Christmas stocking crafts are a great way to get in the mood for the holidays. Homemade Christmas stockings can give your Christmas decorations a homemade touch, or provide the perfect container for candies and other small Christmas gifts.
If you have flannel scarves you don't wear anymore, try recycling them as Christmas stocking crafts. First, cut fringe in the short edges of the scarf, if it doesn't have fringe already. Second, fold the scarf in half and draw a scarf pattern, with the fringe forming the upper edge. Make the leg part of the stocking about 25 percent longer than you want, to allow for a folded-down cuff.
Cut out the stocking and sew it, right sides together, leaving a quarter-inch seam allowance. Snip a few notches around the curve of the foot; this will make the edge smoother. Turn the stocking right side out and fold down the cuff. If you like, sew on a loop so you can hang the stocking up.
Christmas stockings filled with candy make an excellent tree decoration or party favor. To make one, cut a small stocking shape out of crepe paper and another out of tulle. Carefully sew them together using a sewing machine, then trim the edges with scalloped scissors. Fill the stocking with candy-coated chocolates or other small candies. Fold over and staple the top, then add a ribbon loop for hanging.
Sewing is a fun craft for adults, but it might be too complicated for children. For a kids' Christmas stocking craft, cut two large stocking shapes out of a brown paper bag or brown felt. Glue the edges together, with the right sides facing out, leaving the topside open. Punch holes around the edges of the stocking so the child can "sew" it up with yarn. The child can then decorate his stocking with glitter, stickers or other holiday decorations.