Last year I gave the “stockings hung by the fire” image my own neutral, rustic stamp. I was tired of the red and green Christmas color palette and wanted something simple and neutral to go with the rest of our house. I got inspired to make them last year at what seemed like the last minute for Christmas decorating. Since most of my friends had most of their Christmas gifts bought and wrapped, I decided to wait until this year to publish the post.
So here I am, nearly a year later, rolling out the post while you’re busy finishing up Halloween.
We had a mishmash assortment of stockings already: two matching ones for my husband and I, two beautifully beaded stockings for my two oldest children, which were lovingly made by my sister in law, and one flimsy felt stocking from Michael’s that had been my youngest’s stand-in stocking for the past two years. I’d been meaning to make my youngest a stocking that matched the others’, but it’d been four years and I hadn’t fit it in yet. I still plan to. Hopefully this year will be the year.
I used about three yards of quilted white material for the body of the five stockings, two shades of burlap in neutral and gold, and beautiful twill trim by HGTV in blue to add a little color. The trim was the biggest splurge. Because it was blue and not red or green, it also felt like the biggest indulgence. But I liked the texture of these fabrics together as much as I liked their neutral color, and I loved the blue accent. They would be hung in a room with blue curtains, after all.
I used a pattern similar to this one here. It might even have been this exact one. That’s the downside of waiting a year to publish the post. I cut out the material for five stockings and didn’t line them, since the quilting material was a thick enough to maintain a great shape.
I wanted the burlap cuffs to be about five inches wide, so I doubled it to fold it over and pinned it the the wrong side of the stocking. I decided to alternate the neutral and gold colored burlap, giving the darker colored stockings to the two boys in our family and using the light colored ones for the three girls. I wanted it to be symmetrical when I hung them—I care about minute details like that—and it was the easiest way to divide up the two colors. Granted, the two colors are so similar, most of the time I couldn’t tell which was which once they were finished and hung by the fire. If you want more contrast, choose your colors differently.
I used white two-inch grosgrain ribbon I already had for the hanging loops, cut about eight inches long and folded in half lengthwise.
The hardest part for me was figuring out how to position the tab so that it stuck out beyond the cuff in the right way. It seemed counter-intuitive, at least for me and the limits of my spatial reasoning. So pin twice, sew once to save yourself frustration over that one. You will thank me.
You can probably do better than I did for the identity tags. I traced my library card onto some cardboard, and then added some chipboard letters I got out of the dollar bin at Target. I attached them with twine I had on hand, in keeping with the rustic look of the stocking.
They weren’t hard or expensive, so if you also get inspired to make new stockings for your family, last minute or not, you should.
Put your stamp on your Christmas decor in your own customized color palette. I’d love to see what you do.