This is our first Christmas in our house in Florida. We left all of our Christmas in Utah, so we’ve been starting over with our holiday decor. For the stocking, I thought it would be a fun challenge to try and thrift a stocking and to repurpose it. Here’s my DIY thrift store Christmas stockings.
how to make DIY Thrift Store Christmas Stockings
I’ve been trying to repurpose thrifted items lately. Why? Because it means less items in the landfill, it’s a good challenge, and it saves money! So I grabbed three stockings from the thrift store. I remembered this stocking from Anthropologie. It inspired this project. The fabric on that stocking is fancy, but I figured I could get the same look with the faux fur of a thrifted stocking!
- 1 Yard Woodco Historic Charleston vintage fabric Note- this fabric is only sold in 1 yard quantities. To make three stockings 1/2 of a yard of fabric should be enough.
- 3 Red Christmas Stockings Mine were thrifted for $1 each. During the holidays, this is a common thrift store staple.
- Green Ribbon (I had mine on hand)
Start by flipping the thrifted stocking inside out. Then trace the outside edge with a pencil. The is the stencil you’ll use!
Hint- when making this, it’s BY far easier to buy three identical stockings. In November, all the thrift stores I went to had tons of these! Then I decided on their project in December and had a hard time getting some. So all three are a little different in size. It would have simplified this project to have all three the exact same.
Next, trim a piece of ribbon to the same length as the old loop to hold the stocking up.
Then, use a sewing machine to sew around the edges. Make sure the right sides of the fabric are facing inwards touching each other before sewing.
Flip the fabric right sides out. Stuff the thrifted stocking inside it’s new little pillow, or um, stocking case.
Use the sewing machine to stitch on the new satin ribbon leap.
And now, stitch along the top of the new stocking cover to hold it in place. It’ll fall off and not stay in place with at least a few stitches.
And here are my three pretty stockings!!! I don’t have a mantle, so this view will have to do. But you need stockings for Christmas, so I’m thrilled to have these!
If I was to do this project again, I’d do better at centering the main part of the fabric on the cutest part of the pattern. Stockings are double sided, but one side is meant to be the front. So I’d have three cute fronts and three backs.
This one is my favorite- I love how the floral pattern is centered on the stocking- isn’t it cute!!! I just love that on a budget, I was able to create something custom that’s perfect for my house!
I’ll be honest, halfway through this project, my sewing machine broke and I was tired and cried and cried over my frustration. I’m now a sewing expert, but I am happy with how they turned out.
I’ve been so busy with my kitchen renovation, but I’m so glad that it’s now complete so that I can focus on making some Christmas magic! Like these DIY thrift store Christmas stockings. Are any of you doing last minute projects too?!
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