Hang this on your chimney with care to the delight of your monster-loving boy or girl. Tell them a tall tale about where you got it (damp cave) and how you ever-so-slooooowly peeled it from the sleeping critter's foot! C'mon, it's not like flying reindeer and the guy in the red suit are any more believeable!
This fun project went together so quick...one hour from start to finish.
Step 1: Gather Your Supplies
I also used some scissors, chalk, pins & thread, a knitting needle, chopstick or other pokey thing for turning the toenails right-side out, and a sewing machine. You could do this by hand, I don't imagine it would be too time consuming.
Step 2: Draw Your Stocking Shape
With fabric right sides together, pin around the edge and cut out two pieces.
Step 3: Cut Out Your Toes (ew, Ouch!)
Cut the toes apart, then trim around each toe, leaving about 1/4-1/8" extra. Using a knitting needle (chopstick, other long pokey thing) turn the toes right-side out and poke out the very tips.
Step 4: Pin Toes in Place
One important thing to note here! I nearly sewed through the bottom of the bottom toe by placing it too close to the seam allowance on the bottom edge of the stocking. Be sure that when you have the toenails tucked inside and are preparing to sew, you don't sew lengthwise over that bottom toe. See image notes...
Step 5: Sew It All Together
Turn it right-side-out and see if you don't chortle like I did! It's impossible not to!
Step 6: Add Your Fur Trim and Hanger
I just wanted a rectangle of fur trim on the one side. If you want it to go all the way around, you will just have to tweak it a bit at this step. I cut my rectangle and laid it on the stocking, right sides together. You want the fur overhanging most of the stocking, so that when you flip it back over itself, it drapes down over the stocking. (see image notes...) Pin it in place, folding over the raw edge of the stocking at the same time. Sew all the way around, through the fun fur and velvet layer.
I also cut a long, skinny piece of the gold velvet and looped it to use as a hanger. We don't have a mantle, but we have a doorknob, so I made it long enough for a 4 year old to slip off his own doorknob without too much trouble. :) Sew it on up at the top edge of the stocking, close to the seam at the 'back'.