Creating your own personalised presents at Christmas is always so much fun. That is why this Easy Christmas Stocking is brilliant for adding a personal touch to present giving. I chose a bear based on one Chris and I made at Build a Bear on one of our first dates. It’s these extra details that make gifts extra special. This DIY will set you up to make you own so you can also surprise someone you love on Christmas morning. My video shows you how it is done in under 5 minutes.
Easy Christmas Stocking
This video will show you how the steps on how to make it:
– Red Felt
– Fabric for the top trim
– Fabrics to make the bear (or whatever decor you want, a snowman or penguin are quite cute options).
– Fabric for the bow
– Sewing Machine
– Fabric Glue
– Fabric Paint (for bears mouth and name)
– Needle & thread
– PomPom trim
1. Draw a stocking shape on the red felt and cut it out, do this folded so you end up with 2 identical shapes. Mine measured about 15 inches wide at the top.
2. Cut 2 strips of fabric, I used a brown corduroy for the trim at the top. Make these the same width as the top of the stocking and the length of mine was about 6 inches.
3. Draw your bear shape on fluffy fabric and cut out, I then trimmed the black pen edges that were left and tidied it up. Then cutting the face shapes like the eyes and mouth, as well as a bow.
4. Cut enough ribbon to make a bow for the centre top, and then another piece for a side loop for hanging.
5. Using the fabric glue, stick together the sections of the bears face.
Time to Sew
6. Sew together the red stocking pieces, leaving the top open.
7. Sew the small sides of the brown trim together, so you end up with one looped piece of fabric.
8. Place the brown trim loop over the top of the stocking as shown, and stitch around the edge.
9. Trim cuts into the round edge of the stocking, this will help keep a neat and clean shape when turning the right way round.
10. Turn the stocking the right way and then the brown trim.
11. Sew pompom ribbon around the bottom of the brown trim. (You can also sew on lace which is easier and less fiddly to do).
12. Gather the yellow fabric in the middle to make the bow, do this by pushing it through the sewing machine a few times to make a gather.
13. Glue a small piece to conceal the stitching, making it look more like a bow.
14. Using the glue again, glue the bear to the centre of the stocking front. (I actually also hand stitched around the edge not shown in the clip).
15. Glue or hand sew on the bow and loop.
16. Pick up any left over fluff with some sticky tape to tidy it up!
I hope you enjoyed this DIY, it was so much fun to make. Let me know what you think in the comments and hashtag #PaigeJoannaDIY if you make it.