How to Sew a Paw Christmas Stocking with Pet Stocking Pattern

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Want a quick and easy way to keep your pup or fur baby in the holiday spirit this Christmas? Well, look no further! We’ve got the perfect solution that even beginner sewists can tackle—an easy Pet Christmas Stocking Sewing Pattern with a step-by-step Pet Stocking tutorial! This pet stocking sewing tutorial can be used for a cat, dog or any other animal you love enough to give them their own Christmas stocking. This pet stocking comes in two sizes that way you can choose which pet stocking to sew. This project is simple enough to only require basic sewing supplies and minimal time, so why not make a special stocking just for the best animal in your life? With just a few steps (and possibly some treats as motivation) your pup will thank you when they get ALL the treats from Santa.

Pet Stocking - Paw Stocking Pattern 1

So get ready to spread the cheer with a Dog Paw Christmas Stocking —it’ll be sure to bring an extra bit of fun into your furry family traditions. While we are at it if you are looking for Christmas stockings for humans then check out our Christmas Stocking sewing project.

The holidays are a doggone good time to show your furry friend some extra love. So why not make their season merry and bright with a personalized paw stocking? It’s a paw-fect way to include them in the festivities. Whether they’ve been the good boy or girl all year round or a bit of a mischief-maker, they deserve some holiday cheer. 

Paw Christmas Stocking

So grab some fabric, thread, and your favorite furry companion, and get crafty. You can add their name to the pet Christmas stocking to make it truly theirs or add a little bow – any personalization you think they’ll love. Who knows, maybe Santa Paws will even leave them an extra treat or two for being on the nice list. If you are looking for gifts for the two-legged kind then check out our list of Easy Christmas Gifts to Sew.

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Materials for Sewing a Pet Christmas Stocking

Pet Stocking Materials

Get ready to pause for a moment and get crafty with this step-by-step tutorial on sewing a Christmas stocking for your furry best friend. Don’t let the idea of sewing scare you away – this tutorial is paw-sitively easy to follow. First, gather your materials. You’ll need ½ yd White Sherpa Fabric and ¼ yd Flannel or Fleece (non-fraying fabric). 

Pet Stocking Pattern Example

As far as tools, you’ll need Tape (just gift-wrap tape or anything – duct tape, whatever, its just to hold together your pattern pieces), a Sewing Needle, Thread, Scissors, Rotary cutter and mat (though this is really optional – but I found it to be very handy when working with Sherpa Fabric), Sewing Pins or clips. And as with most sewing projects you will need a sewing machine, however, this project can be sewn by hand and a portion of it is hand-sewn already. Finally, you’ll need the printed pet stocking pattern, choose from the Small Pet Stocking Pattern or the Large Pet Stocking Pattern.

Before we begin, though, I do have some items of note that I feel are worth discussing:

  • For this particular Christmas stocking project, given the nature of the sherpa fabric, I do not recommend washing and ironing it as I would with most other projects. However, if you choose to use a different type of fabric, feel free to stick to this tried-and-true method of getting any wrinkles out of your fabric and pre-shrinking it.
  • Take care to match up the match lines and the fold line, these are particular to this paw stocking pattern as the stocking will not come together if these items are not carefully followed.
  • The addition of the Bone/Stocking Name Tag is optional. This is just a cute addition to the pet stocking that is not integral to the overall paw stocking and can be added at a later date, as well, if you so choose.

How to Sew a Pet Stocking for Christmas

Cut out Stocking Pattern

Let’s start sewing this paw stocking! The first step is to print, then cut out the pattern pieces from the Small Pet Stocking Pattern or the Large Pet Stocking Pattern and tape together match lines of the stocking shape in the size that you have selected.

