It will not surprise you to know that I am partial toward homemade Christmas stockings. Growing up, I had A LOT of them. My first stocking was felt and featured a rocking horse and a gingerbread man. Later, I had one fashioned to look like a giant ballet slipper. Now, my favorite are a set of matching green satin and burnout velvet stockings.
But it's easy for me to say that I love handmade Christmas stockings, because I am totally coasting on the hard work of my mother and mother-in-law, who have both made us absolutely gorgeous ones.
If I were starting from scratch, here are a few I would love to make:
I LOVE these stockings from Alterknits Felt, which are exactly what a Who from Whoville would own:
If you're looking for something more modern, check out these beautiful (but strikingly simple and easy) felt stockings from Lia Griffith:
via Lia Griffith
Incidentally, they would look perfect with this wreath.
I am also a fan of these mistletoe & holly stockings from mmmcrafts (while you're there, check out her beautiful 12 days of Christmas felt ornament patterns -- I can't wait for these to be done!). It's hard to get sequins right, but these totally do:
And I love the way these simple knit stockings look together on a mantle -- plus, of course, knit stretches, which is helpful if your stockings are perennially overstuffed, as ours are:
via Shop Millamia
Of course, you don't have to choose between handmade and store-bought stockings. It can take years to accumulate the handmade variety, and you don't always have that time. Plus, it's a good idea to have some extras on hand for holiday guests.
I love the simple coziness of this plaid wool stocking:
And while not exactly stockings, I love these so much -- perfect for gifts from Santa.