Personalized Christmas Stockings

  • 8 Adorable & Stylish Christmas Stockings for Girls

    Christmas Stocking Ideas for Girls

    Christmas stockings often have deep, personal meaning. As kids, our Christmas stockings represented the coming of Santa Claus, and the excitement and treasures Christmas morning would bring. As adults, Christmas stockings bring childhood nostalgia and allow us to carry on a longtime tradition within our own families.

    As a result, choosing the perfect Christmas stocking for each member of your family is important. When it comes to selecting the perfect Christmas stocking for the little girl in your life, you want to find one that represents her personality, interest and hobbies, as well as stands the test of time.

    To help you out, we’ve compiled some of our favorite stocking ideas from our inventory. Click on any of the photos to learn more about the stocking.

    1. Angel Personalized Christmas Stocking

    Personalized Angel Christmas Stocking for GirlFor many parents, their little girl is their little angel. If this sounds like you, this personalized Christmas stocking featuring a smiling angel could be the perfect selection.

    This stocking is made of tan corduroy, and is accented with green and white poms, and red velvet cuff and toe. This stocking, like all of our Christmas character stockings, is hand sewn.

    The personalization on the cuff is included, and you’re able to choose the font and thread color you’d like.

    2. Wool Plaid Stocking with White Cuff

    Plaid Wool Christmas Stocking for GirlThis limited-edition, one-of-a-kind Christmas stocking is perfect for your unique little girl.

    This classic wool plaid stocking is made with red and black plaid fabric from Woolrich Woolen Mills, and is 100-percent made in Minnesota and crafted with extreme attention to detail.

    Like all of our personalized stockings, name embroidery is included and you’re able to choose the font and thread color you’d like.

    3. Needlepoint Christmas Stocking with Frosty

    Frosty the Snowman Christmas StockingIf your little girl loves playing in the snow, building snowmen and watching the classic Frosty the Snowman short film, this needlepoint Christmas stocking with Frosty deserves your consideration.

    Frosty boasts a wide coal smile and an upturned carrot nose, and his top hat is trimmed with red and seasonal holly. In the background, snowflakes fall across a blue winter sky, coating the evergreens with a blanket of snow

    When it comes to personalizing this stocking, you can choose from three stylish fonts: script, italic, or block.

    4. Ivory Quilted Soft Cotton Personalized Christmas Stocking

    Quilted Christmas Stocking If you’re looking to blend your little girl’s striking personality with stunning home decor, this ivory quilted Christmas stocking is a sublime choice.

    This classically styled stocking works with any color scheme and holiday decor theme, adding elegance, softness and sweetness to your home — just like your little girl.

    5. Dancer Personalized Stocking     

    Dancer Christmas Stocking for GirlsIf your little girl is a budding ballerina, this personalized dancer stocking could be the perfect way to represent her passion and talent.

    The stocking is made of soft white cotton and features a red cuff and toe box. The applique dancer is pictured on her toes at the bar of a studio as stars sparkle around her.

    6. Princess Personalized Stocking

    Princess Christmas StockingIf your little girl dreams of beautiful ballgowns, royal castles, and handsome princes, the Princess Personalized Stocking will be a perfect fit — just like Cinderella’s glass slipper.

    The stocking is made of soft white cotton and features a red cuff and toe box. The applique princess is dressed in a gorgeous pink gown with blue accents and accessories. She is standing on a bed of grass and stars in front an elegant castle.

    7. Cabin Series Penguin Stocking

    Penguin Christmas StockingThis rustic yet adorable Christmas stocking featuring a skiing penguin is perfect for your adventurous daughter.

    The cuff and toe are made of dark brown corduroy and are decoratively trimmed with red gingham bands above the toe and below the cuff. The stocking is hand sewn and personalization is included.

    8. Cableknit Personalized Christmas Stocking

    Cableknit Christmas Stocking in RedIf your daughter is a classic example of sweetness and sophistication, than this classic cableknit Christmas stocking is just the ticket.

    Available in red, green and white, this personalized stocking is carefully crafted from a soft cable knit material, while a pair of dainty pom poms adorn the plush cuff for a playful finish. Of course, have her name embroidered to give it a special and personal touch.

    Bonus: Bucilla Felt Christmas Stocking Kits

    Our DIY Bucilla Christmas stocking kits can be the ultimate way to create a stocking that is uniquely her own. Every kit comes with all of the materials you need to get crafting. Some of our favorite patterns for girls include:

    Sugar Plum Fairy Bucilla Christmas Stocking Kit

    Sugar Plum Fairy Bucilla Christmas Stocking Kit

    Christmas Tree Surprise Bucilla Christmas Stocking Kit

    Christmas Tree Surprise Bucilla Christmas Stocking Kit

    Fairy Sweets Bucilla Christmas Stocking Kit

    Fairy Sweets Bucilla Christmas Stocking Kit

    Find the Perfect Christmas Stocking for Your Little Girl

    From classic characters to simple and modern, MerryStockings offers a wide ranging selection of personalized Christmas stockings that any little girl will treasure. We invite you to shop all of our Christmas stockings.

