How to Make an Easy, No-Sew DIY Sweater Christmas Stocking

by Janel
6 Materials
10 Minutes

It is time to revamp your old holiday sweater with this DIY sweater Christmas stocking! This handmade stocking is super easy to make. It’s time to decorate that fireplace!

Tools and materials:

  • Old sweater
  • Yarn
  • Hot glue gun
  • Scissors
  • Chalk
  • Pins
Drawing the shape of the stocking

1. Create the outline

Outline your desired shape of the stocking on an old sweater using chalk.

Pinning the layers of the sweater together

2. Pin together

Pin the two layers of the sweater together so that it holds in place while you cut.

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3. Cut it out

Cut out the stocking, leaving an inch more than the chalk lines you sketched out earlier, for seam allowance.

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4. Flip

Flip the fabric pieces so that the right sides are facing together. 

Gluing the sides of the stocking together

5. Glue together

Hot glue around the inner edges where it would normally be sewn together. You can sew this together instead of using hot glue if you would like. 

Let it dry, then flip the stocking right sides out.

Making pompoms for the DIY stocking

6. Make the pompoms

Wrap thick yarn around two fingers until it is thick enough to make a puffball. 

Tying a a knot around the yarn

Slide the ball off your fingers, and use another piece of yarn to tie a knot around the ball you have just created.

Make sure to leave the long piece of yarn attached after tying the knot, for later.

Cutting the loops of the pompom open

Cut all the loops open using a pair of scissors.

DIY pompoms for the DIY stocking

Trim and shape your pompom as you would like. 

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Gluing the pompoms to the DIY stocking

7. Attach the pompoms

Using the long piece of yarn that you left earlier, tie your pompoms together and attach them to the stocking using hot glue. 

Trim off the excess edges.

Braiding yarn to create a hanging loop

8. Prepare the rope

To hang your stocking, braid three pieces of yarn together and knot the end. 

Making a handmade DIY Christmas stocking

DIY sweater Christmas stockings

9. Attach and hang

Hot glue the braid to the inside top of your stocking, then hang it over the fireplace for Santa to fill with goodies!

DIY sweater Christmas stocking

DIY sweater Christmas stocking tutorial

There you have it, your very own homemade stocking! This DIY Christmas stocking looks so good that no one will think you made it! Hang it by your fireplace and fill it with treats.

Let me know in the comments below how yours turns out. Happy Holiday

Suggested materials:
  • Old sweater
  • Yarn
  • Hot glue gun
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  • Sandy Doyle Sandy Doyle on Dec 13, 2021

    Using just the sleeves alone, up into the bend of the shoulder, can also make a pair of (matched) stockings.

    Fold down the "Cuff" and add faux fur.