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Creative (& No-Sew!) DIY Dog Stockings

Learn how to make a beautiful Christmas stocking for your dog - and everyone in your family - using just glue, tape and a pair of scissors!

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Photography: Katy & Shell

‘Tis the season to get crafty! Making personalised DIY Christmas decorations and gifts (like our DIY Christmas Ornaments for Dogs)  is one of our favourite things about the holiday season. And as dedicated pet parents, of course we want to include our dogs in all the fun!

Sure, you can go and buy a cute dog Christmas stocking from any store, but for those of us who love a personal touch to our gifts and holiday ornaments, store-bought decorations are nowhere near as special as making your very own DIY dog stockings.

Not a crafting whiz? No worries! (we certainly don’t consider ourselves crafting queens either!) The great news is, these homemade dog stockings do not require any sewing whatsoever. 

So go right ahead and say bye to the sewing machine, and hello to these easy no-sew Christmas stockings!

Christmas DIY Dog Stockings - No Sewing Needed

Christmas DIY Dog Stockings - No Sewing Needed

 

Homemade Christmas stockings for you AND your dog

Now, there’s a very exciting reason why making a dog Christmas stocking was high on our list of fun DIY Christmas projects this year. 

Drumroll please….we finally have a home with a mantel!

The first time we saw the mantel and fireplace in our new home, literally the first thing we said to each other was how gorgeous homemade Christmas stockings will look come the holidays! So we’re not exaggerating when we say we have been thinking about these DIY dog stockings for months.

What we really love about these easy handmade Christmas stockings is not only can they be used for your fur baby, they’re perfect for everyone in your family too. 

We really wanted to create a stylish Christmas stocking for our dogs that not only compliments our decor, but could be a design we’d be happy to use ourselves too. We’re a family of four after all, and we love the idea of having matching Christmas stockings with our boys, each one with its own personalised touch (not going to lie, when it comes to matching dog and human gifts, outfits or anything for that matter, we’re obsessed!)

Christmas DIY Dog Stockings - No Sewing Needed

Christmas DIY Dog Stockings - No Sewing Needed

 

How to personalise your DIY Christmas stocking 

This year our love of warm neutrals, soft textures and vintage-meets-boho-inspired decor certainly carried through to our Christmas decorating style (with an extra touch of whimsy thrown in for good measure).

So to ensure our DIY dog stockings complimented our home and Christmas tree, we selected a range of fabrics that we knew would work well with our holiday decor.

The best thing about homemade Christmas stockings is that you can personalise them any which way you like. From selecting your favourite colours to your most-loved fabrics, adding names or initials, or decorating your DIY stocking with glitter, stars or pom poms, you can create a little festive masterpiece guaranteed to bring an extra touch of magic to your Christmas display.

Ready to get making? Your whole family, pooch included, are going to love these beautiful DIY Christmas stockings!

Christmas DIY Dog Stockings - No Sewing Needed

 

Step-by-step instructions on how to make a dog Christmas stocking

You will need:

  • Fabric for the stocking (we used 1m x 1m of cream fleece)
  • Fabric for the stocking trim (we used 2 x Gingham styles, each 0.5m x 0.5m)
  • An old Christmas stocking to draw around (most dollar stores stock cheap ones too)
  • Fabric marker
  • Felt for the personalised initial and paw print
  • Glue gun OR strong fabric glue
  • Good scissors 
  • Thick ribbon for the hook
  • Hemming tape (we used 2 full rolls for 4 x stockings)
  • Large letter stencils (skip these if you’re confident in your bubble writing skills!)
  • Paw print stencil (download it free here!)
  • Decorative beads/pompoms (optional)

How to Make Christmas DIY Dog Stockings - No Sewing Needed

Instructions:

  • On the reverse side of your fabric, draw around your stocking. 
  • Flip the stocking over and draw around it again (you should now have two stocking stencils – one facing right, and one facing left).
  • Carefully cut out both stocking outlines.
  • Glue around the edges and press both sides together. Allow at least 15 minutes for the glue to set.
  • After the glue has set, turn the stocking inside out.
  • Cut a strip of fabric for the stocking trim to your desired width, allowing 2cm either side to fold a hem (ours was 20cm in total).
  • Using hemming tape, fold a hem around all the edges to neaten.
  • Apply a second layer of hemming tape around the entire hem.
  • Peel back hemming tape and attach to top of the stocking.
  • Cut a 30cm section of ribbon, loop it over and attach both sides to the stocking using hemming tape.
  • To make the initial, either draw your letter or around your stencil, and cut out the letter shape on the fabric.
  • Attach the letter to the stocking trim using fabric glue. Allow time to dry.
  • To add the paw print, download the free stencil below. Print and cut it out, then draw around it on top of the felt.
  • Attach the felt paw print to the stocking using fabric glue. Allow time to dry.
  • Now hang and admire your DIY Christmas stocking!

How to Make Christmas DIY Dog Stockings - No Sewing Needed

 

Dog stocking stuffers for Christmas under $30

When your handmade Christmas stocking is finished and taking pride of place on your mantel, now is the time to fill it up with your choice of dog stocking stuffers! 

Of course, you can continue the DIY theme and make your pooch one of our healthy and homemade Christmas dog treat recipes, or whip them up a cute DIY dog gift, like these fun holiday doggy donuts

Or, if like us you love to support small pet businesses, purchasing stocking stuffers such as locally made dog treats or stylish dog accessories are a great way to shop small at Christmas.

Below are a handful of the gifts going in our boy’s dog Christmas stockings this year, from a few of our favourite Australian pet brands:

Dog treats to add to your Christmas DIY Dog Stockings

 

Christmas DIY Dog Stockings - No Sewing Needed

 

Creative (& No-Sew!) DIY Dog Stockings Creative (& No-Sew!) DIY Dog Stockings

Creative (& No-Sew!) DIY Dog Stockings

Creative (& No-Sew!) DIY Dog Stockings

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