I made one of these photo stockings a few years ago using a photo of James and Bella. The photo has survived perfectly - I just fold it in half at the end of the festive season and roll a tea towel around it before storing so that the pic won't get scratched.
This is a simple version of my orginal one. I made it out of felt for my nephew Oscar and it's far less embellished and quite smaller than the first one. I think he'll like it though....what little 3 year old doesn't like seeing a photo of themselves?!!
The stocking is approximately A4 size, which is perfect if you buy your felt by the sheet instead of the metre.
If you would like to make a felt stocking, right hand click on the template above and save to 'my documents'. Then print out on an A4 piece of paper and cut out. (Sorry I still don't know how to do a pdf file, but this should work nicely). Use the template to cut out X2 felt stockings (front and back).
Machine stitch some twill or ribbon right at the very top of the stocking - I've used twill purchased from Ribbons Galore (they have a sale at the moment too).
Machine stitch a photo onto the stocking - remember to hold everything nice and flat while you are stitching to prevent any bumps forming under the photograph. I held my photo into position with some double sided tape, which helped keep it nice and straight.
Machine stitch another row of twill or ribbon directly underneath the photo. To prevent the edges of the twill/ribbon fraying I used some Strano Ribbon Stiff. Add a few buttons and then blanket stitch the stocking together. You could also machine stitch the seams together.
This was a quick project...from start to finish it only took me about 30 - 40 minutes.
Here's the back of the fabric postcard (for Sarah). It has also been created from fabric, but I'm sure card would work nicely too.