This year I needed to add to our Christmas Stockings. We have had the same ones now for about 10 years, but I needed to add a new person this year (my daughters boyfriend). The problem is I actually have a fireplace that they get hung by every year so I want them to look really nice. I am picky and those basic red and white faux fur stockings just don't cut it for me.
My first inclination was to find the same ones I already had. Of course it didn't take long to realize that they don't make them anymore. I really shouldn't have been surprised....so then I thought maybe something similar? And again it didn't take long to realize that was also not happening. Nothing was similar enough...the one 'new' stocking would stand out like a sore thumb (I am picky!). What to do, what to do.....
Finally I decided I would have to start from scratch and buy all new stockings. OK, no biggie. I must be able to find something I like......that is until I saw the prices! What I actually liked started at about $12.99 each! Multiply that by the seven (Yes 7!) and well, you get the picture. This was definitely NOT happening!
What now? Well, the only idea left to me: make them myself! This turned out to be the best idea because every stocking is different, yet they all match just enough to look great hanging on the mantle! I can also make more over the years as our family continues to grow! Best of all, I can take pride in my accomplishment as I sit on the couch and admire them as they hang by my fireplace this year and every year to come :-)
To make all seven took about 15 hours (that included a lot of breaks!). It also required a few skills: sewing (by hand or machine), crocheting, and using the computer to create iron on transfers.
Check out our video how to or see the written instructions below :-)
The first thing I did was create a stocking template. I did this by tracing a stocking I already had onto an opened paper grocery bag. I added a quarter inch extra around the outside for sewing and cut it out. The finished stockings are approximately 17" long (top to bottom), the foot is 10" wide, and the top is about 7" wide.
Here is a quick slideshow of the seven different crochet tops I made. Note that you can make the tops any way you want and in any colors or combinations of colors!
Below is a FREE .docx file that you can download, copy, paste, and change as needed depending upon the name (or names) you want to make. JUST REMEMBER THAT YOU MUST PRINT IT BACKWARDS.
Heres how I Printed Backwards:
On my macbook pro I was able to do this in the printer settings by going to "print", then under "copies and pages" choosing "layout" and then checking the box "flip horizontally." Print a test page first! Most printers have this option not matter what computer you are using. Note that some of them call it a mirror image instead :-)
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Hi there! I'm Kathie, the author behind Creating A Simpler Life blog. I'm excited to share our longterm projects (and planning) toward building our future retirement homestead in the Adirondack Mountains of New York. In the meantime I will be sharing all the other little things we do that are part of creating our simpler life!