  • How to Stuff Your Kids’ Christmas Stocking to the Brim for Under $15 Each

    When you’re a kid, the best Christmas morning moment is arguably the sight and subsequent opening of your overflowing Christmas stocking. After all, these little treasures were carefully selected by Santa Claus just for you.

    But now that you’re a parent — and Santa’s little helper — filling stockings and the space under the tree can get pretty spendy despite your best efforts to keep costs down. In fact, according to T. Rowe Price’s annual Parents, Kids & Money Survey from last year, more than half of parents say they never stick to their Christmas spending budget. Furthermore, 11 percent admit withdrawing from retirement accounts to pay for gifts.

    The good news is that with a little creativity — and the right inspiration — you can find great stocking stuffers for your young kids without breaking the bank. And we can prove it.

    Some of our team members visited one of the nation’s favorite shopping destinations — Target — to find cute, fun and personality-matched stocking stuffers with the goal of spending $15 or less per stocking. Now, we bring our finds to you in hopes of inspiring your stocking-stuffing efforts.

    For Your Princess

    Christmas Stocking Stuffers for Your PrincessSugar, spice and everything nice — if your little princess loves sparkle, shades of pinks and purples, and is over the moon for grown-up-like accessories, this combination is sure to make her eyes glimmer with love and excitement Christmas morning.

    Here we have a five-pack of glamorous lip balms ($3), bedazzled stamps that light up ($3), a darling tin carrying case with the words “Shimmer & Shine” written on it ($3), and an assortment of three Cat & Jack headbands ($5.99) to help your princess accessorize.

    Total cost before tax? $14.99.

    For the Young Artist

    If your child likes to draw, paint and create, then this mix of art supplies will not disappoint.

    This stocking stuffer collection features a coloring book ($1), three grab-n-go coloring kits ($3 total), bath paint ($1), scented markers ($1), and Play-Doh minis ($1).

    Total cost before tax? $7.

    For Your Superhero

    Since the 1940s, when the first superhero comic books were introduced, superheros have been common childhood obsessions for boys and girls alike.

    And now that many of these characters have come to life on the big screen, it’s easier than ever to find superhero-themed trinkets and gifts that are perfect stocking stuffers.

    In this Spiderman-themed stocking stuffer example, we have a ball cap ($3), wall tumblers ($3), finger flingers ($1), socks ($1), and a water-activated towel ($1).

    Total cost before tax? $11.

    For Your World Traveler

    If traveling is part of your family’s holiday plans, why not kill two birds with one stone by stuffing your kids’ stockings with goodies that can keep them entertained on the road?

    In this stocking stuffer example, we have two grab-n-go coloring kits ($2 total), a Moana-themed memory game ($3), Old Maid card game ($1), Play-Doh minis ($1), scented markers ($1), a Hershey chocolate bar ($1), and orange-flavored Tic Tacs ($1.19).

    Total cost before tax? About $10.

    For Your Fun-Seeker

    If your kid is always up for a game or looking for fun, why not fill their stocking with pure entertainment?

    Just as in our previous example, the Moana-themed memory game ($3) and the Old Maid playing cards ($1) are present. But we also have silly string ($2), a junior slinky ($1), a Daisy and Minnie-Mouse themed domino set ($3), and squishy play foam ($1).

    Total cost before tax? $11.

    Get Ready to Stuff

    Following our shopping excursion, our team members had these stocking stuffer shopping tips to pass on:

    • Shop with a theme. When you shop with a theme in mind (i.e. princess or superhero), those constraints will actually fuel your creativity, helping you avoid extra items in your car so you can keep your bill down.
    • Hit the clearance areas first. Regardless of your shopping destination, head for the known clearance or low-cost merchandise first (i.e. Target’s $1 spot). This will allow you to find several good items at low prices before you’re let loose in the rest of the store. However, be prepared to dig to find the gems you’re looking for.

    In need of a stocking to stuff? Take a peek at our beautiful collection of personalized Christmas stockings.

    What are some of your go-to stocking stuffers for young kids? Please share in the comments section below!

  • 11 Creative Ways to Hang Christmas Stockings When You Don’t Have a Fireplace

    The tradition of hanging Christmas stockings from the fireplace mantel has been around for centuries. After all, when old St. Nick shimmies down the chimney on Christmas Eve, we must ensure it’s easy for him to leave us our well-deserved treats and presents. However, for those without a fireplace, this tradition is impossible to carry out — or is it?

