The spooky and macabre entertain me so much that limiting myself to just October to play with such crafts and creations is hardly possible.
Yes, I still have Lovecraftian Halloween decorations up. Yes, it is December 6th. Bite me (if you ransack my Halloween storage, you could use one of my 144 pairs of Dracula fangs to do so).
No, I wasn’t kidding:
Anywho—for my kindred spirit, crafting simple Christmas stockings just doesn’t cut it. Enter Krampus.
For those unfamiliar with this Christmas-time folklore, Krampus is St. Nicholas’s counterpart. While Old St. Nick goes around rewarding the good little boys and girls, Krampus spends his time punishing the ones who misbehaved. No, no lump of coal for these kids; instead, they receive a beating, generally with a stick. And, if you were particularly bad you might just get eaten!
In honor of dear old Krampus, I decided to spruce up the mantle this year with a stocking made in his likeness.
To follow suit, you will need:
Dark green fabric
Black faux fur fabric
Red fabric (blood red)
Lining fabric (I used a deep red, but you won’t see it once it’s hanging)
Interfacing (particularly if you are using a flimsy fabric like I did)
2 lengths of chain (mine are 9 inches each)
Twill tape, about 2 inches
Christmas stocking (to use as a pattern)
1. Using the Christmas stocking as a pattern, cut out the stocking shape (2 of the lining and 2 of the external fabric- the dark green for me).
2. Next, I ironed on the interfacing. The fabric I chose for my stocking was flimsy and needed the extra support. If you are using a sturdier fabric, you can skip this step.
3. Keeping back sides together, sew the lining to the external fabric.
4. Measure your stocking width at the opening and cut a swatch of the faux fur fabric to match. For the height of the fur, add an inch or an inch and a half to the height you want to show on your stocking. For example, I wanted the top 3-3.5 inches of my stocking to be fur, so I cut my fur swatch to 4.5 inches.
5. Fold fur over the top edge of the stocking and stitch in place, making sure to keep the two sides of your stocking even. Leave gaps on the front as you sew it down to slide the horns up through the fur. If you forget, just use a razor and carefully cut a slit to make room.
6. Use the twill tape to make a loop at the top corner on the heel side (making sure you keep the to-be horned side at the front) for hanging.
7. Insert the horns in place and use hot glue to secure them. Because the horns add extra weight, I also opted to stuff the stocking with spare fabric and then glue the fur flaps down snug so the horns didn’t flop wildly about.
8. At this point I decided my stocking was still boring and needed some more sprucing up. As any good Halloweener (the –very mature- voices in my head are giggling and chanting “wiener, wiener” right now) will tell you: when in doubt, add more blood. So, I grabbed some extra red fabric I had laying around and cut out blood drips, gluing them on in place.
9. Finally, I looped the chains from corner hem to opposing horn, crisscrossing them in the middle and hot glued them in place. Voila!