Once you have the paw pattern ready, you will want to cut out your fabric in the following quantities:

Paw Pattern taped to cut fabric
  1. From the Sherpa Fabric:
    1. 1 Stocking Body with the pattern piece face-up toward you
    2. 1 Stocking Body with the pattern piece face-down away from you
    3. 1 Bone/Stocking Name Tag (absolutely optional)
  2. From the Flannel (or other non-fraying fabric)
    1. 4 Paw Toes
    2. 1 Paw Pad
    3. 1 Stocking Hanger (take note of the fold line on this piece)
    4. 1 Stocking Cuff

With all the pieces cut, you’ll start assembling your paw Christmas stocking. The first step is absolutely optional, adding the Bone/Stocking Name Tag piece. If you want to add this piece, start by positioning the Bone/Stocking Name Tag piece on the front of your Cuff piece, about ½ inch from the short side of the stocking, about 1 ½ inches from the long side. Pin this in place. If you are going to add lettering for a name, you may want to make the Bone/Name Tag piece out of a fabric other than the Sherpa Fabric as it is simply too fluffy.

Sew Bone to Stocking

Next in how to sew a dog paw stocking for Christmas, you’ll need to top stitch the Bone/Stocking Name Tag piece in place on the cuff. This topstitching can pretty much be located anywhere within the bone shape because the sherpa fabric will cover your topstitching. Just note that the edges need to be locked in place, so do stay close to them, if possible. Set aside. 

Pin Paw Pads

Pin each of the Paw Toes and Paw Pad in place on the front of one of your pet stocking body pieces. Keep the edges of the Toes and Pad well away from the edge of the Body as there is a hemline anticipated in the Body piece, but not in the Pad or Toes pieces. 

Stitching Paw Pads on

The next step in this DIY paw stocking for Christmas is to hand stitch each of the Paw Toes and Paw Pad in place onto the Stocking Body piece. Take care to stitch close to the edge of each Paw piece, working the edge of the Paw piece into the sherpa fabric’s fluffy texture to give it a quilted look. This was literally my favorite part of making this piece. I love the quilted look – just like a puppy’s fluffy paw!

Two right sides together of Stocking

When the paw pad and toes are affixed to your liking, pin the two Stocking Body pieces together right-sides together. 

sewing

Sew one long side, the toe shapes and about ⅓ of the second long side of the Stocking Body pieces together.

Next in sewing a paw stocking, you’ll need to trim the edges of your hem close to the stitching – particularly inside the toes where they come together. To get the most definition from your toes, a tighter seam is required. Just take great care not to accidentally snip the stitching – you don’t want a hole in your stocking. Set this aside for a moment.

Hanger Piece

Fold the stocking hanger long edges inside by ¼-inch, then fold the stocking hanger in half again, hiding the edges of the piece.

Sew hanger

Pin this in place and sew along the centerline, locking the fold in place. Set aside.

Fold and Pin

Now you’ll want to fold the paw stocking cuff long edges inside by ¼-inch, then fold this over again by another ¼-inch, hiding the raw edges of the long edges and pin in place.

Sew in Place

Then where you just folded & pinned, sew along the centerline of the hem, locking it in place.

Stocking and Cuff

Now in how to sew a dog paw stocking for Christmas, you will want to turn the Stocking Body pieces right-side out. Fit the long edge of the Stocking Cuff along the top of the Stocking Body piece. The back side of the Stocking Cuff should be facing the wrong side of the Stocking Body, with the Bone/Name Tag piece on the side farthest away from the top of the Stocking Body. Take care to overlap the top of the Stocking Body and edge of the Stocking Cuff by about 2-inches. Pin this in place.

Sewing Pet Stocking and Cuff

Now that the stocking and cuff are pinned in place you will sew along the hem of the pet Stocking Cuff, attaching it to the Stocking Body.

Turn Stocking

Turn the stocking body pieces wrong-side out (leaving the stocking cuff right-side out as it hangs off the end of the stocking, NOT folded over yet). 

Sewing Stocking Part

Align the open side of the Stocking Body pieces and sew along the open edge of the Stocking Body ONLY. Do not sew the Stocking Cuff edge at this time. If you do make the mistake of sewing the Stocking Cuff, your cuff will have a raw edge exposed when you turn it to cover the top of your stocking. So do not sew the Cuff together at this time.

turn the Stocking right-side out

Now you are getting close to completing your paw Christmas stocking, you will need to turn the Stocking right-side out, (leaving the Stocking Cuff wrong-side out as it hangs off the end of the stocking, NOT folded over yet).

