by Kathy Wilson
I think far too few people attempt to handcraft Christmas
stockings these days, and thatís a shame! Handmade stockings
become a treasured collectible in many families, and are a joy
for children to receive. It is much simpler than we think! Here
are some step by steps, some photos, and some great links to get
you started making a wonderful memory for your family, to be used
and treasured through the years!
Step One- Determine a theme for the person you are making the
stocking-perhaps they like fishing, or cowboys, or ballerinas? I
had so many kids to make for, I chose a toyland theme for the
whole family, then made each stocking fit its owner. For
instance, my baby girl was the angel, and my mischievous boy was
the gingerbread boy! You may have an elegant little girl who
might be perfect for a Victorian sock, or a little boy who loves
Step Two- Determine the material you want to use to make it! I
chose felt, because it is cheap, sturdy, and simple to cut and
add details. You also may want to consider fleece, or even
corduroy or denim. By the way, it is even possible to make these
out of paper-they make wonderful candy or gift giving containers!
Step Three - Cut out two basic stocking shapes from your
fabric-remember, when it comes to kids, bigger is better! You can
sketch out your own stocking on a brown paper bag and then
trace onto the fabric.
Step Four - Slip a loop of ribbon between the two stocking shapes
in the outside corner for a hanger-Sew the stocking shapes
together, leaving an opening at the top. If you are using fleece
or felt, you can now use decorative thread if you wish to blanket
stitch all around the edges of the stocking. You can find blanket
stitching instructions at
If you are using denim, flannel, or another fabric, fringe the
edges for a homey look to your stockings.
Step Five - Now the fun part! Personalize your stocking with what
ever fits your theme. Cut out felt shapes or figures and attach
with fabric glue. Use dimensional fabric paint or iron on letters
to add a name to the stocking. Have a great time using your
imagination, or check out the links below for more ideas!
Want more free home decorating ideas? Visit Kathy at The Budget
Decorator http://www.thebudgetdecorator.com/ and Decorating
Your Small Space http://www.decoratingyoursmallspace.com/