In another lifetime I made really fancy quilted Christmas stockings with a Lands End pattern. I no sooner got those done then we got divorced. The girls and I kept using them until I remarried. Then I made everyone new stockings with complicated appliques on them. When my daughter got married I made her and her husband stockings I liked so much I copied them! Here is the first set.
Here are ours!
These are really easy to make. Get a pattern for a big shape that you really like or draw it yourself. Here is the one I used.
Cut out 2 of the pattern and two of the reverse. (You will be lining the stocking.) Put a heart for adults and stars for kids and embroider the names before you attach them with zig zag stitches. I think the pattern has a good idea with the toe and heel embellishments, those are attached the same way.
Cut out two pieces of batting.
Stitch the two quilt sandwiches together and put binding on the top of each piece.
You will need a total of about 2 yards of 3 inch binding. Press in half.
Baste the two stocking pieces together and trim. Apply the binding by machine on the front and by hand on the back. The whole thing takes about two hours. It helps the cuteness factor if you have a cute baby to model the finished stocking!
Keep these cute stockings until you are sick of them. Like I said, we are on our 3rd set as a family!