    At MerryStockings, we believe in putting our own personal stamp on Christmas traditions. So, if you don’t have a fireplace in you home, all you need is a little creativity to design the perfect Christmas stocking display.

    To fuel your creativity, below you’ll find some of our favorite ways and places to hang Christmas stockings in your home or apartment.

    1. Invest in a Classic Christmas Stocking Floor Stand

    Christmas Stocking Floor StandIf you’re looking for a quick and simple solution for hanging your Christmas stockings, investing in a floor stand is definitely it.

    Floor stands, like this one found on LTD Commodities, are fantastic options because they’re light and mobile, giving you freedom to hang your stockings wherever you like.

    They’re also very affordable. You can find a Christmas stocking floor stand for as little as $20.

    (Image Credit: LTD Commodities)

    2. DIY a Rustic Christmas Stocking Holder

    For those of you who love rustic decor and crafting, this DIY stocking holder project courtesy of Imperfectly Polished is for you.

    The good news? This easy Christmas craft requires just a handful of materials and supplies: pine boards, paint color of your choice, nails, nail gun, hangers, saw, and a drill.

    The better news? Jessie at Imperfectly Polished walks you through how to get it done in about 30 minutes.

    In addition, the finished product can be rested against a wall like shown or hung.

    (Image Credit: Imperfectly Polished)

    3. Transform Your Staircase Railing into a Stocking Showstopper

    If you want to create a showstopping focal point in your home and find a practical resting place for your Christmas stockings, utilize your staircase railing or banister.

    This beautifully decorated staircase comes from home improvement chain Lowe’s. We love it because It combines classic decor with pops of more contemporary blue and turquoise colors.

    In addition, the surrounding gifts and other seasonal knick knacks add more elegance and creativity to the scene.

    (Image Credit: Lowe’s via Pinterest)

    4. Upcycle a Wooden Ladder for a Farmhouse-Traditional Look

    Perhaps one of the most popular alternatives for hanging Christmas stockings is the stocking ladder.

    Upcycling an old or vintage ladder can provide the perfect mix of function and style, allowing you to create a simple or ornate stocking display anywhere in your home.

    Our featured example comes from Kelly Elko’s eclectic French country cottage-inspired Christmas post.

    What we love most about this example is its sweet simplicity, and the incorporation of the wreath topper and sprigs of evergreen over the stockings.

    (Image Credit: Kelly Elko, Love Where You Live)

    5. Welcome Guests with an Entryway Stocking Display

    If you live in a small home or apartment unit, make the most of your space by utilizing the entryway as your Christmas stocking headquarters.

    In this gorgeous example from Paint Me Pink, the Christmas stockings are accompanied by traditional Christmas decorations with a twist, including: a small Christmas tree, a chalkboard sign reading “Let It Snow,” a basket of ornaments, and a candy-cane striped scarf.

    (Image Credit: Paint Me Pink)

    6. Put the Christmas Stockings to Bed

    Your headboard, footboards, and bed posts all present easy and cute options for hanging your Christmas stockings.

    If you have kids, this is an especially excellent idea. Let’s face it. When they wake up on Christmas morning, the first place they’re heading is your bedroom to rouse you from a deep slumber. So, why not start the Christmas Day festivities watching your kiddos open their Santa goodies from the comfort of your bed?

    As for how to pull off the look, you can go bold or neutral. While we love bright and traditional colors in holiday decor, we can’t help but admire this bedroom Christmas stocking display example from Country Living featuring a mix of calming neutral colors.

    (Image Credit: Country Living)

    7. Leverage an Existing Shelf at the Center of Your Home

    We’re willing to bet that your walls are already home to a shelf or two. So, why not take advantage of what you already have to hang your Christmas stockings?

    This Christmas stocking shelf display courtesy of Tidbits is creative, rustic, and relatively easy to pull off.

    What we really love about this idea is that it’s set over the family room couch — one of the most important areas in the house for sitting back and enjoying the holiday season.

    (Image Credit: Tidbits)

    8. Use a Branch to Create a Rustic Wall Display

    If you’re looking for a simple, minimalistic, and rustic look for your Christmas stocking hanging display, this branch holder may be the best idea for you.

    As you can see from this example from POPSUGAR — in a post sponsored by everyone’s favorite retailer Target — it’s pretty darn easy to achieve this look.

    Scavenge the outdoors for the perfect branch, use a couple nails or hooks to hang, and then hang your stockings. Easy peasy.

