If you would like to try your hand at personalizing your own stocking, here is how to make personalized Christmas stocking:
Personalize your Christmas Stocking with glue and glitter:
Iron-on letters can be bought around Christmas time in many craft or Christmas Stores. Some stores even carry a stocking that includes a set of iron on letters. Simply select the letters and arrange on the stocking and iron on.
Glitter and Glue Technique is the most popular way to personalize Christmas Stockings..
â€¢ There are Glitter and Glue Pens available in many Craft stores in various colors and sizes.
â€¢ We personally prefer using a separate glue bottle and sprinkling on the glitter after the name is written in the glue. This technique will give you best looking writing since the glitter shine is not dulled by the glue as the glitter is on top of the glue – not mixed with the glue. We use small Elmers paper glue bottles. Elmers paper glue is non toxic, soluble in water and dries clear. Glitter is available in most craft stores in many colors and sizes. Pick the smallest size of the glitter you can find. By size we mean the size of the glitter square. The smaller the glitter speck, the nicer the final product looks. With larger glitter specks the letter appear bulky and lack the smooth flow as well as shine.
If you never personalized Christmas Stockings before, it is a good idea to :
- Practice on other material
â€¢ First so you may want to get the feel for the flow of the glue and right size of the lettering . The secret to a good looking inscription on your stocking or a hat is SYMMETRY. The writing looks good if it is positioned in the center of an area and written in a neat way so the letters are same size, width, direction.â€¢ Our expert writer recommends taking a paper towel or any soft kind of paper. Fold it so you would have approximately same space area as it would be on your stocking or a hat. Than take your glue bottle or glitter pen and try writing. You’ll see… first time your glue might not flow properly… so adjust your glue flow opening and pressure. By practicing on the paper, your stocking or a hat will be spared the first attempt mistakes.â€¢ You may also take a pencil and outline your letters on the paper first. Once your practice letters look good on the paper, it’s time to —
- Try writing on the stocking.â€¢ If you write on the white part of the stocking, you may outline the name by a pencil and then just follow your outline with a glue. If your background is of dark color, use chalk (sewing shops have chalks that write on fabric). Then just follow your outline with a glue.â€¢ Some stocking fabrics are made from textured material with lot of threads on the materials’ surface. Your glue pen will drag the thread and most likely smudge the glue in other directions. To prevent this from happening Try to: Keep the glue tip Clean! If the glue tip has extra glue it catches the fabric threads and drags the threads with it. Keep your tip slightly above the fabric material… the glue will lay onto the fabric and your tip will not touch the threads. Use even pressure on the glue bottle to even out the flow of the glue.
- There is a special way to write some lettersâ€¢ To write “e”, “l”, “k”, “h” or any letters having a loop if you choose to hand script your names. Here is a small illustration how to prevent smudging of your loops:
Use the special way, if you can; not crossing the loops will prevent smudging or closing of the loop and the final effect looks the same. This technique is good for all letters with loops, such as e, l, h, k, b, f. If you used Elmer’s paper glue and messed up…. check if your stocking is washable… if yes, simply submerge the are with glue in cold water and the glue will dissolve…. be careful, do not rub the area so the material texture would not get damaged. If the writing on your stocking looks good,
The final step
â€¢ Sprinkle your written word with glitter, turn the stocking face down (use a newspaper or a pan underneath the stocking), shake off the excess glitter- and your personalized stockings are done!
â€¢ Make sure to read your glue’s directions for drying times and let the product dry for sufficient time so your masterpiece does not get smudged after all that effort went into it.
Personalize your Christmas Stockings with Alphabet Beads
Think alphabet or letter beads! Personalizing your stockings this way is easy and fun. You can buy alphabet beads online, just search Google for Letter Beads, and you will find lots of stores who sell them.
Get enough letters to cover your whole family and get some spare ones because there will be new people joining your family in the future and you want to make sure you have the opportunity to personalize stocking for them as well…. or if you want to, you can get nice mix of the letter alphabet beads so if in the future you need to personalize more Christmas stockings for the growing family, buying different name beads will fit into the intended design.
Google will help you find some really fancy beads alphabet beads or you can go for nice ceramic letter beads, we found a good source at CraftAmerica
Once your alphabet beards arrive, simply string them onto a nice string: those gold or Christmas metallic red or green ropes that are used to hang Christmas ornaments or wrap Christmas presents may be perfect fit and usually available in spools in Christmas Giftwrap or Bow and Ribbon section in your store.
Finally you just attach the name on the string to your stocking (you can use tiny safety pins if you do not want to permanently attach the name string to the stocking by stitching ) and your personalized stockings are ready to hang on the fireplace.
Christmas stockings personalized in embroidery:
Embroidering your own Christmas stockings is for experts only if you do hand embroidering. If you have an embroidery machine, you can personalize most stockings that have a space for the name on the stocking cuff, providing your embroidery machine can get inside of the stocking without sewing the stocking together. You can also take your blank stockings to an embroidery store nearby and ask if they would put names on your stockings. Most embroidery shops prefer not to do embroidery on customer’s items simply because if something goes wrong while embroidering them, they have no way of replacing your stocking with another one from their stock.
If you like personalized stockings by embroidery or monogramming – you can check out our Christmas Stocking selection. We have posted just a few featured products here but our store has a wide selection of Christmas stockings that can be personalized in embroidery script or block.
Here is a little widget to list through our Personalized Christmas Stockings