DIY Drop Cloth Christmas Stocking

This beautiful Christmas stocking was an experiment from the beginning. After seeing a neutral stocking in a holiday magazine I thought I'd try to make one for myself! 

Believe stocking and sherpa trees

The Sherpa Christmas trees were another recent DIY project that were easy to make and used recycled Sherpa.

To begin this project I grabbed some scraps of drop cloth fabric I had laying around. 

drop cloth fabric

I sketched out a long stocking shape onto the drop cloth fabric and cut out 2 stockings. 

stocking traced on fabric

I positioned the stocking so that the seam of the drop cloth fabric was the top of my stocking so it had a finished edge. 

I made my vintage stocking nice and long. 

I drew it a little wider than I wanted it so I would have a seam for gluing.

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Yes, I said gluing! 

I am using Surebonder fabric glue to hot glue my stocking pieces together. 

On the toe and heel of the stocking I added a frayed patch to the stocking with the fabric hot glue. 

You can do this with drop cloth fabric or with a contrasting colored fabric. 

patched stocking toe

Once the glue dried, I turned the stocking inside out and ironed the stockings flat. 

At this point you can either print out a font from the computer and use graphite paper to trace it onto the stocking or draw the word freehand. 

I added a font to the drop cloth in this project using the pencil method. 

I decided to write the word BELIEVE using a permanent oil based sharpie paint pen freehand. 

I made sure the paint was dry and then soaked my stocking in a watered down coffee mixture to stain the fabric.

I dropped the stocking into a large bowl and used a mason jar to hold it down into the coffee for a couple of hours. 

cup of coffee with stocking fabric inside

When I removed the stocking from the coffee I used a brown marker to add more brown stain to a few areas. 

believe stocking

I then hung the stocking to let it dry. 

stocking hanging to dry

When the stocking dries it lightens up.  

I then ironed the fabric once more. 

believe vintage stocking with greens

I added a loop of drop cloth to the top of the stocking for hanging. 

That's it! 

Christmas believe stocking

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believe stocking with overlay

I turned my stocking around to show you how it would look if you made one with no writing for a different look...

back of stocking with greens

Either way, the stocking came out adorable! 

Fill it with greens and hang it on the front door with a wreath hanger! 

Believe stocking with greens on door

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believe stocking on front door

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I am Susan, the author and creator at Homeroad. I am a wife, mother of 4 daughters, and a grandmother of 5 and counting. I am a retired teacher, a DIY blogger and an artist at heart. .