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Best Christmas Stocking Kits
Craft Kits to Make a Unique Christmas Stocking
Yes, you can create a beautiful handmade Christmas stocking for someone you love!
Whether you prefer the bold bright colors of felt applique stocking, the subtle needlework and cross stitch styles (like the counted cross stitch kit for the shown here), you'll find the best stocking kits here, with all the materials and embellishments you need to complete a craft project to decorate your home or give as a treasured gift. Sledding Snowmen Stocking
If knitting and crochet are more your speed than needlework, there are unique kits that come with all you need for your craft, too. And for knitters and crochet fans who already have a good supply of yarn on hand, you'll find patterns for festive stockings, too.
No matter your skill level or experience with sewing and crafting, there's a Christmas stocking kit to suit.
Felt Applique Kits
The two brand names that come to mind first for felt applique Christmas stocking kits, if your hobby is arts and crafts, would likely be Bucilla (or at least its parent company, Plaid) and Dimensions. Bucilla is best known for its bright embellished felt applique projects - especially the holiday kits - while Dimensions is a familiar and trusted brand for crafters in a wide range of needlework and stitchery.
Bucilla Felt Christmas Stocking Kits
This photo shows "The Workshop" (left) and "Tree Shopping" felt stocking kits, finished and hanging ready for Santa to visit.
Bright colored felt fabric, lavishly embellished with embroidery, beads, and sequins, the Bucilla Christmas stockings are surprisingly easy to make from the all-inclusive kits, although you'll need to plan ahead if you're making it for a gift and want to be done in time for Santa Claus to come fill them up! The great amount of detail in these kits means they do take an investment of time - but if you're looking for a felt applique stocking that your loved one will love to use every Christmas Eve for years to come, these beauties are a time-tested choice.
Dimensions Felt Christmas Stocking Kits - Quick and Easy
If you're looking for a kit to make a bright and modern Christmas stocking in an eye-catching contemporary style, take a look at the Dimensions line. Pre-cut pieces with holes punched in make it a breeze to put together a personalized Christmas stocking for that special someone. Thread, needle, and easy-to-follow instructions are included in each kit along with the multi-colored die-cut felt pieces.
This one's my favorite Dimensions kit right now, a fun and funky take on an elf boot with pointed toe and dangly trim, in red and pink polka dots with green and white stripes. Fun and modern, this kicky little Christmas stocking goes together quickly. How about this for a unique hostess gift, stuffed with a bottle of wine or a selection of homemade treats?
Needlepoint is one of the first crafts I learned to do as a child, and it's still one of the leisure activities I find most relaxing. Once you get the hang of the basic needlepoint method, it can go along quickly and easily - depending on the complexity of the design and how fine a thread or yarn you're working with, of course.
A needlepoint project done in soft muted tones and fine stitches has a wonderful vintage look that echoes the magic of Christmas past - it can almost look like a painting from a distance. Needlepoint is often used for bold graphical designs as well, and the way the yarn is worked in needlepoint means that some finished pieces can tend to be fairly robust, compared to other needle crafts. No doubt that's why we so often find needlepoint used in footstools and throw pillows, household décor that gets some active use, not only in special-use table linens and decorative arts like wall hangings.
Very fine needlepoint work is known as petit point, by the way, and interesting effects can often be achieved by combining the two techniques. But that's a topic for another day.
Let's get back to the Christmas stocking kits!
Best Needlepoint Christmas Stocking Kits
In the world of cross stitch craft kits, Dimensions is the clear leader for the quality of the materials and instructions, as well as their unique designs. As well, I find this company has the broadest range of designs available, meaning that it is easy to find the perfect stocking to make for each and every person in your family. Here are a couple of my current favorites to give you a taste.
Penguins were never as cuddly and cute as this pair in red scarf and Santa hat, on a background of blue-on-blue snowflakes. Personalized with your child's name in bold red letters at the top of the stocking, this cross stitch Christmas stocking kit is a future heirloom to bring a smile.
