You can sew these by hand or zip through them with a sewing machine. Add a few details and you're done.
Step 1: Dig for Scraps...
You will need a larger piece of material for the stocking "body"
and a smaller piece of material of contrasting material for the stocking "fur trim".
You will need to print out an appropriately sized image for the figure that you want to appear hugging the stocking.
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Step 2: Trim the Top...
The "fur trim" piece should be about 8 inches wide by 2 inches tall.
Line up both pieces together on the long edge.
Sew a straight seam down the edge to join the two pieces.
Sew a second seam parallel to the first about 3/4 inch next to the first seam.
Step 3: Put a Step on It...
Using a marker, pen, pencil or tailor's chalk, draw the outline of the stocking. You don't have to be too exact. If you can't draw, imagine a big thick Letter "L" and round off the front and heel.
Run this through the sewing machine following the outline of your drawing. I did a double seam just to make it stronger since I might be stuffing the stocking with goodies.
After sewing, trim away the leftover excess material outside of your sewn seam. Also trim any loose and hanging threads.
Now flip the whole thing inside out. Use your fingers to jam out the tip of the stocking. You can also use a blunt tool like a pen or chopsticks to push out and round the front of the stocking.
Tuck back in the raw edge of the trim. You should now have a nice looking stocking.
Step 4: Who's the Figurehead?
Staple the cut out image to the back of the stocking. I think this process may be painless unless the staple is caught on your finger.
To make the arms, enlarge the same image to about half page. If you don't have a set of arms to cut out, draw arms and hands on a spot on the picture where you can utilize the same colors.
Cut out the arms and hands and attach to the back of your figurehead which is already attached to the stocking.
Bend the arms around front to check for correct placement.
Use double sided tape or roll up some tape on itself to stick the arms and hands in position.
Step 5: Who's Socks Are These?
Fire up a video of the classic "Yule Log" and enjoy trying to stay up late waiting for you-know-who to squeeze down the chimney. Don't forget to put out the milk and cookies.
If you are on the nice list, you may get what you wished for. Others will get a lump of coal. :(
Happy holidays, everyone!