With Christmas only a few days away I thought I’d share this Easy Upcycled Christmas Stocking Gift Pouch idea that was inspired by some recycled paper stockings that my friend Jodie made. She used old magazine pages, but I had a ton of wallpaper samples laying around from my kitchen renovations, and thought these stockings would be a great use for them. I’ve made these gift pouches to fill with little gifts for my pen pals, they are sturdy enough to post, and are a super fun and festive surprise to receive in your letterbox. They also make great little last minute gifts for friends, neighbours or even your postman, just add some inexpensive treats, homemade cookies or other small handmade gifts inside.
One of the wallpaper samples was this colourful parrot print which I love, but was quickly vetoed by the Mr, we settled on yellow polka dots for our kitchen wall instead. I’ve made the most of the quirky parrot design and managed to cut out one parrot for each stocking. If you don’t have wallpaper you can use strong gift wrap instead. You could even use some of your kid’s artwork to make a special gift for a relative.
You will need:
- Basic Stocking Template (see this post for template assembly instructions)
- Wallpaper samples or strong wrapping paper
- Sewing machine and thread
- Gifts to include in stocking pouch
1. Assemble the template, if you are posting the stocking fold down the top 2cm to make your stocking small enough to be considered a large letter.
2. Trace template onto two wallpaper pieces, one front trace right way, one back flip template over.
3. Cut front and back of stocking out.
4. Sew around stocking edge (sewing front and back together) leaving top open.
5. Fill with small gifts. If you are posting make sure gifts are nice and flat otherwise postage may get expensive.
6. Sew top closed.
7. Add a nice Christmas greeting or if you are mailing, address and affix stamps.
I’m a bit in love with this crazy parrot wallpaper, you can’t see it in the photos but it also has glitter on it, so OTT! I’m glad I’ve found a good use for it, even if I didn’t get to have it on my walls.
Have fun making your Christmas stocking gift pouches, they are really very quick and easy to make and fun to personalise.