
6. Cute DIY Stocking With Ruffled Cuff
Adding a ruffled cuff to your homemade stockings is really easy and gives them such a wonderfully decorative look. I love these ruffled cuff stockings that are done in a Christmas pattern with loads of color and fun designs. You could do these in any design and color that you want and then add the ruffle with your sewing machine. Embroidery thread can also be used to personalize each one with a name.
7. DIY Christmas Tree Stockings
How adorable are these little stockings that are embellished with tiny Christmas trees? This is such a neat rustic look, especially if you make your stockings out of burlap. If you are planning to add DIY farmhouse Christmas décor to your home this holiday season, these are the perfect stockings to make. The little trees are cut from felt and are super easy to glue or sew onto your stockings.
8. Classic Cuffed DIY Stockings
Add a classic look to your decorating with these easy to make DIY stockings. The colors are what really sets these apart, although you can do them in any color or design of your choosing. The cuffs give them a great old fashioned look and they’re really easy to sew together.
9. DIY Coffee Bag Stocking
Here’s a great idea for a rustic stocking. These coffee bag stockings are super easy to make and they are absolutely gorgeous. Take those old coffee bags and sew them into these adorable stockings, adding ribbon and patterned paper for extra embellishment. I love these hanging over the fireplace but you can put them anywhere if you don’t have a fireplace. And, they’re the perfect stocking for a rustic country Christmas.
10. Homemade Santa Applique Stockings
You can make these adorable stockings from felt and then add your own DIY Santa applique to really dress them up for the holidays. You use embroidery stitching to add the decorations and even though these are pretty detailed, they’re also pretty easy to make. They might take you a day or so per stocking so if you need more than one, I would get to work on these pretty quickly.
11. Easy No Sew Denim Stockings
Not only are these denim stockings great for your Christmas decorating, they’re also super easy because there is no sewing involved. You can use sewing or stitching glue to hold these together and they’re really adorable. This is a great way to upcycle denim, too if you have some on hand. You can repurpose old flannel shirts to add patches and really give these a nice rustic look.
12. Easy To Make Fabric Stockings
You can make these DIY stockings from patterned fabric and a bit of upholstery webbing. They’re super easy and really adorable when they’re finished. Use the same color of fabric for all of them or mix and match to make your stockings a bit more colorful and fun. However you do them, these are among the easiest fabric stockings you could make this year.
13. Adorable DIY Elf Christmas Stockings
These little elf stockings come complete with a pointed toe and they are so adorable. They’re pretty easy to make, too. Pom poms on the cuff and a tiny little jingle bell on the toes give them such a great Christmas elf look. Do these in bright colors to really look like little elf stockings and fill your home with fun whimsical Christmas decorations.
14. Simple Felt Pinwheel Stockings
Felt is a wonderful material for making stockings. In fact, most of the stockings that you can buy in stores are made from felt. These pinwheel stockings are also made of felt and they are super adorable. You’ll need felt in ivory and a bit in green and blue to create the toes and heels. Other than that, you just need embroidery floss to sew them together and iron on fusible webbing to make them sturdy.
15. DIY Felt Tassel Stockings
Tassels and pom poms make these little stockings so cute and these are really easy to put together. These are so easy to personalize and the embellishments really make them stand out. Do these stockings in whatever colors you need to match your existing décor. They’re made from sewn together felt and the tassels and pom poms are made from yarn.
16. Poinsettia Appliqued Stockings
I’ve seen these poinsettia stockings in department stores and they are much more expensive to buy than they are to make. You can do these with any fabric that you want and then add the appliques and other embellishments. Gold or red ribbon and tiny little jingle bells dress them up quite nicely.
17. Embellished Knit Stocking
Buy a cheap knit or felt stocking and then dress it up and make it special with all sorts of craft supplies. Things like faux feathers, pom poms, sequins and ribbon are perfect for creating your own one of a kind stocking and those craft supplies are really cheap. You can turn an otherwise cheap looking stocking into something that looks like it came right out of a department store.
18. Easy DIY Frozen Stockings
Frozen was such a bit hit last Christmas and it looks like its popularity hasn’t waned any. If you want to decorate in true Frozen style this Christmas, these DIY Frozen stockings are a must. They are really easy to put together and your little ones will absolutely adore them. Note the sheer “dress” of the blue one. Isn’t it the most adorable thing you have ever seen?
19. Burlap And Fleece Polka Dot Stockings
I love anything made with burlap. Seriously, DIY burlap projects are the best, especially for getting that rustic look throughout your home. These burlap and fleece Christmas stockings will certainly give you
that, and they are decorated with felt polka dots, which gives them a nice whimsical look. You just create your stockings and then cut out dots from felt and glue it on. Simple!
20. Fast And Easy Whimsical Stocking
A few types of material in different designs is basically all you need to create these little whimsical stockings that honestly look like they belong in Whoville. Just grab some mismatched material in different designs and use one design for the stocking base and another for the cuff. You just cut out your stocking pattern – which you can totally draw yourself – and then sew the pieces together.
