Do you love wine and Christmas? How about throwing holiday parties? This is the perfect DIY project for you!
Make a Christmas stocking or two (or 5!) that dispense boxed wine. How fun! You’re going to need one for white wine, one for red, a blush, etc.
Traditional red and white fleece fabric give the stockings a traditional feel, but feel free to change it up to match your decor. You could go with silver and gold, eggplant purple or even pastel colors for an unexpected twist.
This DIY beverage dispenser is a good sewing project for beginners. Don’t be intimated by working with fleece. There are some great tips that apply an our Minky Fabric Guide for Beginners.
The bags inside of boxed wine vary in size and placement of the spigot. For this reason, we cannot provide a standard pattern size for your stocking.
We recommend purchasing your favorite box of wine to use as a guide. Ready to get started? Read on for a list of all the supplies you will need and step by step instructions.
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This project requires one yard of fleece fabric for the body of the stocking, and 1/4 yard of sherpa fabric for the cuff.
You will also need some basic sewing supplies. All materials are linked on Amazon below for your convenience.
The bag inside boxed wine can vary in size. The spigot can also be placed in different locations on the bag. We recommend having your favorite boxed wine on hand to make the perfect stocking dispenser for it.
Step 1 – Draw the Pattern
Begin by folding the red fleece fabric in half. Then place your bag of wine on top of it.
Loosely draw a stocking shape around it. Make sure you leave at least 1/2 seam allowance, and take the placement of the spigot into consideration. The stocking should extend at least 8″ above the top of the bag of wine.
Step 2 – Pin
Place a few straight pins inside the stocking shape to hold the two layers of fabric together.
Step 3 – Cut
Now cut out the fabric shape with sharp fabric shears, and remove the pins.
Step 4 – Marking the Spigot Hole
Place the bag of wine on top of one of the fleece stocking piece where you would like it to be when the stocking is completed.
Lift the corner of the bag to mark the center of the spigot. Then measure across the spigot to determine its diameter. Ours is 3″. Draw an ‘X’ through the center mark the length of the diameter. This will form the hole for the spigot to be inserted.
Step 5 – Making the Spigot Hole
Carefully cut along the ‘X’ that you drew.
Then fold the fabric to the back of the fleece, and hold it in place with straight pins.
The back of the hole should look like the photo above.
Now sew around the hole with a straight stitch or zig zag stitch. It is a good idea to go around twice with a straight stitch for maximum durability. You could also use a twin needle.
Now flip the fleece to the back, and cut off any excess flaps with fabric shears.
The spigot hole is complete.
Step 6 – Measuring the Cuff
For the cuff, measure across the top of the stocking. Then double that number and a 1″ seam allowance. Cut a piece of sherpa 7″ by the length you calculated.
Given the thickness of the fabric, we are making a single layer cuff. Fold the cut piece in half, right sides together, where the short ends meet.
Then sew along the short edge with a 1/2″ seam allowance. Set cuff aside for now.
Step 7 – Sew the Stocking
Back to the stocking. Stack the stocking cutout without the spigot hole on top of the one with the hole, right sides together. Pin to hold.
Now sew around the perimeter of the stocking with a 1/4″ seam allowance.
Turn right side out.
It is a good time to mention the wrinkles that can be seen in the photo above. Because fleece is an acrylic, we do not recommend ironing this type of fabric. It can melt.
You can place the fleece in a hot dryer to try to remove any wrinkles. Otherwise, they will not be noticeable once the boxed wine and fiber fill are inserted in the stocking. Try not to stress over it.
Step 8 – Making the Hanger
For the hanger, cut a 3″ x 6″ rectangle of fleece, and fold it lengthwise.
Sew along the longest edge with a 1/4″ seam allowance.
Then turn the hanger right side out. A turning tool or safety pin can be useful for this step, but we managed just fine with our fingers.
Step 9 – Attaching the Cuff
Now it’s time to put all the pieces together.
Your stocking should be right side out. Insert the cuff into the top of the stocking with right sides together. Align the tops and clip or pin in place.
Don’t forget the hanger! Fold the hanger in half to form a loop, then insert it between the stocking and cuff at the seam, again lining up the raw edges. In other words, the loop should be upside down. Pin or clip it in place.
Next, sew around the top of the stocking with a 1/2″ seam allowance. The larger allowance is easier to sew with such thick fabrics.
Take care when sewing over the loop at the seam. It is super thick and can result in breaking your needle. Push or pull the fabric to help it over the feed dogs.
Step 10 – Finishing Up
Pull the sherpa up out of the stocking, and fold it over the top to form the cuff. This should reveal the hanging loop.
Stuff the boot of the stocking with fiber fill. Then insert the bag of wine, and pull the spigot through the hole. Add more fiber fill around and on top of the wine as needed to fill out the stocking shape.
Your stocking wine dispenser is complete!
Using the Stocking Wine Dispenser
To use, hang the stocking with a stocking hanger or a sturdy hook. Dispense the wine as you would from the box.
Replace the bag of wine as often as desired.
You can wash and dry the stocking as needed. We recommend inserting it in a garment bag and washing on a cold setting. This will reduce pilling and shrinking.
The bright red dye can transfer to other fabrics, so it is a good idea to wash your stocking separately or with like colors.
Don’t forget to pin this project for later, and check out some more beginner sewing projects listed below.
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- Fold red fleece in half
- Place bag of wine on top of fleece
- Draw a stocking shape around wine with 1/2" seam allowance
- Cut out stocking shape
- Place wine on one layer of stocking
- Mark spigot placement on stocking
- Cut an 'X' shape to from spigot hole
- Fold fabric 'X' to back and pin
- Sew around the spigot hole
- Trim excess fabric around hole from back
- Measure across the top of the stocking. Double it and add 1"
- Cut sherpa 7" by length calculated
- Fold sherpa in half with short sides together
- Sew short edge with 1/2" seam allowance
- Layer stocking piece without hole on top of the one with a hole, right sides together
- Sew around perimeter with 1/4" seam allowance
- Turn right side out
- Cut 3" x 6" rectangle of fleece for hanger
- Fold in half lengthwise
- Sew down length with 1/4" seam allowance
- Turn right side out
- Insert cuff into stocking opening, right sides together, raw edges aligned
- Clip or pin
- Fold hanging loop in half
- Place loop in top of stocking at seam, loop side down, raw edges aligned
- Clip or pin
- Sew around top with 1/2" seam allowance.
- Stuff boot of stocking with fiber fill
- Insert bag of wine, pulling spigot through hole
- Stuff with more fiber fill around bag as needed so that stocking holds its shape
Bags or boxes of wine are available in various sizes with different spigot placements. We recommend purchasing your favorite wine to create your own stocking wine dispenser pattern.
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