Making Your Own Christmas Stockings
You don’t need to be gifted when it comes to sewing or crafts in order to make your own Christmas stockings, and this can be a fun project to do with the children when they get home for their holiday break. Making your own stockings allows you to create something fun and funky and traditional while still being a reflection of your own personality. There are no rules about how a stocking should look or how big it should be, so make this a fun project for yourself or for the whole family!
To make your own Christmas stocking, you can start with a premade stocking you get from the fabric or craft store and then decorate it on your own. Use fabric glue to glue on piping or a patch with your name. You can also use fabric glue to sprinkle on some glitter. This is the simplest project and one you can easily do with the kids. Have them pick out their own patches and piping for borders or even fabric glitter.
Another easy way to make your own Christmas stocking is to use a kit which you sew yourself or glue together using fabric glue. These kits will have precut pieces of material in the shape of a stocking and you sew these two pieces together or use fabric glue. You can also use hemming tape; this is a special type of fabric tape that you put between two pieces of fabric and then apply a hot iron over one side. The tape becomes sticky and keeps the fabric together. It’s often used as a quick way to take up a hem on slacks or skirts, hence the term hemming tape. Kits may also have various decorative elements for your stockings or you can shop at the craft store for more personalized items.
To make your stockings from scratch, you need some large pieces of felt. Trace out the shape of a stocking and cut out these shape on both pieces, then sew them together or use your fabric glue. You don’t need to be an expert sewer to do this as large, oversized stitches can actually give personality to your stocking. Apply a large piece of white fur to the top to resemble fur cuffs of a stocking. Then you can add your embellishments as you would to any stocking.
If you’re stuck for ideas on how to add embellishments to a Christmas stocking, you can go online and note various designs from do-it-yourself sites or craft sites. You can also visit your craft store and find Christmas items you love, such as Santa or snowman designs made from felt. Use fabric glue to apply these and you have your own Christmas stocking!