These holiday stockings are one of my favorite holiday projects. I've made more than I can count. I've given them as gifts to friends and sold them at our holiday tag sales.
And the fun part is that no two are ever exactly alike!
Last year we put one on the wreath we donated to our local arts council wreath auction.
And Megan has one hanging on the hutch in her dining room.
Now here's the scoop on how to make one of your own. You can change up the size, the fabric and the embellishments. What a great way to use the little odds and ends you have on hand. Just start with a simple stocking shape. Since I usually make them in batches, I draw a pattern on a piece of poster board. But you can draw right on your fabric. Just double your fabric, wrong sides together.
Cut our your stocking and stitch it up, leaving the top open for stuffing.
This is what your stocking looks like just after stitching.
At this point I like to iron it so the edges are nice and crisp.
Then just fold down the top about an inch or so and add a loop for hanging. I like to stitch the loop for security and use a bit of hot glue on the underside of the fold.
Next the entire stocking gets stuffed with batting.
I like an organic feel, so I cover the top with moss. A little hot glue holds it all together.
Now you get to decorate your stocking with whatever you like. I usually start with a wide piece of ribbon or burlap.
Then add branches, greenery and berries, whatever you have on hand. And don't limit yourself to a holiday mix. I especially like ferns and a mix of greens. Just hot glue it all in place leaving space for another layer of ribbon.
Now your glue is completely hidden and everything is secure.
Just tie it up nice and pretty!
Then for a finishing touch, add a little more moss and embellishments like bells, ornaments, pinecones, etc...
And there you have it...
a cute little stocking!
Actually, I think they are fun when they are kind of big. These stockings were about 24 inches from top to toe. But like I said, you can make any size you like.
And I've used all sorts of fabrics, including vintage ticking, dropcloth scraps and burlap.
And for a snowy look, give your stocking a light spritz with spray adhesive and dust with snow.
If you've been here before, you know I rarely make just one of something. So every holiday season there is a day or two when I wake up and just make stockings all day long. It's commonly known around here as the stocking frenzy!
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