Upcycling Clothing into Holiday Stockings

  • Difficulty Rating: Intermediate
Upcycling Clothing into Holiday Stockings

Looking to give a second life to some old clothing. Here are a few ideas to get you started.

Stocking made from clothing

1. Tape together 4 sheets of 8.5 x 11 inch paper and draw a stocking pattern or you can print one from online. When using clothing, the pattern is simply placed on top of the article of clothing, pinned in place, and cut out. There is no worry about getting the layers of material facing the right direction.

Recycled clothing

2. Some articles of clothing may need to be altered to make them large enough or flat enough to work with. For example removing the elastic gathering from the waist of the ruffled shirt.

Cutting recycled clothing

3. After cutting out the stocking, remove one of the eyelet cap sleeves from the shirt and used it on the toe of the stocking. It was not only a nice embellishment, but it also tied back in with the top of the stocking.

Working with recycled clothing

4. When working with a vest, use the seam ripper from the Fiskars Sew Taxi to remove the leaves.

5. The steps to this point are simply to choose a pattern, prepare your fabric to make it useable with your pattern, pin the pattern to the fabric and cut it out.

6. Next, use the pattern to cut out 2 pieces for the lining. If you are not using a purchased pattern that includes instructions, the fabric for the lining should be folded so the right sides are together.

Folding cut clothing

7. Pin the outside front of the stocking to one of the lining pieces, right sides together, stitch along the top edge, and press the seam open. Repeat this with the back of the stocking and other lining piece. When placed side by side with the outside panels facing up, you should have 2 stockings with toes that face in opposite directions.

Sewing stocking patterns together

8. Open the 2 stocking panels up and place the right sides together. Stitch around the perimeter of the stocking, starting and stopping on the lining, and leaving an opening for turning. Clip the seam allowance along the curves to reduce bulk and bunching of the materials. Turn the stocking right side out and stitch the opening closed.

completed stockings

Add a length of ribbon, fabric, or other material to the top of the stocking to use for hanging it. Embellish the stocking as desired.

Supply List

Variety of clothing


Material for lining stockings

Pattern for stocking