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Felt Christmas Stockings Tips

Find out how to keep your felt Christmas stockings look beautiful for many years, so you can enjoy them every holiday from now on, for years to come.

You probably already tried to stitch a felt applique stocking until now, so you know what a tedious work it is, and that it takes many hours to cut out and stitch all those pieces. Of course, the outcome of all your work is a beautiful masterpiece that will be appreciated by the owner, and that’s why it is important to know how to take care of it so that it can be enjoyed for many holidays.

First thing you should know is how to store it properly. A felt Christmas stocking should be stored flat, wrapped in several layers of paper (preferable a white tissue paper), and don’t let any sunlight get to it. I suggest preparing a special storage box just for Christmas stockings, and put extra tissue paper between each stocking, this way you will prevent the beads from crushing.

The Bucilla’s instructions that come with the kits state that you can wash their stockings in cool water, at 86F, and you can use some mild dish washing liquid. But be careful and wash them gently, so you don’t twist or wring them. Never use bleach or fine washables detergent, and always dry them flat. Don’t throw them in the drier, or have them dry cleaned. I recommend only washing them as a last resort, if it really is necessary.

I guess that the stocking will be for your child, so if this is the case, don’t let them play with it too much because the synthetic felt has a tendency to pill. This doesn’t mean that they shouldn’t use it and hold it as their special Christmas stocking, but try to keep them from playing with it or use it as a hat every day of December.
One last thing you can do for your special felt Christmas stockings is sewing a lining for them. This is very simple to do and it will worth the work put into it. The benefit of a lining is an added strength as well as a professional touch to the felt stocking. You can choose polyester satin for the lining, this way you avoid adding too much bulk.

If you follow these simple tips and care for your felt Christmas stockings, then you can enjoy them for many years from now on.

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  • Louis November 24, 2009, 11:10 am

    Thanks for your tips. Never even thought about it. I think we just throw them in a box and take them out again next year then when they get to bad buy a new one. lol
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  • David @ Inexpensive Gifts for Men November 25, 2009, 7:38 pm

    As Louis stated, I usually don’t put much thought into the care of my family’s Christmas stockings, but it would be pretty cool to have our kids stocking around as they group up… to be able to have that common thread throughout their childhood would be really cool! I wonder if they can last that long?
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  • AJ @ Felt Christmas Stocking November 30, 2009, 11:37 pm

    Felt Christmas Stockings are a must for Christmas. Make sure everyone in the family has one and get one for any visitors. They make great little Christmas “bags” of goodies. And don’t forget your pets!
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  • trina @ christmas tree stand December 1, 2009, 11:03 am

    These a good tip on how to take care of your Christmas stocking. I never thought about that I have some that was made my elder family members that I would like the cherish for years to come. Thanks for the tips

  • Mary@Forehead Thermometer December 1, 2009, 2:36 pm

    Great site and so many great ideas. Love the ones for the pets as I am an avid pet lover.

    Also many thanks for using this plugin.

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  • Scott @ Vintage Bicycle Posters December 9, 2009, 8:12 pm

    Really nice site. Like your post on pet Christmas stockings, I have a cat and I never thought about getting my cat a stocking for Christmas until I found your site. Thanks for the information.
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  • Linda December 21, 2009, 11:13 am

    My sister made stockings for my daughters back in 1981. I’ve always wrapped them carefully in tissue and stored them flat in my Christmas bin, nestled in my Cmas tree skirt. They remain beautiful and should last many more years. Not a craft person myself, I found a friend who loves making these stockings, so am buying more as each daughter starts her own home, and friend is checking older ones and making necessary repairs. Lining suggestion is excellent – may see if we can incorporte this in new ones. Friend also adds extra ribbon on hook part to add strength.

  • todd@virginia beach movers January 8, 2010, 6:38 pm

    This is great information about how to properly store felt stockings. I ruined a few of my own at first before I learned a couple tips on how to store them. And I learned a little more here too.

  • Jeena@grosgrainribbon January 31, 2010, 12:48 pm

    It never occurred to me that I needed to take special care of my stockings. Wow, thanks for the tips on protecting them so they are good for years to come!

  • Lori August 16, 2010, 3:20 pm

    @David.. yes these stockings can easily last for many years. Stockings I made my baby cousins over 30 years ago are still being hung up every year.. and they are right about storage. Most of your mystery spots come from poor storage. I would suggest acid free tissue. It’s a little more expensive but I live in S Florida and it makes a big difference.

