I wanted our little family to have matching stockings. See when you get married the first thing you want to do during the Christmas season is to buy matching stockings. Only problem? Then you have kids, and you can't find stockings to match the originals. Then you're not sure how many kids you'll have... so it was just a dilemma all around.
We've lived with mis-matched stockings for 5 years. And I'm over it. I couldn't imagine spending another Christmas with mis-matched stockings. Silly? a little.
I started on Pinterest getting ideas. This is the best tutorial I found. Most tutorials I found used interfacing or some sort of padded layer between the outside and inside layer. I really didn't want to make this any more difficult than it should have been which is why I loved this tutorial. I used my mom's baby stocking (which was ruined from moisture) as the template- just to throw a little meaning into the project.
Next came the actual holder. We don't have a fire place. Santa uses a magic key to get into our house. I grabbed a scrap board we had in our wood pile sitting in our wood pile and stained it with a walnut stain. (the stain was left over from our table make-over). Staining was 100xs easier than 2-3 coats of paint. I stained one evening and it dried over night. I grabbed 3 2-packs of oil rubbed bronze hooks from walmart (they were less than $3 each) and attached them to the dried board.
I couldn't "claim" the saying since it obviously come from "The Night Before Christmas" but I also couldn't clain the idea- so there it is!
I have one thing left to do on this project before I can call it done. Instead of embroidering our names, I am going to use the Silhouette heat transfer kit to put our names. It'll look like vinyl on the stockings, but it will be permanent like the silkscreen on a t-shirt. Hurry Amazon prime!