How to make a Christmas stocking, free stocking template

I love making the most of my fabric scraps and old jeans, these sashiko denim Christmas stockings capitalize on these passions. Find your red fabric scraps, embroidery floss and an unrepairable of jeans, all set?! 

Personally I love working with old jeans, it’s a fabric that is readily available – regularly ask friends and family for old pairs, or visit your local thrift store (charity shop). Here in the UK they have rag bags of clothes they are not able to sell which you may be able to have a look through. I have over 30 tutorials for how to use your old jeans!


If you are wondering what I mean by Sashiko – the term Sashiko stems from Japan, it is the art of repairing clothes using fabric scraps and running stitch to carry out visible repairs. These stockings make the most of fabric scraps to decorate your stocking and are heavily influenced by this Japanese technique.  

If you love sashiko inspire projects check out my:-

If your mind is firmly focussed on crafting for Christmas ( I know mine is!) then check out mini denim stocking advent calendar, or for a much bigger denim advent check out the tutorial for a denim pocket advent calendar. Plus check out many more Christmas tutorials.


How to make a sashiko denim Christmas stocking

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        • Old pair of jeans
        • Red fabric scraps
        • Embroidery Floss
        • Scissors and needle
        • Ribbon
        • Sewing machine
        • Stocking Template

This finished DIY Christmas stocking measures 13 1/2 by 8″. 

Start by printing the stocking pattern – download it here. Tape together the pattern pieces, if you are not familiar with taping together PDF patterns check out my video here.


For each stocking, you wish to make cut two pieces of fabric, mirror images of each other.


Have fun cutting out pieces of red patterned fabric and laying across the top of the stocking.


With embroidery floss stitch running stitch to secure the pieces in place.



If you like to emphasize the toe and heel add further fabric and hand stitch in place.


Denim fabrics fray easily, before we sew the stocking together let’s hem the raw edges. I have overlocked the edges, if you don’t have an overlocker you can zigzag the edges.

If you like adding tassles, cut a lot thread the same length, fold in half and wrap a thread around.

Create a hanging loop from ribbon, place so the loop is facing inwards in the denim.


Place the fabric right sides together, machine stitch around your stocking, leaving the top open.


Turn right side out, fold in the raw top edge and hand stitch with tiny stitches to secure in place.



Now you have made your stocking its time to make stocking stuffers – check out these fabulous 25 + DIY stocking Stuffer tutorials.

How to make a Christmas Stocking

How to make a Christmas Stocking

Use your old jeans and fabric scraps to make a stunning sashiko inspired stocking

Prep Time 30 minutes
Active Time 3 hours
Total Time 3 hours 30 minutes
Difficulty easy



  • Scissors
  • Sewing Machine
  • Needle


  1. Print the stocking template.
  2. Cut out two denim stockings, mirror images of each other.
  3. Use red fabric scraps to create a patchwork effect cuff.
  4. Cut out red fabric to create the heel and toe.
  5. Using a running stitch and embroidery floss secure the red fabric in place
  6. Either zigzag or overlock all the edges of the stocking
  7. Make a tassel and hanging loop
  8. Place the tassel and hanging loop 5/8" down from the top of the back seam of the stocking, with edges of hanging loops facing outwards.
  9. Machine stitch around the sides and bottom.
  10. Turn over the top edge of the stocking
  11. Hand stitch to secure in place.
  12. Turn your stocking out and admire your handiwork!

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