  • Stacy November 6, 2010, 8:52 am

    We have had our stockings since I was a teenager. My mother made mine (won’t say how many years ago that was) but… lets just say awhile. 😀 My mother has since passed away and I have continuted the tradition on with my children and grandchildren. I couldn’t imagine our mantel without them at Christmas time. Happy Holiday’s to all!

  • Samantha November 11, 2010, 5:47 pm

    I am 30yrs old now and we still have our stockings that my “Gammie” made us as kids. I want to do the same for my kids, she spent so much time on them…my Mom still hangs ours at her house, she wont give them up!

  • Ellise December 13, 2010, 1:19 am

    My Grandma made my stocking when I was a baby and I have used it every year and it’s hanging up now. I also have a daughter of my own and my mother made her a stocking. So it has become a tradition in my family to make our grandchildren stockings. Since I married a man older then me I have a step grandson…and you got it I am ordering a stocking to make him! I am just finishing up my third stocking (my husbands and my two step daughters) and I now appreciate my stocking so much more! All the work put into them but if you do take care of it you’ll enjoy them for a very long time!!

  • Valerie December 14, 2010, 3:38 pm

    My kids still have their stockings that their Great-grandma made for them (over 30 years) and I have mine (50+ years), along with several stockings from pets that are now in pet Heaven. I have always packed them away with loving care and now I will be making my 1st grand daughters hers.

    We hang them all every year. Its a Christmas ritual for us.

  • Ruth December 23, 2010, 2:15 am

    I made one for my son 41 years ago for his first Christmas. He is now married and I make one for each of his children for their first Christmas. He has a new baby due in February, guess I need to get busy this year and make another. I am so glad to get storage tips. Thank you.

  • Counted Cross Stitch Kits January 10, 2011, 3:14 am

    I will be giving the best in decorating the house this Christmas. It is a lovely season of lights and colors and joyous tidings. This season brings great joy. Wish you all merry Christmas. I will be considering your tips given I have to collect more information as to what else I can do!

  • Helen Andjelich January 15, 2011, 8:42 pm

    Looking for Instructions for Bucilla 84145 Christmas Stocking. If anyone has any ideas on how to get ahold of these, I’d appreciate it. I’ll check back on this post.”

  • Trisch January 21, 2011, 3:02 am

    I made six stocking (four for my kids and two for hubby and I) around 1998 and 1999 and to this day they still look perfect! I store them flat in a box, individually wrapped in paper and then in a plastic ziplock bag. Inside the box I pop a cotton ball that has a couple of drops of tea-tree and lavender oil to keep away bugs and fishmoths as we live in a very hot and dry climate. The stockings are always admired every year, especially by our guests.

  • Valerie February 15, 2011, 8:49 am

    Why do you not make more left leg stocking. All the stocking on the market are right legs. Need left leg stocking.

  • Leslie February 21, 2011, 1:48 am

    I have made over 12 felt stockings for nieces and nephews and I have always lined them with a broad cloth. The extra thickness is worth the extra strength it provides. A lining also cleans up the inside of the stocking and eliminates the risk of threads getting caught in the stockings “fillings” and breaking leading to a release of felt parts and beads.

  • melinda November 8, 2011, 10:50 am

    I use the large jumbo zip lock bags. They are large enough to place the stockings in and then store them flat in the totes I keep other christmas decorations in.

  • Kaye November 29, 2011, 10:40 pm

    I made my first Bucilla stocking in 1972 for my son. Since then I have made 20 more, for daughters, daughter-in-law, sons-in-law, sister, brother-in-law, nephew and his wife and children, niece and her husband and daughter and two dogs and one cat!! I substitute velvet for the felt and have taffeta lining and I add many more sequins and beads. These have all lasted beautifully and I store mine flat with tissue and put in a box as does my sister. These are heirlooms that I hope my family will enjoy for many years after I am gone. Thank you do much for your kits!!

  • Mary Anne Fritz January 23, 2012, 8:05 am

    I’ve been making the Bucilla felt stockings for 20+ years. When I’m attaching the loop, I slip a D ring on. When the stocking is hung it hangs flat and puts less strain on the loop. I also sew a piece of satin ribbon on the inside of the loop to give strength, and gives a finished look.

  • Annie February 23, 2012, 10:12 pm

    They will last for years if you take proper care of them. My grandmother gave me my stocking over 20 years ago, and it still looks great. My oldest still uses his every year and I made it 12 years ago.

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