Christmas Gifts: 20+ Cute and Clever Ideas to Try

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Christmas Sugar Cookies

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Deck a Christmas Staircase in Two Steps

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Creative Christmas Wreaths

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Genius Christmas Hacks

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Make a Holiday Tea Towel Stocking

Use festive red-and-white tea towels to make Christmas stockings -- the perfect complement with country casual decor.

What You Need

  • 2 tea towels
  • Fusible web
  • Matching sewing thread
  • 1/2 yard red ruffled trim

Download Stocking Pattern

How to Make It

  1. Iron fusible web to the back of each tea towel.
  2. Enlarge the stocking pattern using a photocopier.
  3. Cut the stocking front and back out of the web-backed tea towels.
  4. With right sides together and using a 1/4-inch seam allowance, sew the stocking front to the back, leaving the top edges open. Trim the seams and clip the curves.
  5. Turn the stocking right side out; press.
  6. Fold the top edge of the stocking over 1/2 inch, pin the ruffled trim along the edge of the opening, and topstitch using a 3/8-inch seam allowance.

Get instructions for making a stitched stocking

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