Less than a week until the big day and, of course, I’ve been inspired to add some last minute crafting to the mix…stocking making to be exact. When I was a child, we didn’t have a fireplace but my parents always hung our stockings somewhere in the house so that Santa could find them and fill them with goodies! My Mom actually took the time to cut out, stitch together, and embellish felt stockings for each family member (including the dog). Over time the poor things got a bit warn out and we replaced them with the store bought kind. Being the sentimental type, I never forgot my handmade one and have been considering making new stockings for my family that reflect their interests. I’ve collected some tutorials to get us both started.
First up is what I would call a traditional stocking using some festive fabric and a bit of machine sewing know-how from FabricWorm. You could honestly use the template for any number of other eye catching stockings.
So simple and made to hold loot!
Maybe you are better with a hook or knitting needles than you are with a sewing machine? I think this crocheted second stocking from the Red Heart website also looks pretty quick and easy. Once again, this could be adapted to other designs to suit the recipient.
Or it could double as footwear for giants…
Ok, let’s say that neither sewing nor crochet are your specialty but how are your skills with a glue gun? Pretty handy with one? Then this third type of stocking (with many variations) from Better Homes and Gardens is just the thing!
Who knew what a little glue could do? Now try saying that five times, fast!
My list wouldn’t be complete without just a little bit of geekery. For the Whovian in your life, I present a tutorial that includes this lovely Dalek stocking from Doodle Craft:
I don’t know about you but I am getting super excited! I love watching the faces of my gift recipients light up as they open something I made just for them. Have a safe and happy holiday, everyone!
Stay crafty (and warm)!