In getting gifts for some extended family that I don't know very well and not having a huge amount of money to spend, I ended up with simple, useful gifts. I wanted to spruce up the wrapping and presentation to make them a little more fun so I came up with the idea of paper stockings. They are simple to make and, I think, turned out just adorable!
I got this craft paper from World Market and used an oversized needle with some deep red yarn to see them together.
You will need:
Heavy weight paper for a stocking template of your desired size & shape
Yarn for sewing and to make pom poms
Cut a template from the heavy weight paper of the desired size and stocking shape. Make sure you have plenty of room for the things you will be putting inside without stressing the seams and ripping the paper of your completed stocking.
Trace stocking shape onto craft paper, twice. If using pattered paper, be sure that once you put the two halves together, the pattern will be the right direction and facing out. Cut out.
Sew craft paper stocking together (with pattern facing out) with the yarn and needle.
Make pom pom and gift tag.
Here's a great tutorial for making several pom poms at a time: Making Pom Poms In Bulk
I'm excited about giving these out!