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What You Need to Know About Christmas Stockings

Are you looking for unique, high quality Christmas stockings? South House Designs hand made stockings are a beautiful option!

I was gifted a set of stockings from South House Designs to review. All opinions expressed in this post are my own.

Some of my favorite Christmas memories revolve around stockings!

Growing up, my family’s tradition was to wait to hang our stockings until Christmas Eve.

They would wait in a basket beside the fireplace until bedtime on December 24th.

Anticipation would build all day on Christmas Eve!

By the time we came home from the candle light service around 8 PM, I was so excited!

But first, we’d feast on Christmas cookies and egg nog while watching The Nutcracker or A Christmas Carol on PBS.

As soon as it ended, it was time to create a plate of special cookies for Santa.

And hang our stockings.

Do you remember lying in bed and trying to hear the reindeer hooves on your roof?

In our home, Santa brought us one gift and filled our stockings, so they had a special place in my heart!

I continued this tradition with my children.

But things might be changing a bit around my home!

Beautiful Coordinated Christmas Stockings

Five coordinating Christmas stockings hanging from a fireplace mantle decorated with greenery

This summer I met a talented seamstress at The Social Gathering Retreat in Waco, TX.

Diane makes all sorts of fabric works of art for your home or events.

She was developing a new skinny linen table runner this summer that I’ve had so much fun styling in my home this fall!

But what made my jaw drop was her line of gorgeous Christmas stockings!

You’ll be able to find the perfect set of stockings for your family to coordinate with any decorating style or color scheme.

I chose the gold and white stockings with red accents for my home.

She uses such luxurious decorator fabrics and trims to make her unique stockings!

Coordinating Christmas stockings lying on table with garland of greenery and pinecones

I love how each stocking has two coordinating fabric patterns!

This is a perfect example of what I recommend for my photography clients when they’re trying to decide what to wear for their family photos:

  • pick a color scheme
  • don’t be afraid to mix patterns
  • add a pop of color

Aren’t they lovely together?

I love all the pretty button accents.

The buttons can double as a place to hang name tags!

You’ve got to check out my super easy budget-friendly stocking name tag craft.

close up of Christmas stockings showing fabric trim and button details

Each stocking has a hanging loop made from coordinating ribbon triple stitched to keep it secure.

The lining inside each stocking makes them feel just a little more special.

And I love that Diane donates $2.50 from each stocking purchase to a local food pantry!

She calls it “Stocking the Pantry.”

How clever is that?!

How to Decorate with Stockings

In the past I’ve always waited to hang our stockings until Christmas Eve.

But our stockings were never this gorgeous!

Starting this year these beautiful stockings will become one of the focal points of my Christmas decorating.

Now that I’m truly decorating with stockings, I’ve learned that for best results, you don’t just hang the stocking.

To make them look their best, you should stuff the stocking before hanging it.

Take a look at what a difference it makes!

The stocking on the left is empty; the stocking on the right has been lightly stuffed.

This is also a great example for why you don’t store your stockings folded!

These fabrics shouldn’t be ironed, and you can see how a small fold line formed just during shipping.

Can you imagine how it would look after being folded for 11 months in storage?

So always store your stockings flat!

I followed Diane’s suggestions for stuffing a stocking and love how much nicer they look!

She has a sneaky trick to get them to hang just so

one empty and one stuffed stocking hang side by side on a fireplace mantel decorated for Christmas with greenery and pears

See how the stuffed stocking on the left looks more natural?

I chose not to add any decorative filler coming out of the top of the stockings because of the garland on my mantel this year.

But if your garland doesn’t spill over your mantel, you can fill your stockings with greenery, or Christmas balls, or any kind of decor that works with your style!

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How to Hang and Display Your Christmas Stockings

I use simple metal stocking hooks to hold our stockings.

They just slip in under my garland and clamp onto the mantel.

Fireplace with painted marble surround decorated for Christmas with South House Designs stockings and greenery

You could also use command hooks on top of your mantel.

Diane shares some really creative ways to hang stockings on her blog! A few ideas were new to me such as a stocking rod or a mantel shelf.

I love that those two ideas are great for hanging a large number of stockings.

Because some day I may be adding stockings for my kids’ spouses.

Ivory, gold and red stockings hanging on fireplace with mantel decorated with greenery

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Or grandchildren!

Which is something else fantastic about Diane and South House Designs.

As my family grows in the future, I love knowing that I can turn to Diane to create custom add-on stockings!

She will source new fabric patterns that coordinate with your stocking’s color scheme and style to make new stockings for your growing family.

How cool is that?

I would absolutely recommend anything that Diane sells in her Etsy shop, South House Designs! The quality and workmanship is truly top notch, and she is a joy to work with.

Do you have special memories about your Christmas stocking?

I’d love to hear! Tell me all about it in the comments section at the bottom of this post!

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