Useful and Beautiful Christmas Stocking Ideas
According to lore, the tradition of hanging Christmas stockings started with a generous bishop named Nicholas, who used to leave treats and other presents in children’s stockings while they were sleeping. The tradition is still respected to this day, and so numerous families hang stockings above a fireplace or on the side of staircases the night before
Christmas and wait patiently for Santa to fill them with presents. However, you can always go for something a bit more original this year. For example, you can knit the stockings yourself and hang them in numerous other areas around your house. Need ideas? Just have a look at your following list!
You can use some cozy mittens instead of socks this year, since they are also perfectly capable of holding a generous number of treats. You can tie them up on your children’s bedpost and fill them up with all sorts of treats. Children love to be surprised in this way!
Red, green and white sweaters can easily be transformed into the perfect Christmas stockings with a bit of imagination and skill. Since they are usually so much larger than ordinary stockings, they are a perfect choice for storing medium-sized gifts. Moreover, if you manage to shape them properly, they will look as if you knitted them yourself. The collars, buttons and pockets contribute to a very unique and festive look.
Since handkerchiefs are usually white and clean, they can definitely be transformed into Christmas stockings as well. Subtle embroideries and festive motifs can make them look even more amazing, while their size is completely up to you. You can hang these unique stockings in close proximity to green, natural decorations for maximum effect.
Did you ever think about making stockings out of fringed scarves? You can create these easily with a bit of imagination, but we recommend choosing different scarves in varying colors and textures for a more festive look. As usual, green and red are the perfect choices when it comes to color, but you can also try out a mix of white and blue.
Coffee Sack Stockings
An old burlap coffee bean sack can work perfectly as a Christmas stocking. The unique aroma of the coffee and their rustic looks would definitely be appreciated children and adults alike. If you don’t have any coffee sacks lying around, you can always go to your nearest coffee house and employers ask if they have any. Alternatively, you can purchase some online for about $5 a piece.
Felt Silhouette Stockings
If you want to add a modern touch to this year’s Christmas, you can always make your own felt stockings. You should also add a special holiday-inspired graphic on each stocking for extra effect. Just trace the shape onto a piece of felt using a marker and the cut it out before adhering it to the stocking with some glue. Now you just have to fill the stockings with treats and you’re all set.
Everybody has at least a pair of old jeans that they don’t really wear anymore. You can make them useful again by transforming them into denim Christmas stockings. Once you are done, you might decide that they look quite amazing on their own, but it never hurts to add a few holiday-related patches for a more original look.
Sweater Stocking 2
Here’s another idea for a sweater stocking: deconstruct the sweater by tracing a stocking figure onto it before sewing the pieces together with yarn. If you’re not all that confident in your sewing skills, you can always have your local tailor make it for you for a small fee.
- If you want to make your own Christmas stockings, you need to make sure that you have the required materials. These include felt fabric, drapery-weights, fabric scissors, fabric glue, a hot glue gun and sticks, an extension cord, embellishments, card stock, pins, lint roller and a printer.
- You can start off by cutting 2 large pieces of fabric and stacking them on top of the other. You can now place a template on top of the fabric and hold it in place with pins before you cut out the template itself with the scissors. Once the template is cut out, you can remove the scrap fabric and paper that you held in place with the pins.