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Homemade Christmas Ideas

Christmas Stockings That Reflect Your Personality

Homemade Christmas Ideas for decorating are pretty special, so today’s post is quite long, but I’ve included information and links to free patterns for Christmas stockings that you can knit, crochet and sew.  I’ve also included the Christmas decorating photos so you can see what the end results will be (look for them in numerical order, corresponding with the links/titles, at the end of the post).

Decorating a Christmas stocking for everyone in the family is a favorite Christmas tradition in many families. Each person decorates the stocking and adds personal touches that show the kind of things they enjoy.  Even younger children can get involved and dressing up their own Christmas stocking to their taste will make them feel pretty special.  I personally prefer homemade Christmas ideas for crafts and decorating.

You don’t have to have any artistic ability to make a Christmas stocking that reflects who you are. With all the traditional red and white stockings for sale, you can certainly let who you are show by decorating and personalizing almost any seasonal decoration to let your personality shine through.

Start with a plain Christmas stocking in your favorite color – you might have to hunt for one since the red and white ones are the most traditional colors – but they are out there. In my opinion, and with my experience, you’re better off doing this with one that you’ll sew yourself – you can do all the additional design on the pieces before you sew them together.

Once you find one Christmas stocking (or however many you need), you can write your name across the top of the stocking using a rainbow of glitter glue found in those handy no drip glue pens.  Or you can write your name out in regular school glue and then sprinkle glitter or rhinestones in the glue. If you choose to do it with the regular glue, the stocking will take at least forty eight hours to dry completely.   NOTE:  If you are using glitter glue, or white glue and glitter, you should sew the stocking together before applying – you don’t want to gum up your sewing machine

You can then write or draw whatever you want on the bottom of the Christmas stocking. Muslin stockings work best for drawing artwork directly on the material. If you do pick out a muslin stocking, though, make sure you put a thick piece of cardboard inside the stocking before you draw anything. Otherwise, the colors will bleed through to the back of the stocking.

If drawing isn’t your area of expertise, then you can sew on appliqué cut outs of Christmas designs such as gingerbread houses, snowmen, candy canes, holly berries and leaves, etc. You can also make muslin quilt stockings by sewing on quilt squares to make miniature Christmas quilts.

If you’re into music, you can even make music note quilts. Or for less sewing, you can simply iron on your favorite designs or use transfer patterns. With transfer patterns, you iron them on and then trace around the design with fabric paint.

If you would prefer not to personalize or make a Christmas stocking, you can buy one that reflects your personality.  There is certainly a wide variety of them available on the market!  Are you a racecar fan? You can buy your favorite racecar stocking. If you’re a die-hard football fan, then you can buy your favorite team stocking and proudly display your team spirit throughout the season.

Free Patterns for Christmas Stockings

- Knit Christmas Stocking Patterns Free

Here are some patterns for Knit Christmas Stockings.  The first pattern is for mini stockings, suitable for hanging as decorations in your tree.  Note:  knit stockings won’t hold a lot of heavy items without stretching, so if you plan on stuffing the Christmas stockings with anything heavy, you may be better off with a sewing pattern using fabric.

1.  Mini Christmas Stocking (Knit) for your Tree:

http://www.knitting-and.com/knitting/patterns/christmas/mini-xmas-stocking.htm

You can choose whatever color of yarn you’d like for these mini stockings and add stripes in Christmas colors.  You can even get fuzzy or fluffy yarns these days and you could make a nice little “cuff” at the top with the fuzzy yarn.

2.  Christmas Stocking (Knitted – quite an intricate design – better suited to the advanced knitter)

http://web.archive.org/web/20020809093538/http://www.thesmartyarns.com/patterns/aug02/xmasstocking.html

3.  Christmas Stocking (This one is quite simple and very pretty with holiday colored stripes)

http://www.redheart.com/files/patterns/pdf/WR2070.pdf

4.  Here’s a bonus pattern for a sweet, cuddly knitted snowman

http://www.jeangreenhowe.com/Images/Toybox_Snowman.pdf

- Crochet Christmas Patterns Free

5.  Happy Holidays – Crochet Stocking (this pattern is from the Bernat site and requires registration)

http://bernat.com/pattern.php?PID=5021

6.  Happy Holidays – Gift Card Stocking (again from Bernat, requiring registration at the site)

This is a mini stocking pattern, ideal for giving gift cards

http://bernat.com/pattern.php?PID=5022

7.  Here’s a bonus pattern for a crocheted snowman family

Handicrafter Holidays – Snowman Family (again from Bernat, so you know the drill)

These little guys are so cute and I’m sure they’d look great decorating your mantle or Christmas dinner table.

http://bernat.com/pattern.php?PID=5334

- Christmas Stocking Sewing Patterns Free

These days, you can go to the fabric store and buy panels of fabric that have the Christmas stockings drawn out for you and you simply have to cut and sew.  If you don’t want to do that (let’s say you don’t like the fabric), you can take a stocking that you already have and like the shape of, and simply trace it on some of the very pretty Christmas fabrics available.  You can use a patterned fabric for the front of the Christmas stocking and a plain fabric for the back (to save some money).  You can purchase quilted Christmas fabric or an un-quilted fabric to which you’d have to add batting if you want the Christmas stocking to have a ‘fluffy’ look.