    (Image Credit: POPSUGAR)

    9. Use the Back of a Dining Room Chair

    There may be no simpler way to create a Christmas stocking display than using your dining room chair backs as a hook.

    While hanging your stockings on chair backs needs no special instruction, we would recommend making an effort to tie your dining room table top into the decor. After all, you don’t want the stockings to look out of place.

    As you can see in our example from Remodelando la Casa, consider using an eclectic mix of decor items such as pine cones, ornament bulbs, sprigs of holly, holiday dishes, and so on to create a custom look.

    (Image Credit: Remodelando la Casa)

    10. Design a Faux Mantel in Any Room

    While you may not have a fireplace, you can recreate the look of a fireplace mantel using your existing furniture.

    This festive and unique example comes from The Faux Martha through a post that was sponsored by the one and only Pottery Barn. In the case of the author, Melissa, this display was set in her dining room and the stockings are hung from from the storage doors.

    But, from our perspective, we think something similar could find a place in your living room, family room, loft or home office.

    (Image Credit: The Faux Martha)

    11. Liven Up Your TV Stand

    Add some color, flair, and tradition to your television viewing area by using traditional Christmas stocking holders to hang stockings from the TV stand’s ledge.

    In our example from Honey We’re Home, the stockings are accompanied by some additional decor to tie everything together.

    (Image Credit: Honey We’re Home)

     

     

    No Mantel, No Problem

    As you can see from these beautiful examples, you don’t need a fireplace to create a stunning and functional Christmas stocking hanging display. You just need a little imagination.

    How do you display your Christmas stockings? Share your thoughts and ideas in the comments section below.

  • History of Christmas Stockings

    The role that Christmas stockings play in a family’s celebration of Christmas is not one to be taken lightly. Most adults vividly remember the pride of hanging their own personalized stocking as a child, and the excitement of discovering the small goodies left by Santa. But just how did this tradition come to be, and how has the tradition transformed over the years? Read on to find out.

    History of Christmas stockings

    Origins of the Christmas Stocking

    The origination of the Christmas stocking tradition dates back over, shortly after the legend of St. Nicholas took root in the early centuries A.D. Though there are no definitive explanations of how Christmas stockings came to be, several variations of this folktale have been circulated throughout history.

    The most popular story being of a poor and widowed Englishman and his the three daughters. The story says that St. Nicholas, known for his kindness and generosity, had discovered the family’s misfortune and set out to deliver an extravagant gift. On Christmas eve, St. Nicholas tossed three bags of gold coins down the family’s chimney, where they landed in the socks that were hung above the fireplace to dry.

    The story of the Christmas stockings fissured into several unique traditions. Some would hang their father’s wool socks (the bigger the better, of course), others would hang uniquely decorated sock-shaped bags. On Christmas Day, children around the world would awaken to find their stockings stuffed with small gifts and sweets.

    Today’s Christmas Stocking Traditions

    Today’s Christmas stockings are typically created in the shape of an oversized sock, and personalized for each individual in the family. Some feature simple names stitched at the top, others are hand-crafted works of art that portray the hobbies and interests of the cheerful individuals.

    In the last century, the tradition of Christmas stockings has relaxed, with families experimenting with the location, stocking stuffers, design and fabric. For those that want to venture away from the traditional placement above the fireplace, or for those that don’t have a fireplace, here are some popular alternatives:

    • Cascading down a staircase
    • Hanging from a DIY mantel
    • Perched atop your entertainment stand
    • Strung across an open wall

    One of the most interesting aspects of modern-day stocking stuffers is the individual practices passed down from generation to generation. Every Christmas, my father is absolutely adamant that each child receives an orange and a new toothbrush, nuzzled among handfuls of candy. This was the tradition passed down to him by his father, and the tradition that his grandfather bestowed upon his father. Each family has their own tradition of stocking stuffers, but the most common items used for stocking stuffers today are:

    • Candy
    • Jewelry
    • Fruit
    • Gift cards
    • Small toys or games
    • Books
    • Bath and beauty products

    When it comes to the fabric options for Christmas stockings, the most common types are wool, velvet, felt, quilted soft cotton, cozy cableknit and burlap. The fabric you choose for your Christmas stockings helps to guide the rest of your Christmas decor. For instance, velvet stockings are the perfect addition to a classic Christmas theme, while burlap stockings are a trendy statement in a modern or rustic theme. Below are examples of the most popular stocking fabrics.

  • 8 Christmas Stocking Ideas for Boys

    When it comes to Christmas decor, arguably the most important elements are the Christmas stockings. Think back to your own childhood Christmas - each person in the family had a stocking that represented something they loved - sports, animals, a special talent. And for most families, the same Christmas stocking was hung year after year, creating a special memory of the unique collection of stockings.

