Three years ago, I shared a variety of ways I repurpose my vast chicken feed bag collection from chicken coop artwork to tote bags, shipping envelopes to Christmas stockings and beyond. Today I am sharing my DIY repurposed feed bag chicken Christmas stocking tutorial so you can make them yourself and I can stop selling them in my online store and focus more on cookie baking next year!
These feed bag stockings are super resilient, in fact, most of the stockings I made for the coop in 2011 are still in use today. I sew my feed bag stockings, but there is no reason they cannot be stapled shut if sewing happens not to be in your skill set.
MAKE THE TEMPLATE
To ensure uniformity, it’s helpful to use a stocking template. I don’t recall which paper template I used three years ago, but you’re welcome to print the one below.
My stockings are 19″ long by 10″ wide and my template was on an 8.5″ x 11″ paper, so to enlarge it, I pinned it on top of a feed bag that had the top and bottom seams cut off.
I measured 3 inches out from the edge of the stocking & marked a dot with a permanent marker & continued these measured markings all the way around the stocking at regular intervals.
I then connected the dots and cut out the feed bag along that line. Un-pin and discard the paper template and the first feed bag becomes the permanent template.
Pin the front and back halves of the stocking together and sew (or staple) the perimeter closed.
Prefer a functional stocking? Leave the top edge of the stocking open & maybe Santa will fill it.
My permanent feed bag stocking template:
Place permanent template on top of a feed bag and trace around with a permanent marker, pin inside the stocking outline, cut out stocking and sew closed.
I use a nail or heavy duty stapler to secure the feed bag stockings to the coop or run.