Last Updated: Oct 9, 2018
There’s nothing like Christmas decorations to make you feel like it’s finally the most wonderful time of the year—and no Christmas decor is complete until stockings are hung by the chimney with care. Making homemade Christmas stockings is a great way to personalize this special tradition, especially if you don’t already have vintage Christmas stockings, and we’ve gathered 22 Christmas stocking ideas and tutorials to inspire you to do just that. These ideas range from classic to quirky, so there’s something for everyone (even the pets when you add these cute dog Christmas stockings and cat Christmas stockings).
The best part of all? None of these DIY Christmas stockings require a sewing machine, so whichever one you pick will make for a fun and completely doable craft. Repurpose old sweaters, add some fun pom poms and personalize with your family’s first names. These tutorials will walk you through creating your stockings with ease, or you can simply design a personalized christmas stocking online—complete with family photos—for truly one-of-a-kind decor!
1. Just Five Steps
Fabric, ribbon, scissors and a glue gun are all you need to follow this no-sew Christmas stocking tutorial. You’ll go from a pile of material to a finished stocking in just five steps, so there’s no reason to shy away from a homemade stocking this Christmas season.
2. DIY Monogram
Monogramming can be a bit pricey, especially when you’re talking about personalizing more than one stocking. Save money without missing out on that personal touch with a little help from this DIY monogrammed stocking tutorial.
3. Quirky Christmas Stockings
If you’re one to venture off the beaten path of holiday decor, then this project is for you. Make your stocking stand out on the mantle by creating a fruit-themed stocking that will take minimal effort, time and money. Stay on theme by stuffing it full of fruit for your finishing touch.
4. Crafting Hour Brings Christmas Flowers
Who says florals are just for spring? This Christmas stocking tutorial guides you through crafting beautiful stockings complete with winter flowers. Beads and sequins create a festive sparkle that will delight you and your guests alike.
5. Fun with Fonts
Do you have an eye for design and a favorite font? In this reverse appliqué tutorial, you’ll learn how to personalize your stocking with your name in your favorite font—no sewing machine required! Add your applique to a simple stocking for a clean, modern look.
6. Learn to Crochet
The holidays are a great time to learn how to crochet. You can make everything from scarves and mittens for personalized gifts to this beautiful crochet stocking. If you’ve never crocheted before, don’t fear. There are tutorials for every level to guide you through this fun and beautiful project.
7. A Family Affair
Get your kids in on the fun with this felt stocking tutorial. The steps are easy enough for the whole family to follow, yet the final outcome is every bit as beautiful as a store-bought stocking. Be prepared for grandparents to want one, too!
8. Hand Stitched Stockings
Hand stitching has been around for many generations, and don’t expect it to fade from style anytime soon. This hand stitched stocking tutorial will guide you through creating a timeless stocking your family will treasure for years to come.
9. Elf On The Mantel
If your kids love waking up to find their mischievous little elf throughout December, they’ll also be delighted by this whimsical stocking design. Elf feet stockings are perfect for hanging on the mantle and hiding your family’s little friend throughout the holidays.
10. An Elegant Pom Pom Trim
For an elegant spin on the classic Christmas stocking, add a simply sweet pom pom trim to a neutral stocking. This design makes for the perfect complement to softly glowing candles or Christmas lights and bright evergreen accents.
11. Vintage Designs Made Easy
Vintage stockings are timeless crowd-pleasers, but they often require some mastery of hand-stitching or sewing. Fortunately, this vintage stocking tutorial is a welcome exception and requires nothing but glue and a little creativity to pull off.
12. Fun with Felt
Your Christmas stocking design is limited only by your imagination with this DIY felt stocking tutorial. From festive ornaments to branches of holly, look around you for inspiration, then create a stocking that’s completely unique to you.
13. Build A Snowman
Are you dreaming of a white Christmas? Whether or not snow is in your city’s forecast, you can always build a snowman with this adorable snowman stocking tutorial. This cute design never melts, so you’ll enjoy it for many holiday seasons to come.
14. A Touch of Velvet
Velvet in a rich, Christmas-inspired red or green is warm, classy and perfect for the holiday season. Follow this velvet cuff tutorial to add this touch to your own holiday stocking, then attach some fluffy white poms for a bit of whimsy.
15. In the Spirit of Quilting
While traditional quilting may be a time-consuming activity, this DIY stocking is surprisingly simple. Follow this strip pieced Christmas stocking tutorial to create a classic and intricate quilted design in no time.
16. Stripe It
Candy cane-inspired stripes provide a traditional and cheery air to any Christmas decor. Learn to make this ticking stripe stocking as a beautiful accent to your very own winter wonderland. Hook a candy cane to the cuff for a sweet final touch.
17. Easy Accents
If you want a personalized stocking but aren’t ready to brave a monogramming tutorial, this easy accent is for you. These glitter letters are simple to make and attach to any Christmas stocking. Choose your favorite glitter and a letter based on your first name, last name or both to make a stocking uniquely yours.
18. Cut and Paste
Be prepared—friends and family will be asking where you learned to sew once you hang these stockings on your mantle. They’ll never believe you followed a simple cut and paste stocking tutorial to get such a cute personalized design!
19. Small Treasures
Are you giving out gift cards or candy as Christmas gifts this year? Dress them up with these DIY miniature stockings for some added pizazz. These are perfect for teachers, friends and family, and the tutorial makes it easy to create several at once.
20. On Trend
Get inspired by modern trends when you tap into your creative side and follow this elf stocking tutorial. From fashionable pom poms to lovely pastels, your homemade stocking can incorporate all of your favorite design trends this holiday season.
21. Tassel Pom Stocking
Why choose between tassels and pom poms when you can add both to your homemade Christmas stocking? This tassel pom tutorial is delightfully simple, and the final look is the perfect accent to an easy-to-make felt stocking.
22. From Sweater to Stocking
Whether it’s a beloved sweater that no longer fits or an offbeat gift from a distant relative, odds are you have an old Christmas sweater tucked away in your closet somewhere. Dig it out from its hiding place, then check out this recycled sweater stocking tutorial to create a special stocking you can enjoy for years to come.
As you can see, there are many ways to DIY your stockings using simple items you have at home. Once you are done creating your own, fill them up with cute and small stocking stuffers or throw in a sweet Christmas ornament for you loved ones.
Additional Christmas Stocking Resources
If you liked these ideas and you’re interested in additional stocking ideas, make sure to check out our collections of coastal Christmas stockings, classic Christmas stockings, and pet Christmas stockings.