Article by Holly Welch,
Father Christmas is a very busy man and sometimes needs a little help putting together Christmas stockings, which is what we do here at SantasElves.co.uk Here is our guide to the art of Stocking filling so that there is the least amounts of air pockets and loads of lovely lumpy bits!
Choosing your stocking
First of all, choose your stocking. Our last blog post covered how to make a Christmas stocking and you don’t need to be an experienced seamstress to make a wonderful and long lasting stocking. However you could have a well-loved stocking that has been made by a member of the family or bought previously. If you are buying a stocking, bear in mind the fabric that it is made out of. A knitted stocking can produce a lovely knobbly effect, but if it is patterned and not lined, the strands of yarn inside can catch the gifts and cause frustration for everyone.
You don’t need to buy an expensive stocking, a pair of (clean!) opaque tights or hold ups are fun and look great propped up against the fireplace.
Before you get started, get yourself a cup of tea and a biscuit or two and now you are ready.
This is the place for rounded things, think oranges, shiny red apples, nuts, chocolate coins and sweets. For grown-ups, how about adding a bottle of nail varnish, lip balm or make up for the ladies; while for the men, you can add items like a mini torch, whistling key ring and USB sticks.
The rest of the foot and heel
If you have large, bulky items, then this is the place for them to go. As it is at the end of the stocking, it is also the best place to put more expensive gifts to draw out the anticipation when
the stocking is opened. If it is breakable, make sure that it is wrapped up securely. You could also use other items to protect fragile items such as socks and gloves.
As this is the most structured part of the structure it is quite tricky to fill. You may need to jiggle about the contents to make sure that it is the best fit and avoid the dreaded and disappointing air pockets. This area is great for scarves, socks, and things in tall slim boxes like paint boxes, boxes of crayons and notepads, iphone cases as well as anything that is on a cardboard backing.
Here you can put the things that wouldn’t fit comfortably in the body of the stocking and gifts that are too wide, but can be just about wedged into the top – think thick books, teddy bears and jewellery boxes!
You aren’t finished yet, don’t forget that you can decorate the outside of the stocking. Pin on a brooch, attach a necklace or even a Christmas decoration, vintage enamel badges and key rings to the stocking. Finally top off the stocking with a greetings tag, so they know who the stocking is for.
Of course, if you don’t have the time for this, you can always leave it to the experts and choose one of our many pre-filled Christmas stockings for all the family at www.santaselves.co.uk
SantasElves.co.uk is part of PartyToo.com and is a small family business based in Hampshire. For the last 10 years we have been selling a wide range of pre-Filled Christmas stockings. Prices start at £5 and go up to £100, featuring a stocking of every size containing something for every member of the family and hobby, even something for cats and dogs! Throughout the year the Elves create pre-filled party bags and have hundreds of pocket money toys available on PartyToo.com. We create everything here in house with love and care. From our family to yours, we wish you a Merry Christmas.
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