Introduction

Stockings vs. Tote Bags

Adding a few holiday touches to a blank canvas tote bag is the perfect way to create an easy, grab and go Christmas morning tote bag that can be filled to the brim with stocking stuffer goodies. 

Step 1

DIY Christmas Stocking Tote

DIY Christmas Stocking Tote

Stockings hung by the chimney with care might be a Christmas tradition, but that doesn’t make it any easier to fill them. If fitting oddly-sized stocking stuffers into too-tight stockings leaves you fuming, try a Christmas tote instead!

Gather Blank Tote Bags

You can find tote bags at many home goods retailers, craft stores, etc. These are the small version of the original LL Bean tote bag, which can be found in stores or online.

Step 2

DIY Christmas Stocking Tote

DIY Christmas Stocking Tote

Stockings hung by the chimney with care might be a Christmas tradition, but that doesn’t make it any easier to fill them. If fitting oddly-sized stocking stuffers into too-tight stockings leaves you fuming, try a Christmas tote instead!

Bag #1: The Holiday Paint Treatment

Holiday stencils, craft paint and a sponge-tipped pouncer impart some holiday cheer onto blank canvas. Dip the pouncer in paint, dab some off, and then gently press over the stencil. 

Pro Tip

Tape the stencil in place so that it’s easier to hold it in place and produce clean lines. 

Step 3

DIY Christmas Stocking Tote

DIY Christmas Stocking Tote

Stockings hung by the chimney with care might be a Christmas tradition, but that doesn’t make it any easier to fill them. If fitting oddly-sized stocking stuffers into too-tight stockings leaves you fuming, try a Christmas tote instead!

Pause For Wet Paint

Allow the paint to dry fully before moving on to any further painting in the same area. 

Step 4

DIY Christmas Stocking Tote

DIY Christmas Stocking Tote

Stockings hung by the chimney with care might be a Christmas tradition, but that doesn’t make it any easier to fill them. If fitting oddly-sized stocking stuffers into too-tight stockings leaves you fuming, try a Christmas tote instead!

Letter With Stencils

To stencil lettering, either use the pouncer again, or for very crisp lines, trace the stencil in pencil. 

Pro Tip

Use a strip of painter’s tape to ensure that all of the letters are level. 

Step 5

DIY Christmas Stocking Tote

DIY Christmas Stocking Tote

Stockings hung by the chimney with care might be a Christmas tradition, but that doesn’t make it any easier to fill them. If fitting oddly-sized stocking stuffers into too-tight stockings leaves you fuming, try a Christmas tote instead!

Fill In Lettering

Once the lettering is traced, use a small, flat tipped paint brush to fill in the pencil outlines. 

Step 6

DIY Christmas Stocking Tote

DIY Christmas Stocking Tote

Stockings hung by the chimney with care might be a Christmas tradition, but that doesn’t make it any easier to fill them. If fitting oddly-sized stocking stuffers into too-tight stockings leaves you fuming, try a Christmas tote instead!

Bag #2: Transformed With Felt Garlands

Not interested in paint? An even quicker and easier decorating trick is to take felt garlands to use as decorative elements. 

Step 7

DIY Christmas Stocking Tote

DIY Christmas Stocking Tote

Stockings hung by the chimney with care might be a Christmas tradition, but that doesn’t make it any easier to fill them. If fitting oddly-sized stocking stuffers into too-tight stockings leaves you fuming, try a Christmas tote instead!

Trim Felt Garland Into Sections

Measure the felt garlands into properly sized sections for the tote bag. 

Step 8

DIY Christmas Stocking Tote

DIY Christmas Stocking Tote

Stockings hung by the chimney with care might be a Christmas tradition, but that doesn’t make it any easier to fill them. If fitting oddly-sized stocking stuffers into too-tight stockings leaves you fuming, try a Christmas tote instead!

Affix The Felt Garlands To Tote

Hot glue the felt garland sections to the tote bag. 

Step 9

DIY Christmas Stocking Tote

DIY Christmas Stocking Tote

Stockings hung by the chimney with care might be a Christmas tradition, but that doesn’t make it any easier to fill them. If fitting oddly-sized stocking stuffers into too-tight stockings leaves you fuming, try a Christmas tote instead!

Add Lettering

Once the felt garland sections are affixed, add the owner’s name using paint or felt letters. 

Step 10

DIY Christmas Stocking Tote

DIY Christmas Stocking Tote

Stockings hung by the chimney with care might be a Christmas tradition, but that doesn’t make it any easier to fill them. If fitting oddly-sized stocking stuffers into too-tight stockings leaves you fuming, try a Christmas tote instead!

Bag #3: Silver, Snowflakes, And Bells

For a less “red, green, and Christmas all over” look, create a snowflakes, silver, and bells motif using the same holiday stencils, a little silver paint, and a few holiday bells.

Step 11

Stock The Christmas Tote Bags With Goodies And Cheer!

Arrange the finished totes by the fireplace and rest easy knowing you can fill them on the fly.