Create a unique stocking to hang by the chimney with care for years to come.
Step 1: Start with a plain stocking Start with a plain Christmas stocking, either store-bought or handmade.
TIP: Felt is best if you plan to use a lot of iron-on appliques.
Step 2: Decide on a concept Decide on a concept. Modern or old-fashioned? Simple or elaborate? Understated or over-the-top? Consider focusing on a theme.
Step 3: Hit the crafts store Hit a crafts store to check out embellishments. If you can draw, pick up some fabric paint.
Step 4: Buy some felt Buy some felt in contrasting colors to your stocking so you can cut out your own original designs and sew or glue them on.
TIP: Use Christmas cookie cutters as stencils.
Step 5: Check out the dollar store Check out the dollar store for holiday decorations, bric-a-brac, and small toys that you can attach to the stocking.
Step 6: Write the name Write the name in glue, using a squeeze bottle, pour on glitter, and shake off the excess. Or spell it out in applique letters, which come in every kind of font and material imaginable. Consider writing the name someplace other than across the top, like vertically down the side.
Step 7: Be original Above all, be original. Your stocking can be any color, any design – kitschy or sophisticated. The choice is yours.
FACT: According to legend, the stocking tradition began when St. Nicholas took pity on three poor girls who'd left their stockings to dry by the fireplace, and filled them with gold.