One of my favorite things to do each year is make Christmas stockings. I usually pick a family I love and make a set for them. Besides a Christmas gift, they are also a perfect gift for a new baby or even a wedding. After all, they are something the family will keep for years to come. And everybody loves to have something made (and personalized) just for them. Depending on the type of fabric you choose, you can make a traditional stocking or you can pick a funky fabric to change it up. Here are a few samples of the many stockings I've made over the years.
These stockings were made for one of my favorite families. I made them all out of corduroy but in different colors (dark green & burgundy for the parents, red for their daughter, tan for one of their sons & blue for their other son). The cuff, toe & heel are all made with the same fabric. My favorite part is the lining. I always choose a special lining that reminds me of the person...toy soldiers for boys, pink & red snowmen for girls, etc. I like how the cuff fabric is very traditional but the corduroy and the colors are nontraditional.
This is a close up of one of the stockings. Each one gets a monogram to make it even more personal.
This is my mantel with our family stockings. I made the stockings over several years, which means they don't match at all. They are all different styles and fabrics but since they were made from the same pattern they all work together.