Adding Hanger

Align the open side of the Stocking Cuff pieces and pin it in place. Retrieve the stocking hanger and fold it in half to create a loop. Fit the loop inside the stocking cuff, aligning the loose ends of the Hanger very closely to the top of the stocking body, poking through the future hem of the cuff by at least ¼-inch. Pin this in place carefully to maintain the positioning of the hanger. I checked this about three times – I was so worried I would accidentally move it while stitching.

Sewing Edge and Stocking Hanger

Next, sew along the open edge of the Stocking Cuff, taking care to capture the ends of the Stocking Hanger piece at the same time, locking it in place.

Turn Right side out

The final step in making your animal paw stockings, you will need to turn the stocking right side out and fold the cuff over the top, exposing the hanger. And your stocking is complete.

Pet Stocking Final with Bone

Now the paw Christmas stocking is complete! There’s no better way to celebrate the holidays with your furry best friend than making them a stylish dog paw stocking! Not only will it add some pizazz to your holiday decor, but it’s also a great way to involve your pooch in the Christmas festivities. 

Your pet deserves to be spoiled just as much as you do during the holidays with their own Christmas stocking. This animal stocking is not only festive but also functional, providing the perfect space to store tasty treats and toys for your furry friend. 

Tips and Tricks for Making the Perfect Paw Stocking

Pet Christmas Stocking Final Paw Stocking

Ah, the pet stocking. The quintessential Christmas decoration that allows us to stuff all sorts of wonderful goodies in it. But what makes the perfect pet stocking? Well, my dear friend, it’s all in the tips and tricks. 

First and foremost, invest in a good quality thread that can hold all the treats inside your stocking without it bursting at the seams. 

Next, mix it up with a variety of colors – I liked the white with the red/black/white flannel. But there are some beautiful color options – this is a great time to break open your scrap stash and see if you have just enough for those colorful pops on a white or gray sherpa fabric. 

Easy Sew Pet Christmas Stocking

And let’s not forget the stuffing! This is honestly the best part. You can fill your pet stocking with treats, a chew toy, a Dog toy, an easy-sew dog bandana, or a newly made collar or just fill it with stuffing and sew the top closed for a fun holiday tug-toy! So go forth and make those paw stockings the envy of all!

Suggestions for Decorating Your Completed Pet Stockings

Dog Treats with Christmas Stocking

The stockings are hung by the chimney with care, but have you thought about how to decorate them? Whether you’re a DIY enthusiast or prefer store-bought trinkets, there are plenty of ways to spruce up those paw stockings. 

You can always add their name on the Bone/Name Tag piece – that was the initial intent I had, until I decided that it might not look so sharp on the Sherpa fabric. A classic option is to add a monogram of your pet’s initials. Feeling funky and festive? Glue on some pompoms, tassels or snowflakes for a whimsical touch. Or, if you’re eager to add a personal touch, attach small photos of your pets. 

Don’t forget the finishing touch on your pet Christmas stocking: a sprig of holly, a pooch-friendly candy cane or a small gift tag to show Santa where to leave the presents for you pet. Now, you’ll have the cutest and most personalized pet stockings in the neighborhood.

So, why not make this year’s holiday celebration extra special and treat your pup to a fashionable paw stocking that is sure to make them feel loved and included in all the holiday fun? If you liked learning how to make a paw stocking with free pattern, make sure to pin it to your favorite Pinterest board or share it with friends on social media. If you decide to make this simple project on your own, make certain that you take a picture afterward and tag us on social media as we love seeing the fabrics and color choices that people use!

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How to Sew a Pet Christmas Stocking with Pattern

Pet Christmas Stocking

Any fur baby will love to have their very own Christmas stocking. Sew a Pet Stocking with the Pattern.

