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DIY Vintage Silhouette Christmas Stockings

Make your own custom stockings this Christmas, using this burlap silhouette stocking craft tutorial. Make a stocking for each of your family members with their unique silhouette hand painted on it. 

This tutorial does require some sewing, but don’t let that scare you away. This is a great beginners sewing project!

If you are looking for another fun silhouette project, check out my silhouette pumpkin tutorial from Halloween to inspire!


Silhouette Photos


Side Profile Photo (sized to fit on stocking)

Adhesive Stencil Paper

Exacto Knife or Multi-Purpose Heating Tool


Black Acrylic Paint

Sewing Machine & Supplies

White Ric Rac


Step 1: Draw a stocking shape onto burlap and cut through 2 layers, so you end up with 2 stocking shapes. I used an existing stocking as a template for my shape.

Step 2: Take a photo of your subject’s side profile and print it out, sized to fit on your stocking. You could also turn an existing photo into a Silhouette via Photoshop if you are computer savvy (Google Photoshop silhouettes).

Step 3: Place adhesive stencil paper over the silhouette photo and trace with an X-acto knife or multi-purpose heating tool. 

Step 4: Peel the backing off of the adhesive stencil and place on one of the burlap stocking shapes. Using a foam brush, dab several coats of black acrylic paint within the stencil. Make sure to place a piece of cardstock behind the burlap, as paint will seep through. Move the burlap stocking off of the cardstock before it dries so it doesn’t stick to the paper.

Step 5: Allow to completely dry before peeling off adhesive stencil.

Step 6: Sew top hems onto the 2 pieces of burlap stockings.

Step 7: Cut a 1 x 4 inch piece of burlap and sew into the back piece of burlap stocking as a loop. I recommend sewing over this piece several times to make it stronger.

Step 8: Sew a piece of white ric rac across the top of the painted silhouette stocking piece.

Step 9: Pin the front of the silhouette burlap stocking piece to the back of the burlap stocking piece, wrong sides out. Sew together. Because burlap likes to unravel, I recommend allowing for a greater seam allowance and going over the stitch 2-3 times for added strength.

Step 10: Hang and fill your stocking full of goodies!

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