21. DIY Glittery Stocking
Burlap stockings are perfect for creating a rustic Christmas and these are embellished with gorgeous glittery letters to personalize them. Just create your stockings from burlap and then make the letters with wooden letters and some glitter paint. Or, you could use regular acrylic paint in whatever color you want and then add the glitter while the paint is still wet. These are super easy and are so perfect for that country Christmas look.
22. Homemade Jingle Bell Stockings
Decorating stocking with jingle bells is both fun and a great way to add some tradition to your Christmas décor. And, these are really easy to do. You cut the stockings out of felt and then glue or sew them together. Then choose your pattern and apply your tiny little jingle bells by sewing them in place. You can get packages of bells at any craft store and they are really inexpensive.
23. Easy Last Minute Stocking Idea
Did you forget to make the stockings? That’s ok because these stockings can be done at the very last minute. These only take 15 minutes for each stocking and that is including the lining. You could even add decorative ribbons and bells or other embellishments and still finish each one in under half an hour.
24. DIY Retro Christmas Stockings
These retro stockings are really colorful and so wonderfully vintage looking. If you are decorating your home this Christmas to adhere to that musical 1950s look, these are perfect and they’re pretty easy to make. I love the old time ornaments that adorn them, which you make from felt and glass seed beads. They’re great for a quick and easy DIY stocking and one that adds loads of color to your decorating.
25. No Sew Vintage Christmas Stockings
If you prefer something that you don’t have to sew, these vintage stockings are great. You make them from any fabric that you like – burlap or canvas looks really vintage, by the way. Instead of sewing them, you use sewing glue to keep them in place and you can even create a little cuff by simply folding down the edges before you glue them into place. Add burlap roses or any number of other vintage decorations to them before you hang. I love good no sew DIY projects.
26. Drop Cloth Stockings
You really can make stockings out of any type of fabric, even drop cloths. I love these easy to make DIY drop cloth stockings. Aside from being easy to make, they’re also pretty cheap and can be decorated in any number of ways. I really like the names on the fronts which you can do with acrylic paints or cut your lettering out of felt and then just glue it into place.
27. Easy DIY Pinecone Stockings
Add some winter wonderland to your stockings with homemade pinecones. You can do this to store bought stockings or make your own out of burlap or canvas. You need wool felt to create the pinecones and their leaves and you can even add in some holly berries for color. These are super easy to make and really have a nice old fashioned look to them, don’t you think?
28. Easy No Sew Plaid Stockings
Plaid is a really great material for creating Christmas décor, especially if you’re going for the rustic look. These no sew plaid stockings are super simple to make and they only take about five minutes for each one. Plus, you can make these for less than $10 each, which is much cheaper than what you would pay for them in a department store. You just start with a homemade or really cheap store bought stocking and dress it up with a bit of plaid material.
29. Hand Crocheted Polka Dot Stockings
Get out those crochet hooks and let’s make these adorable polka dot stockings! I love a good crochet project for when the weather turns cold and these are simple and fast to work up. You have plenty of time to create several of them before Christmas decorating time, and you can do them in whatever colors of yarn you have on hand or anything you want to match your current decorations.
30. Quick And Easy Knit Stockings
Get out those knitting needles and make these adorably rustic stockings. These are super simple and don’t require you do know any complicated stitches. If you love to knit, here is your chance to make the most adorable stockings and you have plenty of time before Christmas to get them done. Note that the pattern uses an afterthought heel but it’s really easy and won’t take you long at all to complete.
31. DIY Stenciled Stockings
Give an otherwise boring stocking a complete makeover with a few stencils. I love the designs on these, although you could do something other than a reindeer. You can make these from drop cloths, burlap or any other plain material and you just have to lay down your stencil and fill it in with fabric paint. Add faux fur or another fluffy material to the cuff and heel area to really make these stand out.
32. Upcycled Sweater Stockings
There are a number of upcycled sweater projects that you could make, and these stockings should definitely be one of those. These are really easy and if you use a large enough sweater, you literally just have to cut out the sleeves. You can use the remainder of the sweater for any number of other projects. These little stockings are so warm and cuddly looking and so very easy to sew together.
33. Woven Burlap Stockings
I love the look of these woven burlap stockings. You make them using a weave pattern that gives them such a unique appearance. You’ll need to cut your burlap into long strips which you will then weave into a square. Don’t be afraid of this one – it’s much easier than it looks and it gives you a wonderfully rustic stocking when you’re finished.
34. DIY Tinsel Typography Stockings
Create these lovely stockings with cheap felt stockings that you can get at the Dollar Tree (or make them yourself). You add tinsel to them to embellish them, along with anything else you want like tassels or jingle bells. These are really easy and won’t take you long at all to finish. The tinsel look is great for vintage Christmas décor and these fit in beautifully.
35. Easy Upcycled Christmas Stocking
These stockings can be made from upcycling clothing and they’re adorable. If you have some kids’ clothes from Christmases past that you don’t need any longer, use them to make your own DIY stockings this year. You can make two stockings from a pair of pants and all you have to do is measure out your material and cut it into the shape of a stocking and then sew together on your sewing machine.