Prep Time 10 minutes
Active Time 45 minutes
Total Time 55 minutes
Difficulty Easy
Estimated Cost $5.00

Instructions

  1. Cut out the pattern pieces and tape them together to match lines of the pet stocking shape in the size that you have selected.
  2. Cut out your fabric in the following quantities:
  3. From the Sherpa Fabric: 1 Stocking Body with the pattern piece face-up toward you, 1 Stocking Body with the pattern piece face-down away from you, 1 Bone/Stocking Name Tag (optional)
  4. From the Flannel (or other non-fraying fabric): 4 Paw Toes, 1 Paw Pad, 1 Stocking Hanger (take note of the fold line on this piece), 1 Stocking Cuff
  5. Optional: Position the Bone/Stocking Name Tag piece on the front of your cuff piece, about ½ inch from the short side of the stocking, about 1 ½ inches from the long side. Pin this in place. Top stitch the Bone/Stocking Name Tag piece in place on the cuff. Set aside. 
  6. Pin the Paw Toes and Paw Pad in place on the front of one of your Stocking Body pieces. 
  7. Hand stitch the Paw Toes and Paw Pad in place onto the Stocking Body piece. Take care to stitch close to the edge of each Paw piece, working the edge of the Paw piece into the sherpa fabric’s fluffy texture to give it a quilted look. 
  8. Pin the two Pet Stocking Body pieces together right-sides together. 
  9. Sew one long side, the toe shapes and about ⅓ of the second long side of the Animal Stocking Body pieces together.
  10. Trim the edges of your hem close to the stitching - particularly inside the toes where they come together. To get the most definition from your toes, a tighter seam is required.
  11. Fold the Stocking Hanger long edges inside by ¼-inch, then fold the Stocking Hanger in half again, hiding the edges of the piece. Pin this in place and sew along the centerline, locking the fold in place. Set aside.
  12. Told the Paw Stocking Cuff long edges inside by ¼-inch, then fold this over again by another ¼-inch, hiding the raw edges of the long edges. Pin this in place and sew along the centerline of the hem, locking it in place.
  13. Turn the Stocking Body pieces right-side out. Fit the long edge of the Stocking Cuff along the top of the Stocking Body piece. The back side of the Stocking Cuff should be facing the wrong side of the Stocking Body, with the Bone/Name Tag piece on the side farthest away from the top of the Stocking Body. Take care to overlap the top of the Stocking Body and edge of the Stocking Cuff by about 2-inches. Pin this in place and sew along the hem of the Stocking Cuff, attaching it to the Stocking Body.
  14. Turn the Pet Stocking Body pieces wrong-side out (leaving the Stocking Cuff right-side out as it hangs off the end of the stocking, NOT folded over yet). 
  15. Align the open side of the Stocking Body pieces and sew along the open edge of the Stocking Body ONLY. Do not sew the Stocking Cuff edge at this time.
  16. Turn the Pet Stocking right-side out, (leaving the Stocking Cuff wrong-side out as it hangs off the end of the stocking, NOT folded over yet).
  17. Align the open side of the Stocking Cuff pieces and pin it in place.
  18. Retrieve the Paw Stocking Hanger and fold it in half to create a loop. Fit the loop inside the Stocking Cuff, aligning the loose ends of the Hanger very closely to the top of the Stocking Body, poking through the future hem of the Cuff by at least ¼-inch. Pin this in place carefully to maintain the positioning of the Hanger.
  19. Sew along the open edge of the Stocking Cuff, taking care to capture the ends of the Stocking Hanger piece at the same time, locking it in place.
  20. Turn the stocking right side out and fold the cuff over the top, exposing the hanger. And your pet Christmas stocking is complete.

Notes

  • For this particular pet Christmas stocking project, given the nature of the sherpa fabric, I do not recommend washing and ironing it as I would with most other projects. However, if you choose to use a different type of fabric, feel free to stick to this tried-and-true method of getting any wrinkles out of your fabric and pre-shrinking it.
  • Take care to match up the match lines and the fold line, these are particular to this pattern and the stocking will not come together if these items are not carefully followed.
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    3 thoughts on “How to Sew a Paw Christmas Stocking with Pet Stocking Pattern”

    1. Lovely tutorial! What adorable stockings. Thanks for sharing on my weekly show and tell, Wednesday Wait Loss.

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    2. Oh my, this is SO CUTE!!! Definitely making this for my two kitties! I love how you made a PDF print-out form like those you see for Recipes! Very clever and helpful!

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