By now, you’ve probably seen most every kind of stocking every made. There are mesh ones which are pre-stuffed with candy and toys. Cloth ones that feature Christmas-theme images of Santa or reindeer. Then there’s the old red, fuzzy stockings which are a dime a dozen. All these stockings have been done to death! Do something a little different this year and make a stocking that looks like a pair of Santa’s pants! Any child or adult will love a pair of pants stuffed with toys, candy and other surprises!
You don’t have to be especially skilled at sewing to make a pair of Santa pants. Use red, fake fur or even red felt to make the pants. Felt offers you a cheap choice that still looks great. Fold the material so that the right sides are facing each other then draw a pair of Santa pants on to one side.
The pants don’t have to be fancy at all. Cut a straight waistband, draw side seams, then cut the cuffs of the legs and up to the inseam. If you’ll be adding white fur trim cut the cuffs a little shorter than you normally would. Cut out the two pieces of fabric and easily turn them into a fun Christmas stocking.
If you’re adding white fur or felt to the pant legs sew it on before stitching the rest of the pants. Trim the seam very close to the stitches then position the pants so the two right sides are facing each other. Sew one side seam then open the waistband. Turn down the top area of the pants and hem it. As you hem, and you approach the back middle area, sew on a piece of folded fabric or cord to use for a hanger. Now sew across the first cuff, up and around the inseam, across the other cuff and up the last side seam.
Although the pants can be hung as-is you can do one more step and make them more convincing. Cut a piece of thin, black vinyl or fabric to make a belt. Make belt loops, if you want, or just sew the black material around the waistband of the pants. A buckle can be made from the same material or you can even glue on a buckle cut from cardstock.
The unusual Santa pants stocking can be made really small or much larger. The pants, filled with candy and toys, will be a real thrill to the person who wakes up to find it sporting his or her name!