Our family Christmas stockings are more decorative than functional. Only a couple stocking stuffers actually ever fit.
My stocking was made by my mother from a pattern that she drew herself. The fabric is a heavy cotton, maybe a good quality of muslin, certainly not as heavy as canvas. She cut out a tree and star from felt and sewed them on by hand. She attached some plastic berries, pinecones encased in yarn, and a jingle bell for the toe. There is no loop for hanging, so the stocking simply lay on the hearth. On Christmas morning the stocking was placed among the Santa gifts to distinguish my gifts from my sister’s gifts.
Santa stuffs what he can into the stocking -- maybe new mascara, bath gel, lip gloss -- but on Christmas morning, the stockings can be found placed among other Santa gifts to distinguish one girl's pile from the other's.