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:
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)
3. Christmas Stocking (This one is quite simple and very pretty with holiday colored stripes)
4. Here’s a bonus pattern for a sweet, cuddly knitted snowman
- Crochet Christmas Patterns Free
5. Happy Holidays – Crochet Stocking (this pattern is from the Bernat site and requires registration)
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
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.
- 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:
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.
10. Here’s a bonus pattern for a Christmas tree skirt sewing project
Do it yourself Christmas Tree Skirt Sewing Pattern:
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.