Holiday Sewing: Hand-Printed Burlap Christmas Stockings!

Hello and Merry Christmas Season, everyone! I’m usually not a very Christmas-y crafter, meaning I like to make gifts at Christmas, but not things that are specifically red-and-green themed. This year I decided to change that and actually make some decorations, which is perfect because I also get to participate in the Holiday Sewing Tour hosted by Jamie of Scattered Thoughts of a Crafty Mom. Her site is filled with all kinds of holiday-sewing-and-crafting-goodness right now, so if you’re a procrastinator (like me!) and haven’t started making any Christmas decorations, this is the series for you.

The really great news, is that Jamie is hosting a BIG GIANT SERGER GIVEAWAY to celebrate all this holiday sewing! Don’t miss your chance to enter HERE. The giveaway will close on December 20th, so don’t delay!

So… back to holiday sewing! Today I’m sharing the instructions for my hand-printed burlap stockings,  which are a great project for you and your kids to do together. Abby and Stryder had a lot of fun printing paper (and everything else) while I stamped stockings, and I’m still finding little handprints in black paint around the kitchen. Good thing the paint washed off!

As you can see, the stockings currently hang by our chimney with care, awaiting little goodies and eager little hands. I hope you enjoy the project and get a chance to make something fun with your littles this season!

You’ll find some of my favorite things in this project: colored burlap, gold paint, leather loops, and hand-stamped designs. That’s a pretty good crafting trio, in my opinion!

OK, let’s get stared! To make your own Hand-Printed Burlap Stocking, you will need the following:


  • Two pieces of burlap
  • Acrylic or fabric paint
  • Carrots and erasers
  • Sewing machine and thread OR hand-sewing needle and embroidery thread
  • Two pieces of faux fur
  • Leather cord for the loop
STEP ONE: Cut the burlap and faux fur.
CLICK HERE to download my free stocking template. Using the template, cut out two pieces of burlap. With the top of the template as your guide, cut a piece of fur to cover the top two inches of the stocking. This should result in a piece approximately 2″ by 6″. 
STEP TWO: Hand-print the burlap.
Gather your burlap, paint, carrots and erasers and find a flat, open surface where you can do the hand-printing. Make sure you have something under each piece of burlap before you apply the paint, because the paint will easily seep through. I used sheets of construction paper because I always have some on hand for the kids. 

For the circles, cut a carrot in half so you have a flat, round surface for printing. Squirt some paint onto a plate or disposable lid and dip the carrot piece in the paint until it is fully coated. Practice printing circles with the carrot a few times before printing on your stocking pieces. Since burlap is so textured, I had to stamp each circle two times to get the coverage I was looking for. 
To make triangles, cut your eraser so that it looks like the one in this post about hand-printing with a rubber eraser stamp. Once your eraser is cut, it’s simply a matter of coating it in paint and stamping random triangles all over the burlap! The designs in black you see above were made using a stencil and a sponge (left) and my triangle eraser stamp (right).
To create the pattern on the stocking below, I printed a row of black triangles and below them a mirrored set of silver ones. I really like the effect; it kind of makes it look like a knit stocking, don’t you think? My oldest son loved it at first sight. 
Once your burlap pieces have been printed, set them aside to dry (on a piece of paper or other protective surface). This should only take about 15-20 minutes, but it will depend on the thickness of your paint. 
STEP THREE: Attach the fur.
I used the cheater method for this step. Instead of sewing the fur to the burlap on my machine, I simply glued them together using Tacky Glue. I always have this stuff on hand and it’s just so convenient! If you don’t want to use glue, pin the fur to the top of each burlap piece and stitch along the bottom edge with a zig zag stitch. I’m sure it will look great and if I see a picture of your beautifully stitched burlap stocking, I’ll feel jealous and wish I’d used thread instead of glue. 
If you do use glue like me, be sure to let it completely dry before moving on to the next step. I let mine sit over night because my sewing machine is in the next step and I didn’t want any sticky residue making it’s way into the workings of my precious baby. 
STEP FOUR: Sew the stocking pieces together.
By now you should have front and back pieces of the burlap stocking, both hand-printed and with fur along the top. Make sure everything is dry and then pin your pieces together. Don’t worry about the frayed edges! Pin the edges of both pieces as closely together as possible. You can trim away the excess fraying after you’re done sewing. 
At your sewing machine, use a zig zag stitch or a blanket stitch to sew the pieces together. I used a blanket stitch, but I think a zig zag would have been really nice too (and easier). Starting below the fur, stitch around the outside of the stocking with matching or contrasting thread. Stop right before you come to the fur again. Trim away any excess frayed fibers.
Cut a piece of leather cord approximately 3″ long and fold it in half. Insert the cut ends into the stocking on the right side and pin. 

Change the thread on your machine to match the fur. Using a zig zag stitch, sew the furry side seams together. Your leather loop will now be secured in the stocking’s side seam. Repeat for the left side. 
Tada, your burlap stocking is complete! 

I hope this gives you something fun to do with your kids as Christmas approaches! In the mean time check out these adorable felt gift bags made by Leigh Laurel Studios:

Tomorrow, Shannon from Little Kids Grow will be sharing these adorable Christmas Wrap Skirts, so be sure to head over and follow her blog now so you don’t miss it:

I also encourage you to check out the rest of the Holiday Sewing Blog Tour by clicking the photo below. Don’t forget to enter the BIG GIANT SERGER GIVEAWAY, too! Jamie will announce the winner on December 21st. She’s also opening a Holiday Sewing link party that day, so be sure to enter your projects and browse the party for more inspiration.

Have a great day you guys, and I’ll see you back here in a couple of days!