Stockings are a great way of giving gifts without having to wrap each item. These homemade stockings can be customized by sewing on a decorative bow, an individual's initials or fabric shapes on a favorite theme.
Cut out two stocking shapes using the template. Sew on any fabric details, such as a length of fabric, around the width of the stocking.
Tip: If someone has a much-loved garment that is no longer fit to wear, reuse it as the fabric for their stocking. If the material is very worn, sew it onto a piece of plain cotton or burlap material first, and then cut out the stocking shape.
Align the shapes, correct sides facing inward, and sew together, leaving a seam of 1/2 inch around the edge. Leave the top unstitched.
Fold over and sew the fabric at the top of the stocking so the edges don't show. Then turn the stocking the right way around.
Fold the fabric into a loop and sew it to the top of the stocking. Sew on more decorations as you wish. Make more stockings in the same way.
Excerpted from A Greener Christmas
© Dorling Kindersley Limited 2008