Easy Home Made Felt and Appliqué Christmas Stockings
These Christmas Stockings were made back in 2010 (long before I created this blog). But they are still going strong, and get pulled out every year. I didn’t take photos of the process, but they are so easy, the instructions should be enough to follow 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.
First cut out two identical shapes of stocking. It needs to be wide enough at the ankle to get plenty of pressies inside! It’s worth drawing out full size on paper or newspaper to get a shape you are happy with. Then pin two pieces of felt on to this paper template, and cut.
The next stage is to decorate the front of one of the sides, by glueing or sewing in place. Detailed instructions about how to sew on the applique can be found here: Applique Instructions. Alternatively use fabric glue for an easier project.
These look great personalised, then to decorate with parcels cut a 4 sided shape then add a strip for ribbon and two bunny ear shapes for the bow. All very easy. We made one for each of the family.
Once the decorations are in place, sew bias tape along the top of each stocking for a neat finish.
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.
This felt/blanket fabric is ideal for these, as it holds its shape. Also it doesn’t fray, so you don’t need to sew round the seams.
Any robust fabric will work well -or line a thinner fabric with the iron on backing fabric to give it rigidity.
Use a sewing machine to do the appliqué, or if you dont have a machine glueing felt pieces to the stocking. Hand sewing is a possibility, but would be very 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?