I think far too few people attempt to handcraft Christmas stockings these days, and that’s 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 tutorials, inspirational photos, and some great links to get you started making Christmas stockings – a wonderful memory for your family, to be used and treasured through the years!
Basics for Making Stockings
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 Dalmatians!
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 either sketch out your own stocking on a brown paper bag and then trace onto the fabric, or use patterns that can be printed out on your computer and then taped together.
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.
If you are using denim, flannel, or another fabric, sew the stockings halves right sides together, then turn right side out. Here is a great tutorial on basic stocking making with a pattern from FabricWorm.
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 photos below for more ideas!
Sew Like My Mom has another great basic tutorial on making stockings!
Family Fun magazine has instructions for this great ice skate stocking! How fun!
For you no-sewers, Susie Harris has these great vintage style no-sew stockings that you can make!
Warehouse Fabrics and Sew 4 Home has this great tutorial on these fantastic elf stockings… I LOVE THESE!
Finally, one of our fav blogs, Dear Lillie has these great burlap stockings that anyone would love… don’t you just adore those button accents?
What kind will you be making? Share the best ideas you’ve seen!Image Credits: BHG, Sew Like My Mom, Family Fun, Susie Harris, Sew 4 Home, Dear Lillie