I made these Christmas Stockings around 5 years ago (before I created this blog). But they are still going strong, and get pulled out every year. I don’t have any photos of during the make, but they are so easy, I thought Id share, and just talk through the process.
- Felting material (or other robust fabric)
- Scraps of patterned material (or felt of you plan to glue on the letters / decoration)
- Bias tape
- Sewing machine and or glue gun + needle and thread.
The first thing you need to do is cut out two identical shapes of the stocking. Fold of the felt fabric to double and pin in place to avoid movement. If you feel confident just cut out the shape, being careful to make sure both shapes are the same.
Alternatively you can use a paper pattern – just size up a stocking shape on your printer. (Or draw it out on a pice of newspaper to get the size / shape you want).
On one of the pieces, sew or glue on letters and pictures. the parcels are just 4 sided shapes, with a strip for ribbon and two bunny ear shapes for the bow. All very easy.
Once your decoration is in place, sew your bias tape along the top of each stocking.
Then turn the two stocking pieces together with the name and picture on the inside (i.e. the stocking will be inside out.
Place a piece of ribbon doubled over at one end with a piece on either side of the felt pieces.
And sew the whole lot up, keeping the bias taped edges unsewn obviously. I always sew straight up – as Im lazy, and as you can see from my pics that the sewing is pretty rough and ready.
If you are less sure, or want a more perfect finish, by all means pin and tack the pieces together first.
– Any robust fabric would work well -or you could line a thinner fabric by making 2 extra pieces to sandwich in.
I use my sewing machine to do the appliqué. Glueing felt pieces would work fine. Or you could hand sew, but that would be quite time consuming. My kids love these stockings, and they have very much become a family tradition.The kids get giant stockings. Mr PSGC and I have slightly more modest lists for Santa.
Just enough space for some sweets and a smelly candle. – Or the keys to a brand new mercedes maybe? A girl can dream can’t she.