Gifts for the New Year
The onset of the New Year is always a creative mood and anticipation of the upcoming holiday. We are thinking about how to decorate the house, how to present gifts to loved ones in an original way. In our article today, will look at how to make traditional Christmas stockings with your own hands (Christmas Stockings), in which you can place small presents, and how best to decorate them in a festive style.
History of tradition
The tradition of hanging socks by the fireplace originated in Europe. It is associated with St. Nicholas (also known as Santa Claus, who lives in Lapland), who, according to legend, presented three poor girls with gold bars on Christmas night. Since then, the fame of an unusual and generous act has spread everywhere. And for many years, children and adults throughout Europe have been hanging festively decorated socks over the fireplace in anticipation of gifts.
In Russia, this tradition appeared quite recently and is considered quite original. Nevertheless, everyone’s favorite Christmas movies are often full of shots with original holiday decorations. And having decorated the house with such an accessory, you will certainly cause a wave of good feelings and pleasant associations among your loved ones. And for children, you can tell a fairy tale about St. Nicholas, who gave us such a wonderful tradition.
How to choose?
It is difficult to choose such a wonderful holiday accessory — store shelves and fair tents are full of variety. But still, the best option would not be to look for a sock in the store, but to create an ornament with your own hands! At least because it is exciting, you can involve relatives and children in the creativity, for whom the creative process will serve as an excellent preparation for the upcoming holidays. Of course, hand-decorated Christmas socks are a real classic!
Show your imagination, and you can get a real masterpiece to decorate your own home or an unusual gift for loved ones.
There are many types of New Year’s socks. As a decoration option, you can even use stockings or ordinary felt boots (such an impromptu sock will look very original). You can arrange such an unusual storage for gifts in the form of boots of Santa Claus and the Snow Maiden in the appropriate style: paint snowflakes with paints on fabric (or embroider them with threads), embroider them with beads and sequins. And make the rim of faux fur or swan down.
How to make with your own hands?
You can also make a sock yourself, for example, knit (knitted socks look very cozy and homely) or sew using special patterns. Let’s talk about this in more detail.
There are many patterns for making Christmas decorations in specialized stores and on thematic forums. First of all, you need to decide on the size of accessories and choose the right material.
Knitted socks are always good, if you have crocheting or knitting skills, it will not be difficult for you to knit New Year’s socks. But even if you are a beginner needlework master, using the right scheme, you will cope with this task. What need:
- suitable yarn;
- hook or knitting needles;
- knitting patterns.
Classic New Year’s socks for gifts can be knitted without a heel, the main thing is to keep the shape of the sock. The traditional “braid” technique, which are used to seeing on warm winter saters, will look very nice on knitted socks. You can decorate socks with pompoms on a cord made of yarn or with a braid you like.
The easiest way to make a festive sock is from textiles. And to be able to sew perfectly is completely optional, since the patterns are very simple, you can even draw your favorite shape of the product yourself. And the halves of the sock can be fastened with a decorative seam or simply glued with special glue — they will hold tightly.
What fabric is better to choose for making Christmas decorations — most often handmade masters prefer dense fabric, which is easy to process. Today, the most popular for needlework, for example, materials such as felt, fleece and tapestry.
Felt socks are quite easy to make, and they will look very impressive. The advantage of choosing this material is also that, due to its density, the accessory keeps its shape ll and will serve for a long time, and the decor can be cut and changed to a new one with the onset of next year if desired. To make a felt product, you only need to cut out 2 identical parts of the sock and sew the halves together with a sewing machine or even by hand.
A tapestry or even a regular kitchen tol with a holiday theme can be used to make a New Year’s sock. This will greatly simplify the task of decorating the accessory. If you correctly select a drawing and a pattern, a print with a New Year’s plot will already flaunt on the toe.
And also for the version of the product, fleece is suitable. Socks made of this material are very soft and cozy, and you can decorate them with faux fur. Children will be delighted!
What you need:
- the cloth;
- lining material (if necessary);
- thread with a needle or glue;
- paper and pencil for pattern.
Pay attention to different techniques for sewing socks from the simplest to the most intricate. The seam that fastens the two halves of the sock can be decorated with a beautiful braid, stitched with dense contrasting threads. And you can also use a more complex pattern (for example, with an oblique seam) and various styles.
For example, socks sewn using the patchwork technique look beautiful and impressive. To make such an accessory, you will need several scraps of fabric with different textures and patterns, by combining them together, you will get a truly exclusive, pleasing to the eye accessory. You can give free rein to your imagination and combine the incongruous! Patchwork always looks bright. And also one of the variants of this technique are socks sewn from pieces of various knitted items.
You can decorate felt socks in different ways, as decoration materials often use yarn, braid, jute cord and various themed accessories. Let’s look at the most popular decor methods used by needlewomen.
Snowflakes are a classic version of embroidery. Using dense or woolen threads, you can embroider a New Year’s boot with snowflakes and patterns of various colors. Threads using Lurex, as ll as textured yarn, look beautiful. Real craftswomen can embroider more complex patterns, such as a snowman or a deer.
Bows made of satin fabric will look great on New Year’s socks. Ready-made bows can be bought at the store or made independently using ribbon. Beautifully and harmoniously decorate the sock with bows is very simple! For example, the classic color combination is a green sock with white fur decoration + bright red bows — a win-win option for any holiday item. To decorate socks with bows, you can also add, for example, a decorative bell.
Everything is simple! You can purchase ready-made appliques with a thematic plot (angels, Christmas trees, winter accessories) and sew them on your socks. Especially bright pictures look good on red and white products. You can also use felt patches that you previously made yourself.
The decor may also differ from the concept of placing socks and who you are going to give gifts to in such an original way. An interesting idea for a large family would be to make several socks of different sizes (each will have their own). And in the way you like to make the inscriptions “beloved dad”, “golden child”, “caring grandmother” or write the names of loved ones, on each sock your own, and even wishes.
Both socks, sewn and decorated in different styles, and conceptual combinations, made in the same style and color scheme, look great. For example, neutral gray-white and beige concepts look good.
Often when choosing a color, shades of the interior of the room are used. Choose to your taste!
Where to hang?
Usually Christmas socks are placed above the fireplace, but you can think of another place for them. For example, using a cord, you can make an impromptu garland of socks and hang them over the bed, on the door, on the railing of the stairs, and even decorate the Christmas tree with them. New Year’s wreaths decorated with embroidered socks as a decor look great. If you use felt boots as an element of decoration, you can put them under the Christmas tree.
When the socks are ready, do not forget to fill them with symbolic gifts. — sets, tangerines and notes with pleasant wishes. Let each member of the family find a little fabulous gift for themselves! We hope that our article was useful to you, and you will please yourself and your loved ones with wonderful gifts and a festive mood!
For information on how to choose and make New Year’s socks with your own hands, see the following video.