It's easy and fun to make a Christmas stocking that reflects who you are. With all the traditional red and white stockings for sale, you can certainly go that route, but a plain stocking is sort of like a one size fits all article of clothing. It's made to be one in a crowd, not made to stand out from the crowd.
So, why settle for the same kind of Christmas stocking that everyone else is also buying or making? Let who you are shine right down to all the decorations you use for the Christmas holiday.
Start with a plain Christmas stocking in your favourite colour - you might have to hunt for one since the red and white ones are the most traditional colours - but they are out there. Or buy a red one for one member of the family, and create a paper pattern from that and make your own in a different colour. Don't spend lots of cash on fabric; rummage through the offcuts bins at a fabric store, or oder just as much as you need from eBay!
Once you find or have made your plain stocking, 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.
You can then write or draw whatever you want on the bottom of the stocking. Use glitter pens, or fabric paint, or even poster paints, although these won't last as long.
If drawing isn't really your thing, then you can sew on appliquÈ cut outs of Christmas images such as gingerbread houses, snowmen etc. Again, don't spend money on these - last year's Christmas cards can be cut up and used, or print images from the internet onto card.
For a more robust stocking with less sewing, you can simply iron on your favourite designs or use transfer patterns. With transfer patterns, you iron them on and then trace around the design with fabric paint.
You don't have to have Christmas designs either; football fans can customise their stocking to their favourite team's colours, or their favourite pop group. If you make your own stockings, and they don't cost a lot, you can even create new ones each year. Or, like many families, you can store the stockings over the summer and bring them out every year. Yes, they get a little tatty, but with some glue and TLC, getting out that stocking means that Santa really is on his way…