    When it comes to Christmas stockings for boys, choose one that’s high-quality to ensure it lasts through their most precious Christmas years, and one that’s unique to their personality or hobbies. Below are a collection of our favorite Christmas stockings for boys. Simply click on an image to learn more about each.

    Friendly Rudolph Christmas Stocking

    Capture the innocence of childhood with his favorite Christmas story character: Rudolph the Red-nosed Reindeer. The best part about this stocking is it arrives as a Christmas stocking kit - which means he can take pride in crafting his stocking together with grandma, mom or all by himself. The precious memories of creating his Rudolph stocking will be reignited with each Christmas the stocking is hung.

    View this Rudolph Christmas Stocking here.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Sports-Themed Christmas Stockings

    Whether they love to play or watch sports, boys absolutely love sports-themed stockings. One benefit of a sports-themed Christmas stocking is that kids typically favor a certain sport for most of their adolescence, so the theme will stay relevant through years of Christmases. This great collection features a young man playing his favorite sport, and can be customized with your boy’s name for free!

    View the Personalized Football, Basketball and Baseball Christmas stockings here.

     

     

     

     

     

    Nordic Blue Christmas Stocking

    The color blue has long been associated with boys, and a commonly referenced 2003 study confirms that blue continues to be the most popular color for males. The study showed that 57% of males surveyed claimed blue their favorite. If your Christmas decor theme lends itself to a more simplistic style of Christmas stockings, this Nordic themed wool stocking may be the perfect stocking for the boys in your family.

    View the Blue Nordic Wool Christmas Stocking here.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Daredevil Snowboarding Santa Stockings

    Do you have a snowboarder in the family? If your boy can be found “tearin’ it up” on the slopes, this is the perfect Christmas stocking to capture his passion. Pay close attention to the detail and quality in this snowboarding stocking kit - as the design includes a detailed winter lodge, chair lift and beautifully-placed sequins to capture the magical spirit of Christmas.

    View the Snowboarding Santa Stocking here.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Motorcycle Santa Christmas Stocking

    Boys can’t get enough of those planes, trains and automobiles - especially when that automobile is a decked out motorcycle! If your child enjoys playing with motorcycles, or looks up to a motorcycle-driving family member, this is the perfect Christmas stocking for him. Personalize the stocking by stitching his name into the white racing flag!

    View the Motorcycle Christmas Stocking here.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Choo Choo Train-The Candy Express Bucilla Stocking

    Ever since trains were invented over 200 years ago, little boys across the world have been fascinated with them. In this high-quality Bucilla Felt Christmas stocking kit, he’ll love seeing cheerful Frosty the Snowman in the conductor’s seat of an adorable holiday choo choo train.

    View the Candy Express Train Stocking here.

    BONUS! If you can’t get enough of this amazing holiday train design, consider complementing the stocking with a matching tree skirt and ornament set.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Football Santa Bucilla Christmas Stocking Kit

    A joyful Santa prepares to make his throw of the season on this festive football stocking! For the boy that loves Christmas cheer and football, the Football Santa Christmas Stocking is the perfect option. What makes this stocking even more fun is the fact it’s a Bucilla Stocking Kit. Take pride in crafting such an intricate and beautiful stocking that he will cherish for a lifetime.

    View the Football Santa Christmas Stocking here.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Fishing Santa Bucilla Christmas Stocking Kit

    The camaraderie between a father and son, or a grandfather and grandson that develops while fishing is not to be taken lightly. Whether the boy in your life fishes as a hobby, or just on special father-son occasions, this Fishing Santa Christmas Stocking will bring joy to his heart every time he sees it.

    View the Fishing Santa Christmas Stocking here.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Whether the special boy in your life loves sports, a favorite Christmas character or a certain hobby, MerryStockings.com has the perfect Christmas stocking for him. To browse our full collection of Christmas Stockings, visit any of the links below:

    Personalized Christmas Stockings           Christmas Stocking Kits

  • Making My First Bucilla Felt Stocking Kit – Cording

    A Bucilla kit construction question I often get is how to make and tack cording on to a kit. There are quite a few Bucilla kits that require cording either in the design or as hangers for ornaments.

    You make cording by twisting up the floss provided in the kit.  To do this well, you will need

    • Scotch tape
    • An ink pen with an arm on it
    • A full, 36” length of floss (all six strands)
    • A table, or other hard surface

     

    Step 1:  Knot the end of one 36” length of floss.  Tape the end with the knot to the edge of a table.

    Bucilla Stocking kits cording tutorial step 1

    Step 2:  Twist the floss tightly by turning it. I twisted it many, many, many times to make it tight.

