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Christmas on a Budget – Make Your Own Christmas Stockings

Have you seen the price of Christmas stockings?  Not the plain red ones with a bit of fake fur at the top (our kids had these when they were little) and can be picked up at the dollar store.   I’m talking about the really nice ones.  I’ve seen them priced anywhere from $20 on up.

You can make your own stockings that will last for years and not fall apart after a couple of years of use.   And you can do it for a fraction of the cost of the fancy ones you buy in the big box or department stores.

For example, these stockings that I made for the Stocking Drive run by Lyanna of Purple Panda Quilts cost about $6 each.

Christmas Stockings for donation

A few years ago, I decided it was time to replace our children’s little kid stockings with grown up stockings.  I waited for a really good sale on fashion fabrics and I purchased velvet and satin.

Oldest Daughter's Stocking
Oldest Daughter’s Stocking
Middle daughter's stocking
Middle daughter’s stocking


Youngest Son's Stocking
Youngest Son’s Stocking

I even made two new stockings for Dave and I.

Dave's stocking

My stocking

I know… you may be thinking velvet and satin are not cheap fabrics even on sale.  But the great thing about stockings is that each one takes just a little over ½ yard to make.  And if you’re making several stockings, you can mix and match, using scraps leftover from one stocking to trim another stocking.

For example, for Dave’s granddaughter’s first Christmas I made this stocking out of the scraps leftover from making the stockings I made for her father, mother and big brother a couple of years prior (I would have posted pictures of those stockings but I couldn’t find them in any of my files.)

Dave's granddaughter's stocking

And speaking of scraps, the stocking that I made for the 2011 Stocking Giveaway (link in my sidebar) was made from scraps and batting leftover from other projects.

QAYG Stocking

All of the stockings pictured were made using Butterick pattern #5783.  I’m not sure if it’s still available, but each of the pattern companies will have patterns available (Hancock Fabrics has a sale running right now until the 30th… 99 cents on all McCall’s, Simplicity and Butterick patterns.)

You could also download any one of these patterns (or several others available on-line):

Or you can trace around a stocking you already have.

Once you’d found the basic stocking pattern that you like, print it out and come back Sunday when I’ll be posting the tutorial for how I made that Quilt As You Go (QAYG) stocking in the last photo.


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  • Grandma Coco
    November 26, 2011 10:58 am

    They look like generously sized stockings with room for lots of loot! Very pretty and I’m sure they’ll be well received.

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  • Sandra :)
    November 25, 2011 10:39 pm

    A couple of years ago I did “magic stockings” (layer fabric, batting and linining in the proper order, sew one seam and then turn right sides out – no raw edges inside – just add cuff) for the shelter my niece used to manage – I think I should make a few more this year for the new nieces/nephews/puppers in the family 😀

    • supermom
      November 26, 2011 10:45 am

      I’d never heard of this method of making stockings… so I did a search and found out that it’s a really cool way of putting a stocking together. Here’s a link to the directions for anyone else who might be interested….

      Thanks Sandra!

  • Robin (rsIslandCrafts)
    November 25, 2011 8:35 pm

    Love all the stockings! I’m kind of partial to the kiddie stockings lol. I don’t want to feel all grown up around Christmas anyways 🙂

  • Linda from Wisconsin
    November 25, 2011 3:08 pm

    Great idea! I have the fabric I need and will watch for your directions!

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