Published December 18, 2010 by
It’s a Christmas tradition to hang decorated stockings on the mantle and wait for Santa to come and fill them with holiday candy and gifts. Some families save their stockings and use the same ones every year. Some like to purchase new ones and create new decorating schemes every holiday season. There’s a simple way to change out your décor without having to purchase new stockings. You can easily make them with a few simple supplies.
Gather some felt, fabric markers, white school glue, glitter, scissors and any iron on decorations or letters you’d like to use.
Using a template you will make out of a brown paper bag or craft paper, you will cut out your stocking. Trace around a store-bought stocking to make the outline, or do it freehand. You’ll want your stocking to be a bit oversized so you can get lots of presents into it.
Cut out two pieces of felt--one for the front and one for the back of the stocking. Using the glue, make a line all along the edges of the back piece of the stocking. Remember to leave the top glue-free so you can stuff your presents inside. Stick the front side of the stocking to the back side. This can either be done with white school glue or with a hot glue gun. The hot glue will adhere faster, but there’s no reason you can’t get great results with the white glue.
This part is fun for kids to help with. Decorate the front of the stocking by writing someone’s name up top with fabric markers. If you have the kind that puff up into 3D when they dry, that’s great. Now, add any iron on appliques or decorations you’d like. You can find Christmas iron-ons at a craft store. Simply peel off the backing and use a hot iron to adhere them to the stocking. Make a loop out of extra felt. Glue it into the top of the stocking so you can hang it on a nail or stocking hook.
If you’d like, you can run a line of glue anywhere on the stocking to make a design. Then sprinkle glitter on it and shake off the excess. When it dries it will look great.
Get creative with what you use. Use small reindeer or Santa figurines or ornaments. Just glue them on. Hot glue works best if you are gluing anything heavy, as it will set right away. You can also glue on gems and jewels from the craft store.
There is also another way to make a Christmas stocking. You can find a great needlepoint or cross stitch kit either online by typing in “Christmas stocking kit” or at a favorite knitting or craft shop. These kits come with everything you need, including easy directions, for stitching up a lovely Christmas stocking. Start early on these, especially if you’re a first-time needlepointer. They do take a fair amount of time to complete but they are worth it.
Try your hand at miniature stockings you can give to friends or hang on the tree as well. You can let the kids help design stockings out of fleece, canvas, cotton or any other fabric you have on hand. And don’t forget to make one for the family cat and dog!