    Bucilla Stocking kits cording tutorial step 2

    Step 3:  Holding the twisted floss taught in one hand, I hooked the arm of the pen on the floss and slid it to the middle, folding the floss in half and hold both ends of the floss together on the table.

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    Step 4:  Keep hold of the ends and let the pen go.  The weight of the pen should twist the two halves of the floss together.

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    Step 5:  Once the pen stops twirling, pull it out (Keep holding the two ends together).

    Step 6:  Knot the two ends of the floss together.

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    Here is a video:

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    Finished cording:

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    Most kits will tell you the lengths of cording you will need.  For instance, the Over the Rooftops kit requires a 2", a 7", and a 9" length of cording. Make sure you make TWO KNOTS before cutting a length of floss or it will unravel!

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    Now, how do you attach this cording to your stocking?  If you want to hide the knots, I have heard of folks using a large-eyed needle (like a chenille needle) and actually threading the cording (like you would any floss) through the back of the felt and back down like you might any straight stitch. Be cautious! This large needle will make a bigger hole in your felt, so it is important to go slowly and get it right the first time. You might also be able to hide the knots between two layers of felt before stitching them down. (For instance, you could hide the knot for the beginning of the reigns on the Over the Rooftops Bucilla Christmas stocking kit kit underneath Santa's mittens).

    Once you have the cording in the place you want, use one strand of the same color floss as the cording to make some small tack stitches along the cording to hold it in place. These stitches should blend right in with the cording.

    Please add comments if you have tricks or tips on making and attaching cording. We’d love to hear from you.

    Kirsten

     

     

  • Making My First Bucilla Felt Stocking Kit – Adding a Name

    I am happy to report that I’ve finished the front of my Jolly St. Nick Bucilla felt stocking kit!  I’m so happy with the way it turned out.  

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    I did deviate from the instructions slightly.  The instructions say to only sew the top edge of each beard layer.  I decided to sew the layers of Santa’s beard down at the bottom as well and fill them with a bit of fiber fill. That’s the great thing about these kits . . . you can alter them and make them your own if you’d like.

    The next step is to personalize my stocking by adding a name at the top.  Included in the instructions for the kit is an alphabet. The instructions say:

    “Resize the alphabet on copier if needed. Place tracing paper on enclosed alphabet and trace name, pin paper to indicated area and sew through the paper, carefully tearing paper away.”

    Tracing paper is not included in the kit, so I purchased some at a craft store. I put the tracing paper over the provided alphabet and, without resizing the alphabet, I traced the letter R.

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    Then I placed this tracing paper on top of my stocking front to see how it will look.

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    I decided that I like the size of the provide alphabet, so I’m not going to resize it on a copier.  I also decided I wanted the letters to curve a bit to mimic the edge of Santa’s hat. So, I drew a curved line to follow when I traced the rest of the letters.

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    I finished tracing the letters off of the alphabet in the instructions, making sure each letter touched the ones around it, so it looked like cursive writing.

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    Next I pinned the tracing paper right on to the stocking.

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    The instructions provided by Bucilla do not say what type of stitch to use to embroider a name.  I’ve heard of people using the outline stitch or a stem stitch, and I think this is probably the stitch used to make the name look like the photo on the front of the kits. But I wanted something a bit thicker looking. I opted for the chain stitch using all 6 strands of embroidery floss. This gives a braided appearance.  Follow this link to my tutorial on the chain stitch (or just keep scrolling down):

    http://www.merrystockings.com/blog/making-my-first-bucilla-felt-stocking-kit-embroidery-stitches-102/2016/08/12/

    I started stitching right on top of my tracing paper.

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    And when I was finished, I started to carefully pull away the tracing paper.  I used a tweezers to carefully pull at some of the tiny pieces of paper stuck between stitches.

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    Here's the final product:

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    I also chose to add some more light green sequins around the name.

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    Here is a list of some other ways I have heard our customers use to add names to their Bucilla stocking kits:

    • Take the stocking front into an embroidery shop and have it machine embroidered
    • Use cut-out felt letters and sew them on
    • Use sequins to create the name
    • My grandmother used gold cording that she tacked on to create my name

    If you know of others, please leave a comment!  I’d love to hear how you personalize your Bucilla stocking kit.

    Kirsten

     

    P.S.  I've received some requests for a tutorial on making cording and tacking it down.  Although my Jolly St. Nick kit doesn't require cording, I will tackle this in my next blog. Feel free to send me any tips (kirsten@merrystockings.com)!

  • Making My First Bucilla Felt Stocking Kit – French Knots

    Perhaps one of the embroidery stitches that I hear gives Bucilla kit makers the most trouble is French knots. I’ve now tried my hand at this knot, and they are tricky to keep consistent. But after some online research and a lot of practice, I think I’ve got it.

