21 Ways to Make Christmas Stockings (With Free Downloadable Patterns)

Find simple-sew and no-sew instructions for crafting holiday stockings. Choose from a variety of styles and fun designs, including rustic burlap, lacy ruffles, colorful ombre, wooly fleece and more.

Photo By: Jess Abbott


Photo By: Jess Abbott

Photo By: Jess Abbott

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Pointy Toes

You may have an elf on your shelf, so how about an elf stocking on your mantel? Make it in any color scheme to match your Christmas decor. The fun pointed toes and jingle bells are guaranteed to make the kids smile. Get the instructions and pattern >>

No-Sew Burlap Stocking

No sewing required to make these natural beauties, just some scissors and fabric glue. Get the easy instructions >>

Cuddly Warm Stocking

This is the perfect project for the beginner seamstress. With just a little bit of fleece and some embroidery thread, you can sew up a fleece stocking in no time. Get the instructions and pattern >>

Midcentury Retro

Give a cool, retro vibe to a basic stocking with a '50s-inspired color palette and bold geometric shapes. Get the instructions >> 

Patchwork Denim

Love the look of denim and want to incorporate it into your handmade holidays? Try making this patchwork denim stocking. Download the pattern and easy instructions >>

Recycled Sweater

This project is so simple. Just trace a stocking shape onto a sweater, stitch around the traced lines then cut out your stocking.  Get the rest of the instructions >>

Reused Coffee Bags

For a creative and economical take on the classic stocking, use a colorful coffee bag to give your holiday decor an earthy, handmade touch.

Originally from Upcycle Coffee Bags Into Christmas Stockings

Upcycle a Sweater

Is your favorite sweater too worn or frayed to wear anymore? Turn it into a Christmas stocking. This way you’ll have it for years to come. Get the instructions and pattern >>

Henna-Inspired With Tassels

By using a stencil with gold fabric paint and glittery accents you can create a look that is both sophisticated and bohemian. Download the pattern and get the instructions >>

Classic With a Twist

We made a traditional holiday stocking using red felt and white fur trim, but to give it a little pizzazz, we used a funky polka-dotted fabric. Get the project instructions >>


Use various shades of your favorite color to craft this budget-friendly stocking. Or make stockings for each of your family members in their favorite hues. Get the instructions and pattern >>

Shabby-Chic Ruffles

This pretty stocking is elegant yet still very casual with its layers of gently frayed ruffles. It looks especially charming when contrasted against a natural brick or rustic stone fireplace. Get the instructions and pattern >>

Dip Dye

If you are looking for an easy stocking tutorial, or just a fun way to enhance a plain white stocking, try a little fabric dye. Dip-dying can be also be a fun project to do with kids. Get the instructions and pattern >>

'60s Revival

These boots were made for hanging by the chimney with care. Give a pair of old go-go boots new life by transforming them into unique stockings for your mantel. Get the instructions and pattern >>

Hippie Fringe

Here's another 1960s inspired design, a stocking made with bold fabric and trimmed in a long layer of fringe. Download the pattern and get the easy instruction >>

Ribbons + Feathers

Do you have a pile of ribbons you’ve saving for just the right project? Here it is, a one-of-kind holiday stocking made with ribbon scraps and adorned with a feathers and beads.  Download the pattern and easy instructions >>

Rustic Customization

Use burlap or canvas to create this easy-to-sew stocking. A chalkboard name plate lets you change your mind about who your gift recipient is going to be. Get the instructions and pattern >>

Inspired by Nature

Burlap goes with everything, especially when it's accented with lovely silver polka dots! Trim the top with deep green moss to bring a hint of greenery into your home this Christmas.

Originally from Make Moss-Trimmed Burlap Christmas Stockings

No Time to Sew? Trick Out a Store-Bought Stocking

Here’s a great way to get the kids involved in the holiday decorating: Have them customize their own stocking. Some sticky felt, a few bells, thread and some glue with create treasured creations that will evoke fun memories for years to come. Get the instructions >>


Here is another holiday craft that is perfect to make with kids. Use a store-bought stocking or sew one with our simple pattern then let the kids loose with colorful pompoms and glue. Get the instructions >>

Boho Chic

The perfect marriage of rustic simplicity and Bohemian style combines traditional burlap fabric with brightly colored tassels for a whimsical, homemade look. Get the instructions and pattern >>

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