Making Christmas a Little More Manly

Cut the frills with this stocking project and also make something to hang it from.

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Christmas Memories

Masculine Christmas Stockings

Materials and Tools:

clothing (corduroy pants, a plaid wool shirt)
stocking template
pins
pinking shears
fabric glue

Steps:

1. Pin the template over the clothing. Cut around the template and repeat for the back piece (use pinking shears so the edges won't unravel if using glue rather than a sewing machine).

2. Stitch the two pieces together with right sides together and turn. Or, for a no-sew version, use fabric glue to secure the front and back.

3. Remove the back pocket of the pants and sew or glue it to the stocking front to hold a present.

4. For the cuff, cut out two rectangular pieces of fabric and create a tube by sewing along the two sides. Fold it over (in half) with right sides facing out and pin it to the inside top edge of the stocking. Stitch it in place, and then fold the fabric to the front. For the no-sew version, glue a piece of the pant leg (it's already a tube) in place, and then fold it over.

5. Attach a hanger to either version using the hammer loop of the pants or a piece of the shirt collar.

Pipe Stocking Hanger

Materials and Tools:

antique or new pipes
oak lumber
miter saw
220-grit sandpaper
5-pound flat metal weight
screws
drill
wood glue
nail gun
5/16" wooden dowels
rubber mallet
felt
spray adhesive

Steps:

1. The hanger consists of the front board and two back pieces. Cut the front piece to the desired size using a miter saw and sand the edges smooth.

2. Cut the two back pieces to the same length as the front. The key to the entire project is to sandwich a metal plate between these pieces so the hanger won't fall off the mantel when the stockings are added. To make the groove, run one back piece through the table saw until it's as wide as the metal weight. Slip the weight into the groove, and then attach the two boards using screws after drilling pilot holes. Attach the front board to the back boards using wood glue and nails.

3. Drill pilot holes into the front panel at each pipe location and tap a dowel into each hole (the dowels should be cut so they come out 1/2 inch from the board). Take the pipes apart and glue the main section over the dowels, making sure each is upright.

4. Use spray adhesive to attach a piece of felt to the bottom of the back board and the back of the front facing to protect the mantel.

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