    The key, I think, is that a French knot is a two-hand job. I found setting the felt I’m embroidering on a table worked best for me, so I could have two free hands. Of course practice makes perfect, and I practiced many, many French knots on scraps of felt. Here are step-by-step instructions with illustrations.

     

    STEP 1: Tie a few knots at the end of the floss and pull it up through the felt at the spot you want a French knot.

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    STEP 2: Hold the floss a few inches from the felt with your left hand (if you are right handed), and the needle with your right hand.

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    STEP 3: Wrap the floss around the needle a couple of times (using your left hand). If you want a bigger knot, you can wrap the floss around the needle three times.

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    STEP 4:  Still holding the floss with your left hand, point the needle down near the same spot you came up.

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    STEP 5: While pulling the needle through the felt, keep some tension on the floss with your left hand. This helps keep the knot tight. But, if you pull too hard with your left hand, it will be difficult to get the needle through the knot. (I found keeping the right amount of tension to hold the floss is probably the hardest part of making consistent French knots.)

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    STEP 6:  Keep pulling the thread down, until . . . .

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    STEP 7: You have a French knot!

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    Here’s a quick video that might be helpful as well.

    [video width="1280" height="720" mp4="http://www.merrystockings.com/wp/wp-content/uploads/2016/10/French-Knot.mp4"][/video]

     

    If all else fails, some customers choose to use a bead in lieu of a French knot on a Bucilla kit.  But, if you use two hands and hold a little tension on the floss as you pull, I think you’ll get the hang of a French knot in no time.

    I am still working away on my Jolly St. Nick kit. It’s been fun watching Santa come to life!

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    And, as always, if you have any tips about making French knots, please leave a comment! My next blog will tackle fringe . . . so I’d love any tips/photos you might have about sewing fringe as well.

    Kirsten

     

  • Making My First Bucilla Felt Stocking Kit – Embroidery Stitches 102

    In my last blog I talked about the embroidery stitches that are used in my Jolly St. Nick Bucilla felt applique stocking kit. They were the Straight Stitch, the Running Stitch, the Outline Stitch, and the Back Stitch.  Now, I’m going to talk about some more embroidery stitch used on Bucilla felt kits.

    In this blog, I’m going to illustrate the Satin Stitch, the Lazy Daisy Stitch, the Chain Stitch, and the Blanket Stitch.

     

    Satin Stitch

    I think of the satin stitch as sort of a “filler” stitch, because it uses many straight stitches to fill in a shape. For instance, the Melt Your Heart Bucilla felt stocking kit uses the satin stitch to create the snowman’s orange nose.

    To satin stitch, you start at one end of the shape, making straight stitches in the same direction and very close together so you do not see any felt between the stitches. You just keep creating straight stitches until the shape is filled with floss.

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    Lazy Daisy Stitch

    The Lazy Daisy Stitch is often used to make a petal shape in Bucilla kits. It is used in the Nordic Christmas Tree Advent Calendar on the sleigh ornaments. If you search online, you can find many tutorials on making this stitch.  I am showing you only one way (which is also the beginning stitch of the chain stitch below).  I found that by making the anchor stitch that holds down the loop first, I can get a more accurate loop that covers the line printed on the felt.

    So, first create a tiny anchor stitch at the top of the petal shape. Then bring the floss up through the bottom of the petal shape, then slide your needle and floss through the anchor stitch to make a loop, bringing the stitch back down at the same point you started.

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    Chain Stitch

    The Chain Stitch is making a line of Lazy Daisy Stitches that end up looking like a chain. The Sugar Plum Fairy Bucilla felt stocking kit uses a chain stitch as a white outline around the gingerbread figures. I know there are many ways to create a chain stitch, but I found this method online which works the chain stitch backwards. I think it is really easy, so I’m passing it along to you.

    Like the Lazy Daisy Stitch, begin by creating a small anchor stitch at the beginning of the line you want to embroider. Move your needle down the line and come up to start creating the petal shape stitches that make up the chain stitch. Slide your needle through your anchor stitch and bring the needle back down at the same spot you started. Next, move your needle down the line and come up to create the next petal shape stitch, trying to space the stitches evenly. For this stitch, you slide your needle through the last chain stitch you made, and bring the stitch back down where you started.

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    [video width="1280" height="720" mp4="http://www.merrystockings.com/wp/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/Chain-Stitch.mp4"][/video]

     

     

    Blanket Stitch

    The Blanket Stitch is a decorative way to secure two pieces of felt together or to finish an edge. The stitch creates a line of floss that runs the edge of the fabric. Take a look at the Santa Bucilla Advent Calendar. This kit uses a blanket stitch along the edge of Santa’s beard and the pom-pom of Santa’s hat.

