Craft Time: Making Personalized Stockings

by Cate on December 8, 2009

Ready for Santa

Years ago, before I got married, eager to start our own Christmas traditions, I bought stockings.  I bought one for me, The Husband, my stepdaughter and a few extra.  I didn’t know how many kids we would have (I wanted six.  Some days I still do.), and I wanted to make sure everyone had a matching stocking.  Even though “everyone” wasn’t here yet.  They were traditional red and green stockings, but we personalized them a bit.  By we, I mean my mom.  Have I mentioned I don’t sew?  I don’t.  Have no idea how.  Although I would love to learn.  In the new year.  In my free time.  She sewed a different type of contrasting fabric across the top cuff of the stocking and then we she wrote each person’s name on it.  Nick and Madeline weren’t born yet, so theirs were added later, carefully saving the fabric and the pen until years later.

Flash forward twelve (!) years later, it was time for something different.  I’ve grown a bit tired of the traditional red and green, and barring that, I think it was time for a change.  A fresh start.  With our stockings.

It started with these plain cream-colored quilted stockings I bought at Target.  $9.99 each.  It took two different Targets to find four of them.  I would really love to find another one or two.  Because you never know.

Prep Time

Although I loved the stockings, they needed a little something extra.  At first I bought these personalized silver monogram ornaments, and had planned to attach them to the stocking, and then adding some color with buttons.  But then my mom remembered these wire beaded letter ornaments that Martha Stewart made a few years ago.  How could I forget?


This past weekend, we got to work.

I returned the monogram ornaments, but before I did, I made a copy of the letters we needed, so we’d have an easy guide to reference when forming our own free-form letters.

My grandmother did beading many years ago and my mom inherited masses and masses of sequins and beads, perfect for this project.

Masses of Sequins

The wire was 99 cents for a package from A.C. Moore.  To give the letters a little extra sparkle, we beaded one wire with tiny beads, and one wire with longer beads, and then we twisted them together.  Once the ends were secured, we formed the letters.  My mom did the end securing, I did the shaping.  Then she sewed the letters on the cuff of each stocking.

Threading the Sequins

But that wasn’t enough.  Although I loved the clean look of the cream-colored stockings, I wanted to add a bit of color, so out came my button jars.  Each stocking got its own color. I was brave and gave Madeline the pink one.

Think Pink

Madeline's Stocking

A smattering of buttons was hot-glued to the top, and the toe of the stocking.  I tried not to burn myself. while my mom tried not to prick her finger and bleed on the cream-colored stockings.  Only one of us was successful.

Button Button Who's Got the Button

I love the finished result.  So clean, fresh, yet still festive.

They’re hanging from the mantle by these silver stocking hangers I got years ago from Target.

The Stockings Were Hung by the Chimney With Care

I think eventually, just to give them a little more strength, I’ll sew the buttons on. I can handle that. In my free time.

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Casey December 8, 2009 at 8:35 pm

Love, love, love these. Cute and timeless!


mandy December 8, 2009 at 10:22 pm

I love the stockings! My mom needlepointed stockings for my brother and I when we were babies, we still use those stocking all these years later. It woudlnt be christmas without them.


Sarah Caron December 9, 2009 at 12:20 am

Love them! What a classy, beautiful way to personalize your stockings and make them your own. Wonderful ideas!


Jennifer December 9, 2009 at 12:36 am

Adorable project! I am glad I’m not the only one who wants “extras” so its all matchy matchy. We have one for me, one for DH, 2 for my step boys, 2 for the pets and 2 for the hypothetical future children. We only want one, but I made two just in cases its twins!


Joanne December 9, 2009 at 7:15 am

These are adorable! Buttons are the first thing I learned how to sew (the only thing actually) and so when I was little I “made” a whole sweatshirt covered in buttons. And I was SO proud of it. Thanks for bringing back the memories.


Kalynskitchen December 9, 2009 at 10:57 am

Love the new stockings. I wish I lived close by because I’d love to teach you how to sew. (Did you know I was Betty Crocker Homemaker of Tomorrow in high school. Yes, I can sew!)


Cathy December 9, 2009 at 11:54 am

I love the buttons on the stocking!


Laura December 9, 2009 at 12:00 pm



Kris #40 December 9, 2009 at 12:42 pm

Love them!


Ash December 9, 2009 at 4:21 pm

These are awesome!!


Claire December 9, 2009 at 7:03 pm

These are SO cute! What a good idea…my mom (i think) made stocking for all of us as well. She cross stitched the cuffs with our names and a picture. Mine is an angel. Don’t remember what the others are. I love the buttons…something that everyone can help do.


Magda December 9, 2009 at 7:30 pm

Very nice!


Nancy December 11, 2009 at 11:57 pm

Oh wow… love the simple white color, the jar of buttons and the sparkly initial. Heavenly….


Dawn December 15, 2009 at 10:05 am

Love this idea!!! My mom has made us all those stockings that you buy at Wal-mart and put together with much skill. I am NOT that skillful. Takes lots of work!!

I love these and thanks for the tutorial. Always looking for a new fun project.

Have a Blessed and Merry CHRISTmas,


Jeri December 15, 2009 at 10:48 am

Love the stockings – creative and beautiful!


Flora January 20, 2010 at 2:34 am

My mother left me a precious jar of her favorite buttons. Now I know what to do with them so they can be on display. Thanks.


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