No-Sew Denim Christmas Stocking

A couple of days ago my youngest daughter, Caitlin, the only child left in the nest, was cleaning out her dresser drawers to donate to a local charity.  We’re smack dab in the middle of turning her “dressing room” (aka guest room) into her bedroom and turning her old bedroom into a guest room.  We’re almost there.

As she was sorting her clothing, she found an old favorite pair of jeans that had finally bit the dust.  As I headed to dispose of them, she said, “Those jeans have always been my very favorite.”  Being the ever attentive, vying for the mom of the year award mom that I am, I decided, on the spot, to make something out of those “favorite” pair of jeans so she could hold on to the memories.

Side Story:  Now, let me make myself perfectly clear.  I’m not a seamstress.  I don’t sew.  I had the chance to learn to sew in my high school Home Economics  class.  Our main project was to make a dress.  I picked out the most simplistic pattern I could find because I knew I was never wearing that thing and I wanted easy.  It was a sleeveless shift with a rounded neck and the required zipper in the back.

(For some strange reason, Crocodile Rock by Elton John just assaulted my brain and now I’m singing.  It’s not a pretty sight.)

My Home Economics teacher was one smart cookie.  She had also taught my mom and she thought my mom was the best thing since sliced bread.  Looking back and remembering the stern glances she gave me and the shaking of her head and rolling of her eyes, I do believe she wondered how such an awesome seamstress and all around good girl like my mom could have ever given birth to something like me.

I deserved all of those dirty looks because I could skip school with the best of them (this was the 1970’s, people).  Because of my little ventures away from school, I was forced to go to gasp, sputter, turn-red-in-the-face summer school to complete my unfinished sewing project.  I spent a week with my teacher and that stupid zipper.  I finally finished it, stuck it somewhere and never saw it again.

Oh, how I wished I had paid attention in class.

Back to the main story:  All of a sudden I had a thought, “hum, I’ll make a no-sew denim Christmas stocking.”  All of my children and grandchildren have matching stockings with their names embroidered on them that I order every time I have a new little one.  Thank you, Lillian Vernon, for keeping those needlepoint stockings in stock for all these decades.  And I don’t know why my youngest daughter thinks it’s so funny that I order from Lillian Vernon.  She laughs every time I mention that name.

Anyway, you are going to love this no-sew Christmas stocking because it’s so easy!   I grabbed a Christmas stocking to use as a pattern.  I cut the denim material from the thigh part of the jeans and I cut so that a seam was on the left side of the stocking (one less side I would have to glue together).  Please forgive me if I use the wrong sewing term.  Note to self:  You need a new pair of scissors.

I cut the back and front at the same time because I don’t have the patience to do it twice.  I grabbed my trusty Eileen’s sewing glue and went to work turning the ends under and gluing away.  Then I decided to put a burlap cuff at the top.  I had some wide Christmas burlap ribbon that worked perfectly.  Again, I turned down the edges and glued away.

Then I realized it still needed something, so I cut out one of the back pockets and glued it on the “front” of the stocking.  I cut out a couple of belt loops, glued them together and made a loop for hanging.  It’s rustic.  It’s crude.  I love it!

When my daughter got home from work and I showed her the stocking, she went absolutely crazy and said she wanted to use it as her stocking this year.  So much for my matchy, matchy stocking display.  But I am throwing my hat in the ring for the mom of the year award!  🙂

Psst:  I also made the little heart shaped ornament and stuck it in the pocket along with the candy canes.collagenosewdenimnosewdenimstockingnosewstockingnosewdenimstocking2

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  1. Hi Alli – I love your denim stocking, especially the heart! Thank you so much for this great giveaway! Hope you had a wonderful weekend and have a happy Monday!

