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Free DIY Dog Christmas Stocking Pattern: Make a Paw Stocking with a Personal Touch!

Craft a paw-some personalized gift with our free Dog Christmas Stocking Pattern! A paw-shaped stocking to make your furry friend’s holiday special!

It is a personalized dog Christmas stocking because I made it for our beloved dog Toby. But you could use this pattern to make this Christmas stocking for any pet with paws, such as a cat!

I work from home, and often, the only company I have for the whole day is our rescue dog, Toby. Every day Toby and I start the day with a morning dog walk and a coffee in the park. Toby then sticks to my side for the rest of the day. He even manages to get himself into some of my craft photos.

This year whilst crafting for Christmas, I also decided to make something for Toby. As a family, we love to give Toby a few extra treats at Christmas, and this personalized doggy Christmas stocking is perfect for that.

This pet Christmas stocking isn’t my only dog accessory crafted for Toby. In the past, I’ve made him some cute denim handmade dog toys before.

Make your dog the coolest handmade dog toys from your old jeans.

The Dog Christmas Stocking Pattern

The holiday season is just around the corner, and what better way to spread the festive cheer than by crafting a personalized Christmas stocking for your beloved furry friend? This free Dog Christmas Stocking Pattern guides you through creating a stocking in the adorable shape of a paw. Add your dog’s name stencilled onto the top of the stocking cuff for that extra special touch!

By the way, this is a great craft project to make and sell.

Pet Christmas Stocking Pattern

How To Make A Pawesome Christmas Stocking

Materials needed

  • Burlap, hessian, jute, sacking or whatever you call it! Or you can make it in other fabrics, such as denim or patterned cotton.
  • Red fabric for the top and paw pads. I used an old pair of red jeans for the top, but any red material would do. I also had some scrap red leather I used for the paw pads. However, you could just as easily use red felt.
  • Needle and thread
  • Fabric glue
  • Letter stencils and white paint
Fabric for pet Christmas Stocking

How To Sew The Stocking Pattern

Step 1: Print out the dog paw pattern. I printed out the paw pattern onto A3 paper. If you don’t have an A3 printer, your local copy shop should be able to enlarge and print the pattern for you. Or you could try drawing your pattern onto A3 paper freehand.

If this is not an option, you can print the pattern over two pages with a standard home office printer.

Step 2: Cut out the paw stocking template and place it on the fabric. I doubled over the material so that I could cut out two paws at the same time. Draw around the paw pattern with a sharpie and then cut it out.

Paw stocking pattern on burlap

Step 3: Sew the cutout paws together, leaving a margin of about 5mm. If using a printed fabric, stitch the pieces right sides together. If you don’t have a sewing machine, burlap is easy to sew by hand.

Sitched paws

Step 4: Turn the stitched paw’s right sides out so the stitching is on the inside. For the cuff, I used the bottom of a pair of red jeans, which I folded over the top of the stocking and stitched around.

If you don’t have a pair of old red jeans, use some other red fabric, such as felt. The cuff was about 9cm long.

Sewing cuff onto stocking

Step 5: Cut out the paw pads from the Christmas stocking pattern and use them as a template. Draw around the pad templates on your chosen red fabric and cut out the pads. I used scrap leather for this, but craft felt will work just as well.

cutting out paw print

Step 6: Using fabric glue, stick the paw pads onto the front of the dog’s Christmas stocking. Then stitch on a loop to hang the stocking on the edge of the cuff. I used a belt loop from the jeans.

Personalizing The Stocking

Step 7: Finish off the pet Christmas stocking by personalizing it. I stencilled Toby’s name in white on the red cuff. Use either fabric paints or markers for this. You can also use acrylic paints, but you must use a fabric medium to wash the stocking.

Stencilling pet name onto dog Christmas stocking
DIY  personalized dog Christmas stocking

The Finished Paw Stocking

Free pattern for a DIY personalized dog Christmas stocking

All left to do now is fill and hang the stocking. I know Toby won’t know whether or not he had a stocking but will enjoy the treats inside; also, as a loved family member, he deserves to have his personalized dog Christmas stocking.

If you noticed, I also made Toby a bone-shaped tag for the stocking, just cut from a scrap piece of leather.

Check out my other fabulous Christmas sewing projects.

Free dog Christmas stocking pattern

This post was updated June 2023

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Friday 9th of November 2018

What a cute Christmas project Claire!! Thank you for sharing it at Create, Bake, Grow & Gather this week. I'm delighted to be featuring your stocking at tonight's party and pinning too. Hugs, Kerryanne

Claire Armstrong

Friday 9th of November 2018

Thank you, I look forward to seeing it.

Chas Greener

Wednesday 7th of November 2018

Great tutorial to share with everyone. I made a stocking for our dog years ago and we still hang it up in honor of her even though she's no longer with us. Thanks for sharing on To Grandma's House We Go!

Claire Armstrong

Wednesday 7th of November 2018

That sounds like a lovely thing to do. I don't think we will have many more Christmas's with Toby and we will probably still hang his stocking after he has gone.

Victoria @DazzleWhileFrazzled

Tuesday 6th of November 2018

I love Christmas with the dog! Even in her old age, she'd get so excited on Christmas morning. Needless to say, she was always the first to open her stocking, LOL!

Claire Armstrong

Tuesday 6th of November 2018

Our dog is very old too but gets excited by the buzz and the fact there is often lots of people around. Or maybe it’s just because he can smell the Turkey in the oven.

Michelle Leslie

Monday 5th of November 2018

I love it Claire and our fur babies (all 8 of them) are going to love it too. Pinned coz it's just such an awesome idea

Claire Armstrong

Monday 5th of November 2018

OMG 8 you are going to be busy! Thanks for the share.