Bright and bold with a sophisticated take on primary colors, the Happy Snowman is the very picture of the joy of the festive season, wearing a bright patterned coat and stocking cap with a pompom on the end. In the background, a blue swirl of stars and snow gives an added energy to the image. Again, you can personalize your work of art for the recipient by working his or her name in a band at the top of the stocking, where the soft green color matches the rounded toe.
How to Needlepoint - Video Tutorial
If you're a beginner at needlepoint, here's a handy introduction to set you off right with your needlepoint Christmas stocking kit - and any other needlepoint project you might want to make in the future.
Care and Keeping of Handmade Needlepoint Christmas Stockings
One more thing about needlepoint, it lasts and looks good for years to come - a real consideration if you're dreaming of having your handicraft displayed in a museum some day in the far future, or even if you just hope that your grandchildren's children will get the same pleasure from hanging these stockings each year that the current generation does right now.
Before you store the handmade Christmas stockings away for the season, just give a gentle brush to remove any dust from the yarn stitches and damp-sponge any spots that sticky little fingers may have left behind.
The same care instructions apply to any handcrafted Christmas stocking, including those made in cross stitch, a dainty traditional kind of needle craft that fits well with the warm sense of nostalgia we enjoy in the holiday season.
Cross Stitch Kits for Christmas Stockings
When we talk about Cross Stitch needlework, there are two different approaches to choose from, and you'll find kits for both.
In counted cross stitch you work out the pattern by counting threads of the canvas or Aida cloth, following a chart. In printed cross stitch the pattern is already printed on the canvas, so you don't have to worry about keeping track - it's a bit like a paint-by-numbers kit, only you fill in the colors with X's of thread.
Printed cross stitch would seem like a good way to introduce a beginner to the technique, you might think, but I've found the printing process is never all that precise on fabric or canvas and trying to guess where the colors are meant to go can actually make the project more frustrating.
Counted cross stitch is very much more popular, and that's what most of the really good kits are - plus, once you're a whiz at counted cross stitch, you can easily start to develop your own original patterns, too!
Old-Fashioned Country Winter Scene - My Favorite Counted Cross Stitch Stocking Kit
Personalized with the child's name, this is a sweet gift. The illustration reminds me of Currier and Ives paintings you so often used to see on calendars and greeting cards in the holidays, years ago.
Incredible detail and subtle color shading makes this charming winter scene a real work of art. Not for the impatient maker of Christmas stockings, or for anyone in a hurry! If this form of needlework is your true passion and you love the holiday season, however, do take a close look at this kit.
Knit and Crochet
Crochet Patterns - for Christmas Stocking
In this crochet pattern book, author/designer Grace Kaplan gives you instructions to craft 15 unique Christmas stockings, as variations on one simple stocking pattern. There's no end to the variety of stockings you can crochet based on her basic pattern.
Knitted Christmas Stocking Kits - Elegant Heirlooms
I've just discovered the most amazing kits for knitting a unique Christmas stocking, with a couple dozen (!) different patterns to choose from. The kits are complete with yarn, embellishments, and charted instructions - all you need is the needles. The knitting chart with the kit is printed in full color so its easy to follow, and an alphabet is included so you can personalize the stocking with a name or message. Here's the knitted Christmas stocking kit I've got my eye on:
This gorgeous angel is just one of the Elegant Heirloom kits, each one more lovely than the last. Each kit comes with everything you need to make a knitted stocking about 7 inches wide by 23 inches long (that's got to be large enough for the most generous of Santa's helpers!) from the yarn (100% wool) to novelty yarns and beads for embellishment.
Knitting Patterns for Christmas Stockings
But then, if you are like most knitters, you've probably got a good stash of yarn leftover from other projects - so perhaps you need a pattern instead of a full kit, so you can use your own supplies to knit your Christmas stocking.