First, I decided to try a lone star style pattern like this inspiration photo.
this tutorial from the Hopeful Homemaker to try to recreate it. I really love it, but my first attempt was far too large to work for a stocking. I guess I'll have a new Christmas pillow cover! Whoops!
I modified the previous tutorial to be a little smaller to make the diamonds. Once I made a handful of them, I realized I didn't really love the look with the light cuff like our stockings have.
I decided to swap out the solid for one of the more neutral prints in my Christmas fabric. Still not loving it.
I do really like the diamonds though, so I'm going to keep going with it in a slightly different direction.