Felt Christmas Stockings

It might feel a bit strange to begin knitting, felting or stitching something as seasonal as Christmas stockings in the late summer, but there's something so joyful in handmade Christmas decorations that it should not matter when we make them.

I'm most at home with tapestry and cross stitch, but these felt Christmas stocking kits are simply to die for!

I love the traditional feel of the design and the wealth of detail that's gone into the design and making.

And I was encouraged to try felting for myself when I read the many positive comments and recommendations.

For those new to needlework, Bucilla has been making needlecraft kits for over a century and have a reputation for quality material and design.

I hope you like my little selection and feel inspired to try your hand to make your own Christmas stockings this year. Each kit contains stamped felt, embroidery floss, sequins, beads, needles, and trilingual instructions.

Snowman Felt Christmas Stocking

Not sure why, but this Snowflake Snowman is my favourite design of all the Bucilla Christmas stockings.

The colour scheme reminds me of winter.

And I love the little name tags on each stocking - even if each family member will eventually end up with his or her own felt Christmas stockings.

Santa Poinsettia Felt Christmas Stocking

This Santa Poinsettia Felt Christmas Stocking is anther example of truly wonderful, "christmassy" colours.

According to one customer review, this design is quite elaborate and takes about 20 hours to complete.

In my book, the finished look makes it well worth the time spent. Just make sure you start the project in good time.

Popup Santa Christmas Stocking

This Pop-up Santa makes a gorgeous first Christmas stocking for a new baby, don't you agree?

Toddlers will love it too, I'm sure. It's so bright and cheerful and the colours are great!

Christmas Cookies Christmas Stocking

A very tasty design!

Christmas Cookies shows Santa during one of his frequent baking sprees.

Well, I don't mind, as long as he drops off some of the tasty results at my desk....

There's lots of gorgeous detail to this Christmas stocking, not least the delicious looking cookies. I'm sure this one will go down well with anyone who gets it.

Paws Christmas Stocking

Beautifully whimsical this one....

If you're in the habit of celebrating Christmas with not just your human family, but your four-legged friends, too, then Santa Paws is a must to make sure Fido and friends won't feel left out.

(Can't wait for Bucilla to make one with cats on...)

There's something about home-made Christmas stockings that brings out the kid in me. And seeing how popular Christmas stocking kits are around the world, I'm not the only one. But not everyone is blessed with a passion for needlework or organised enough to start knitting and felting while the sun still shines warmly outside. So if you've left it too late to make your own Christmas stockings this year, why not check out these gorgeous ready-made specimens?