Any Christmas stocking you make can be ‘jazzed’ up with buttons, bells, ribbons, appliqués or whatever you choose.  It’s nice to be able to personalize your Christmas stocking creations!

8.  Here’s one page with two different styles of Christmas stockings and includes a tutorial and both patterns:

http://www.fleecefun.com/christmas-stocking-how-to.html

9.  Here’s a pattern with a more traditional shape, but you’ll need to be able to cut out a stocking shape yourself because there’s no paper pattern available.

http://www.makeit-loveit.com/2009/12/christmas-stockings.html

10.  Here’s a bonus pattern for a Christmas tree skirt sewing project

Do it yourself Christmas Tree Skirt Sewing Pattern:

http://www.designsponge.com/2010/12/sewing-101-tree-skirt.html

Now, if you’re really crafty and would like to make some extra money to buy those gifts that everyone expects, you could make a few of these throughout the year and then sell them at yard sales or craft sales.  You can knit, crochet or sew the Christmas stockings and find patterns for Christmas ornaments or tablecloths, placements and napkins to offer for sale.  Homemade Christmas ideas always go over well.  You’d be surprised how many people will buy from you and prefer the homemade Christmas decoration over the store bought one.

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  • Kay says:

    Wow. I love to hear about Christmas ideas at this time of the year. You have it so right. Nothing seems to be more special than a handmade item for Christmas. Thanks for providing us with some great ideas.

    Kay
    Skype frsprt21462

    November 16, 2011 at 7:45 pm
    • Jane says:

      Thanks for stopping by, Kay. I agree that there’s nothing better than handmade crafts and decorations at this time of year. Hence the main reason I decided to share homemade Christmas ideas. Hope you liked Elvis singing Here Comes Santa Claus… lol Take care.

      Jane

      November 16, 2011 at 8:31 pm
  • Kenworth Peters says:

    Again another marvelous post Jane. Looking forward to what is coming next, especially the great songs that you present. Keep it up and coming.
    Sincerely,
    Kenworth

    November 16, 2011 at 7:56 pm
    • Jane says:

      Thanks for coming by again Kenworth. I love playing the tunes with the posts. Gets me in the mood to get the things done that need to be done. I love homemade Christmas ideas and sharing the ones I’ve used myself over the years. Take care.

      Jane

      November 16, 2011 at 8:29 pm
  • MIke Whipkey says:

    Jane, a very impressive blog indeed. Warm, well thought out & timely. Anyone can see you’ve gone with what you know & love.
    The music & video puts you into a whole new mode. Like I said, well thought out….Two thumbs up!

    Mike Whipkey,Admin/Owner of
    SpokaneMike-MMOL.com
    Skype Me

    whips11

    November 16, 2011 at 10:24 pm
    • Jane says:

      Hey there Mike. Thanks for dropping by. Thank you for the lovely compliments. I love Christmas and getting ready for it! And I have very fond memories of Christmases past. And I really think the music in the posts helps people get in the spirit of things and maybe gives them a bit of motivation to get going with their Christmas stuff.. lol

      Jane

      November 16, 2011 at 11:12 pm
  • Cartoon Coach says:

    Thanks for this post Jane:)
    You got me in the Christmas spirit already!

    November 17, 2011 at 2:28 am
    • Jane says:

      lol. That’s the whole point!

      Jane

      November 17, 2011 at 3:19 am
  • Mary Hudak-Colllins says:

    I absolutely love the elf stocking!  We changed around some traditions last year at Christmas, one being that you couldn't give a gift unless it was 'hand made'.  It made for interesting preparations :)  My mother-in-law made everyone a Christmas stocking and filled it with fruit and nuts.  It was such a pleasurable gift and my children still have their stockings!  They loved the idea :)

    November 17, 2011 at 8:01 am
    • Jane says:

      Hi Mary. So glad you took the time to drop in and have a look-see and share some of your family traditions with us. Homemade stuff is so nice – I used to spend many hours knitting, making socks and mittens and it’s so nice to get a tin of homemade cookies or a jar of pickles or jam from someone. Some of the most special gifts I’ve gotten over the years were the ornaments made by my children at daycare or in kindergarten!

      Jane

      November 17, 2011 at 12:18 pm
  • Donna Meyer says:

    Love your Christmas blog.  I always made different craft items for Christmas but as I got older I quit doing them.  Sort of miss it though. 
    Great ideas for Christmas
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    November 18, 2011 at 11:16 am
    • Jane says:

      Thanks Donna. I get a lot of pleasure from posting to it. Puts me in the mood! I haven’t done many crafts either, since my kids have gotten older, but I know there are many out there that do!

      Jane

      November 18, 2011 at 3:46 pm

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