Gifts for the New Year

New Year's socks for gifts: how to choose and how to do it yourself?

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.

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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.

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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.

Product decoration

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.

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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.