    To start a blanket stitch, bring your needle up through the top felt piece only (about a ¼ of an inch from the edge), so you can bury the knot between the two layers of felt. Loop around the edge of the felt and come up through both layers of felt (you are creating an anchor stitch). Now slide your needle through this loop, so you are starting with the floss strung through the loop. This is your anchor stitch.

    Next, bring your needle down through both layers of felt about a ¼ of an inch away and the same distance (about a ¼ of an inch) from the edge to start the next stitch.  The key to making the blanket stitch is to make sure your needle is IN FRONT of the loop you are creating when you pull the stitch tight. This creates that line of floss that runs along the edge of the felt seam. When you pull the stitch tight (but not too tight), your floss should once again be through the loop you made. Keep repeating steps 4 and 5, working to keep your stitches even. Remember to keep your needle in front of the floss loop when pulling your stitch tight.

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    [video width="1280" height="720" mp4="http://www.merrystockings.com/wp/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/Blanket-Stitch.mp4"][/video]

     

    I’ve been working away at my Jolly St. Nick Bucilla stocking kit. It is fun watching the design come to life. I’ve done a bit of stuffing of the pieces, and I am learning the fine art of making my applique stitches evenly spaced. The nice thing about felt applique is that the felt is very forgiving. I have made a few mistakes, but I was easily able to pull out the floss and try again.

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    There are still more embroidery stitches to learn! I will keep on ticking through the stitches used in Bucilla kits.

    Kirsten

     

     

  • Making My First Bucilla Felt Stocking Kit – Embroidery Stitches 101

    In my last blog I talked about attaching sequins and beads to embellish a Bucilla felt stocking kit. These kits also have you do a bit of embroidery work to create patterns, faces, outlines, and even the name you will put on the stocking to personalize it.

    In the Jolly St. Nick kit, the Color/Symbol Guide says I will use an outline stitch, a back stitch, a straight stitch, and a running stitch (as well as the applique stitch to sew felt pieces together). The Guide provides you with a symbol that tells you the stitch and color of thread you should use. It also tells you how many strands of floss to use for each stitch.

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    I do not have much experience with embroidery. I imagine some of these stitches take a little patience and practice. While the Bucilla instructions do include an illustration of each stitch, I thought it might be nice to have some step-by-step instructions for creating the stitches used in Bucilla felt appliqué kits.

     

    Straight Stitch

    This is the most basic of stitches.  If you think of the line you are stitching as having lettered points, the straight stitch is just going up at point A (the beginning of the line) and down at point B (the end of the line) to create one straight stitch.

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    Running Stitch

    A running stitch is like making a dashed line . . . leaving a space between each stitch.  In a Bucilla felt kit, the felt is actually printed with a dashed line, so you know exactly where to stop and start each stitch. Here is an illustration of the running stitch.

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    Back Stitch

    The backstitch creates a solid line using multiple stitches. If you looked closely, you would see where each stitch starts and stop. It’s called the back stitch because you work backwards, starting your first stitch a stitch’s length from the end of the line and sewing back toward the start of the line. Here’s an illustration and video of a back stitch.

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    [video width="1280" height="720" mp4="http://www.merrystockings.com/wp/wp-content/uploads/2016/06/Back-Stitch-2.mp4"][/video]

     

     

     

    Outline Stitch

    The outline stitch makes a thicker, tight line with little separation between stitches visible.

    If you think of the line you wish to outline stitch as having lettered points, you would go up at point A, down at point C, up at point B (half way between the stitch you just made), down at point D, etc. Each time you come up to start a new stitch, you push the last stitch above your needle so your working floss is always above the line you are stitching. You don’t poke your needle through the floss of your last stitch (this would be a split stitch). You start each stitch slightly below the last. Below is an illustration and a short video of the outline stitch.

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    [video width="1280" height="720" mp4="http://www.merrystockings.com/wp/wp-content/uploads/2016/06/Outline-Stitch-2.mp4"][/video]

     

    These are the four embroidery stitches used in the Jolly St. Nick Bucilla stocking kit.  If you want more examples of how to do these stitches, just search the web. There are many, many embroidery tutorials available online.

    I am slowly working on my kit (I took a bit of a break to learn embroidery stitches!).  Here’s a picture of my kit in its current state. I used the straight stitch with light green floss on the lower half of the white border, and the running stitch with darker green floss on the top half.

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    In my next blog, I will illustrate more embroidery stitches that different Bucilla kits use (like the chain stitch and a French knot). As always, any tips and tricks you give me are appreciated!

    Kirsten

     

     

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