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Free Pattern, Embellishment Techniques, Personalize Methods and More

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I think a Christmas stocking should be something special for each and every person. I know my family's Christmas stockings have always held special memories and they are one of the first things everyone looks for when the Christmas decorations come out of storage.
Because a Christmas stocking is a simple project, the amount of time and energy you put into making it special through decorations and embellishment techniques, makes it easy to create memories and family heirlooms that will be cherished for many, many years to come. The ideas presented here are ideas, combine the ideas or use one method. You're the designer and the sky is the limit!

Free Pattern for a Basic Christmas Stocking

Free pattern to sew a Christmas Stocking
Debbie Colgrove, Licensed to About.com
A basic Christmas stocking is a relatively simple sewing project. The step by step directions will guide even a beginner through sewing a stocking. If you have never sewn before, I recommend sewing one of the easiest free sewing patterns first but you can move on to sewing the curved seams of a stocking once you have familiarized yourself with basic sewing machine operation, sewing seams and sewing straight.

Machine Embroidery to Embellish

Christmas Stocking with Machine Embroidery
Debbie Colgrove, Licensed to About.com
Machine Embroidery is not something most Great-grandmothers had done when they made family Christmas Stockings. Today we can use this wonderful option to personalize and embroider so much faster than any two hands could create in the same amount of time. The design options are almost endless and being able to add a design that screams about some ones personality creates a wonderful personalized stocking.

Applique Embellishments

A free pattern is provided for this applique
Debbie Colgrove, Licensed to About.com
Using applique methods you can be creative to decorate and personalize a Christmas Stocking. Use free online templates or coloring books to re-create a favorite character on the stocking. Just remember licensed images can only be used for your own personal use and may not be mass produced.

Recycle Denim for Christmas Stockings

Ways to recycle denim
Debbie Colgrove, Licensed to About.com
Do you have a family member who is a denim fanatic? Recycle their jeans that you know they shouldn't be seen in public wearing, in to a Christmas Stocking that will last long beyond the time frame that those favorite jeans were wearable.

Felting

How Hand Needle Felting is Done
Debbie Colgrove, Licensed to About.com

Create Your Own Fabric for a Christmas Stocking

Quilt your own fabric
Debbie Colgrove, Licensed to About.com
Fabric stores can be few and far between in some areas and even if they carry the fabric you have in mind, you may not want to pay the price for the fabric. Use different methods to create your own fabric using scraps you've collected all year long. Design your own special fabric and create a personalized stocking that is bound to become a family heirloom.

Small Specialized Christmas Stockings

A Large and a Small Christmas Stocking made from the free pattern that is provided.
Debbie Colgrove, Licensed to About.com
Do you have a family member who never seems to outgrow one particular Christmas gift... A young lady who is always looking for new things for her hair, or nail polish and manicure supplies? A young man who collects those small cars and trucks. A smaller stocking embellished with one of the many embellishment techniques is a great way to present a personalized gift that will bring many smiles. You can even wrap the small items so they can open each and every "little" gift inside the stocking.... it makes the fun and anticipation last a little longer.
One of the favorite gifts my husband and I do, for adult friends, is a small stocking filled with small sample liquor bottles.
Using a copy machine, you can create any size Christmas Stocking from a Basic Christmas Stocking Pattern

Christmas Stocking - Knit a Christmas Stocking in Two Colors

Knit a Christmas Stocking in Two Colors
(c) Sarah E. White, licensed to About.com, Inc.
I have never mastered knitting but many people do knit and a knitted Christmas Stocking is a very popular option for a personalized Christmas stocking.

Embroidery

An Embroidered Christmas Tree
Cheryl C. Fall, Licensed to About.com
Hand sewn embroidery is not only a way to make wonderful embellishments, it is also a way to embroidery the history... "Made for Uncle Joe by Aunt Suzi 12/25/2011"... inside the stocking top so the history will stay with the stocking for generations and no one will ever wonder how that beautiful homemade stocking came into being.

Zig-Zag Christmas Stocking From Vickie Howell for Caron Yarn

Free pattern for this stocking are provided
Vickie Howell
If you love knitting, you will want to check out this free stocking pattern on knitting.about.com. This stocking has pizzazz and is bound to bring a smile to anyone's face... especially when they realize you made it just for them!
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