1) Marry into (or at least become engaged within) a large family.
2) Decide that you're going to make everyone, from grandparent to grandkid, a 16" stocking.
Works like a charm, every time - and in only 2 easy steps!
I calculated out 16 family members on his side (he's one of 7 kids) plus 3 for me and my parents. I have 2 siblings + a FSIL that didn't make it out, so theirs are a project for 2011. But all in all, the total came to 19 stockings - a few of which I was able to do from stash, but most of which took me on a tour of every quilt shop in the OKC metro area looking for just the perfect fabric for each person.
Here's the result:
|19 stockings, hung by the fire with care. Mine is the pumpkins, if anyone asks.|
Extra points to anyone who can correctly identify which 2 stockings here came from stash.