Send a Christmas Stocking: A Handsewn Gift for Far Away Friends & Family

Handmade Christmas stockings are fun sewing projects to whip up during the holiday season. I love to stitch them up, fill them with all sorts of small goodies, and send them to friends and family members who are far away or can't make it home for the holidays.

Here's a roundup of quick and easy stocking patterns to stitch up for your friends and family who are both near and far this holiday season:

Three Christmas stockings

Photo via Bluprint instructor Jen Hagedorn

Christmas stockings in fun holiday fabrics:

The fresh, modern fabrics make these stockings very appealing, and the elf toe version adds a whimsical, festive touch to the stocking tradition.

Get the Fabric Christmas Stockings pattern.

Reindeer Snowman Christmas Stockings

Photo via Bluprint member SHDesigns

Reindeer and snowman stockings:

Don't you love the cute Santa and reindeer appliquéd on these stockings by SHDesigns ? You could appliqué by hand using the blanket stitch, or try one of your machine embroidery stitches for a quicker version.

Get the Reindeer & Snowman Christmas Stockings pattern.

Lined Burlap Christmas Stockings

Photo via Bluprint member Studio Cherie

 Lined burlap Christmas stockings:

Burlap home decor accessories are all the rage, and I also love how Studio Cherie  captured the holiday sentiments across the stocking cuffs. Adorable!

Get the Lined Burlap Christmas Stockings pattern.

Candy Cane Christmas Stocking

Photo via Bluprint member Arkathwyn

Candy cane Christmas stocking:

Classy and elegant comes to mind when you see this beautiful red velvet stocking embellished with ruffles and trims to resemble a candy cane.

Get the Candy Cane Christmas Stocking pattern.

Felt Christmas Stocking

Photo via Little Black Duck  

Felt Christmas stocking:

If you are short on time, try whipping up a fast and easy felt stocking, like this one by Little Black Duck . You can free-motion the lettering and the thread accents on the toe and heel, too.

Get the Felt Christmas Stocking pattern.

Cuffed Christmas Stocking Pdf Pattern

Photo via Bluprint member AdoriesDesigns  

Cuffed Christmas stockings:

I love the black and red color combination on these cuffed stockings, and the buttons add just the right embellishment on these modern-looking designs.

Get the Christmas Stocking pattern.

Gingerbread Boy Girl ChristmasStocking

Photo via Bluprint member SHDesigns

Gingerbread stockings:

A darling, traditional gingerbread cookie theme by SHDesigns . Another chance to practice your hand blanket-stitch!

Get the Gingerbread Boy Girl Christmas Stocking pattern.

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Have you heard about the Christmas Stocking for our Troops program?

AdoptaPlatoon is an organization that coordinates sending care packages to U.S. troops stationed abroad. Their Christmas Stockings from Santa to our Troops campaign helps send a little cheer to men and women in the armed services who are unable to make it home for the holidays.

Interested in participating?

It's easy! All you have to do is make or purchase a Christmas stocking, fill it up with special treats, and pop it in the mail (be sure to attach a Bluprint gift tag , too!) Learn more about the Christmas Stockings from Santa program . If you are interested in sending a stocking, simply fill out the new supporter application form . You must include the word  "STOCKING" in the comments box on the application form. The Adopt-a-Platoon Team will contact you with the name and address of a soldier overseas. The deadline for mailing is Thursday, December 12, 2013. [/box]

Be sure to post pictures of your finished stockings -- we all want to see what you create!

How do you give back during the holiday season?

December 01, 2013
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Send a Christmas Stocking: A Handsewn Gift for Far Away Friends & Family