Victorian-inspired custom stockings

Give Christmas stockings a fanciful look by adding tulle and ribbon.

a. YOU'LL NEED (makes 1 stocking):

  • Ruler or measuring tape
  • Gold holiday stocking
  • Scissors
  • 1 yard pink tulle
  • Sewing machine or needle and thread
  • Hot-glue gun
  • ½ yard gold ribbon, ½" wide
  • Gold snowflake ornament (similar styles available at bronners.com)
  • Gold cord (available at craft stores)

1. Measure height and circumference of stocking cuff. Double both figures and cut a piece of tulle to that size. Fold in half so piece is same height as cuff. Machine- or hand-sew a loose running stitch about ¼" below fold. Gently pull one end of thread to gather tulle. Continue gathering until tulle is same length as circumference of stocking. Knot thread.

2. Starting at outside seam of stocking, glue tulle to cuff so gathered edge of tulle aligns with top edge of cuff.

3. Cut a length of gold ribbon long enough to encircle stocking cuff, adding 1" to 2" for overlap. Glue ribbon over seam in tulle. Trim ends.

4. Tie snowflake ornament to stocking hanging loop using gold cord.

b. YOU'LL NEED (makes 1 stocking):

  • Ruler or measuring tape
  • Gold holiday stocking (available at bronners.com)
  • ½ yard pink fabric
  • Pinking shears
  • Straight pins
  • Hot-glue gun
  • Scissors
  • Pink ribbon with gold edging, 45" length (available at papermart.com)
  • Gold thread, 4' to 5'
  • 18 miniature gold-ball ornaments (similar styles available at factorydirectcraft.com)

1. Measure height and circumference of stocking cuff. Add 4" to height and 2" to width and cut pink fabric to that size using pinking shears.

2. Place stocking on flat surface, facing up. Position fabric over stocking cuff, right side up, so 2" hangs below bottom of cuff, 2" extends above top and edges of fabric meet in center on back of stocking. Secure temporarily with pins, working around cuff so ends of fabric overlap on back side of stocking.

3. Fold bottom 3" of fabric up so bottom edge of cuff is visible. Make a thin line of glue along underside of bottom cuff; unfold fabric and tuck underneath cuff. Press to secure. Continuing to work on front side of stocking, fold fabric down so top edge of cuff is visible. Make a thin line of glue along top edge of cuff. Press fabric against stocking cuff to adhere (keep in mind that top edge of fabric will extend beyond top edge of cuff). Remove pins.

4. Flip stocking over and repeat Step 3. To finish vertical seam, fold one raw edge under and glue, then glue finished edge on top of raw edge. Remove pins. Tuck excess pink fabric at top of cuff down into stocking. Secure with glue if needed.

5. Cut pink ribbon into three lengths: 20", 15" and 10". Roll each piece into a curl, securing with dabs of hot glue as you roll. Set aside.

6. Cut gold thread into 18 4" lengths. Feed each piece through loop on a mini ball ornament and knot in a loop. Repeat until all mini balls are threaded. Cut a 5" length of thread. Feed it through all loops; knot.

7. Glue ribbon curls to pink fabric at varying lengths, beneath stocking’s hanging loop. Add another dab of hot glue; affix cluster of mini balls directly on top.