Here's a free pattern and tutorial for a “no hang” Christmas stocking. If like me, you don't have a fireplace (and don't feel like drilling holes in the walls) but you still have kids and family who love the tradition of Christmas stockings filled with small presents, this might be for you. With this design, the stocking itself has enough support and is shaped in a way that it can stand up on its own instead of hanging.
Life in the tropics is easy-going, but when Christmas comes, you really notice that the practice of hanging Christmas stockings on the fireplace mantel was borrowed from European cultures where it's very cold and they actually have fireplaces. It was going to disappointing to the kids around our house to not participate in this wonderful tradition. But even outside the tropics, I think fewer and fewer houses are being made with fireplaces, so I thought why not design a Christmas stocking that doesn't need to hang and that can simply be placed around the tree?
I think the concept worked out pretty well and these “no hang” Christmas stockings certainly do look good around our tree. I really think the kids will enjoy these. And it's also great to preserve some of the old Christmas traditions even though at 85+ degrees outside, it doesn't feel a whole lot like Christmas yet.
- 3/4″ of a yard of Minky fabric or fleece (see recommendations below)
- 3/4″ fusible fleece
- a rectangle of 20″ x 15″ of white faux fur
- 3/4″ of deco bond or Pellon ultra firm stabilizer
- White and red thread to match the fabrics and stabilizer
Height: 16″ (40.5 cm)
Length: 13″ (33cm)
Width: 7″ (18cm)
SEE NEXT PAGE FOR PATTERN DOWNLOAD