  2. What a CUTE stocking! Great job, mama! And thanks for the giveaway!

    ~Abby =)

  3. Love it!! I’m amazed at you crafty folks.

  4. I would help my daughter move into their new place! I LOVE the jean stocking! So cute!!

  5. Who needs to know how to sew when you oozzee craftiness the way you do 🙂 This is so very cool! I love it and may muster up the nerve to try it. My husband is more crafty than me, I’m going to ask him to do it. We have old jeans.
    I too am a product of the ’70’s and can definitley relate to cutting class which will get you caught quicker than cutting the entire day 🙂 (My grandchildren would never believe I did that)

  6. Aren’t you always just so creative!!!!!!!!!! Seriously, genius! That is a very smart idea and a great way for helping her keep her favorite “jeans” around!

    • When I started on that stocking I really had no idea how it would come out. It was sorta plain looking until I added the belt loops and pocket. It’s rustic, but I like it. Thanks!

  7. Awwww!!!! 🙂 Love it!! I actually started laughing when you mentioned Lillian Vernon, then I read, “And I don’t know why my youngest daughter thinks it’s so funny that I order from Lillian Vernon.” I laughed even harder! LOL 🙂

    Love you Mom!

  8. Alli, Wanted to tell you how cute your stocking is! I’m sharing your link on FB tomorrow (scheduled). Thanks for sharing & Happy Holidays!

  9. The stocking is absolutely darling!! I love recycling fabrics and no sew is wonderful!!

    • Thanks. I love recycling, too. I’m looking for an old sweater to make a sweater wreath. I think I’ve found one. It’s another no-sew project.

  10. Do I see it right that your daughter now is getting two stockings? LOL. God job on the denim stocking!

  11. I love your denim stocking! Such a cute idea!

  12. felicia izzard says

    I like the stocking. That’s a great idea. It looked like it was sewn together

  13. That stocking was fabulous! Loved the little pocket! What a wonderful idea!
    If I won the $600 half would go for Christmas for the kids and half would go for the quickie mini vacation to Miami for my sister in laws wedding. 🙂 Have a great week!

  14. I’m glad I’m not the only one who has an amazing seamstress for a mom who didn’t pass on the sewing gene to. I can’t sew and I took home econ too! Love the jean stocking. You did a great job!!

  15. I love the stocking!!

  16. Christmas Gifts….or stuff for our new house! Thanks for hosting a great giveaway!

  17. What a great way to turn something you love into a keepsake memory. You are a very crafty lady.

  18. Okay, that stocking is too cute! How creative! And I happen to LOVE Lillian Vernon LOL

  19. Oh what a cute idea ! Easy as pie Thanks for the post

  20. Sounds like you took lemons and ended up with some awfully tasty lemonade ;). That stocking is ADORABLE and I think it would look great at our cabin. How about throwing it into the giveaway?! J/K

    I remember those days in home ec. If only we knew then what we know now. Now they don’t even teach it anymore. We are going to end up with a generation who can’t sew a button or change a faucet washer.

    • That stocking was so easy to make that I’m almost blushing, Doreen! I do wished I had paid more attention. You’re right, they don’t even teach it anymore. Sad. I actually asked for a sewing machine for Christmas. I figure I can teach myself some basics. 🙂

  21. Alli,

    Those stockings are adorable! I had a different experience in home ec. I loved sewing. I don’t do it that much anymore, but I do love it. I still have the same sewing machine I got for my 15th birthday. p.s. I also skipped school – like you said, it was the 70’s. Thanks for the giveaway.

  22. This is a wonderful idea! Her stocking came out great, too! I am pinning this to my “children” board on Pinterest as an example of a kiddo project.

  23. I would spend the $600 on a speeding ticket, one pair of boots and a present for my husband!

  24. What a fabulous idea and very unique. I love that it is no-sew ’cause I’m not a big sewer :o) Now glue guns; that’s right up my alley! Thanks for sharing! I’m pinning now to my crafts board!

  25. This is a great list. I’ve had so many Christmas DIY ideas this has encouraged me to get them done.


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