How To Make A Stocking Advent
Aha! Now this is a bit of a Christmassy scene isn’t it? The reason I’m publishing this project fairly early is to give you plenty of time to make it.
If you work or have a very busy family life then you’ll need time to get the materials together and to actually sit down and sew. Although once you get going with these stockings they are rather addictive and very easy but as this project could easily end up as an heirloom (I still have mine 10 years on and it’s showing no signs of wear) I want to give you enough time as possible to make it.
It also means you don’t have to make another one next year which means much more time spent with your fingers wrapped around the bottom of a wine glass.
So, to count down the 24 days of advent I have made a stocking advent garland. It’s a great size to fill with sweets and treats and you can make it in any colours you wish.
- Sketch out a stocking shape on to card in the size that you want each of your stockings to be. Remember that you’ll have 24 of them so you may want to figure out where you’re going to hang it before you make it.
- Draw around the stocking template and cut out your stocking shapes. You should end up with 48 felt stocking shapes in total
- Cut them out.
- To stitch the stockings together I used a blush pink thread on the white stockings
- Bright red thread on the blue stockings
- White thread on the pink stockings
- I used blanket stitch to stitch them together
Here they are all sewn up.
- In order to hang each of the stockings up I used a 1.5inch length of the same coloured embroidery thread I used to stitch them together.
- I made a hole with a hole punch and threaded it through the top left hand side of the stocking so the toe of the stocking is pointing to the bottom right when you look at it from the front
- I made it into a loop and secured it with a knot
- Once all 24 stockings were stitched together it was then time to decorate them.
- I used a very christmassy sparkly red trim to decorate the tops of the whites stockings and I secured the trim using some fabric glue
- To decorate the blue stockings I used some cute little white bobble trim
- For the pink I kept it traditional and used white faux fur trim
- I then drew and cut out numbers from 0 – 9 on a piece of card and used them as my templates to draw around on the green felt
- When all the numbers had been cut out I stuck them onto the stockings with some craft glue, alternating the colours of the stocking as I glued
- In order to hang the stockings I twisted two pieces of thick wool together so it was good and strong. This is so the stockings would to take the weight of the treats that they would soon be stuffed with.
Note: The length of wool we used was the correct size for our fireplace, you may decide to make yours longer or shorter depending on where you are going to hang your stocking advent garland.
- The stockings were then threaded onto the wool in numerical order and the ends were tied in place onto hooks at either side of the fireplace.
- I then filled the stockings with delicious treats for the 24 days of advent, including sweets, chocolates, candy canes etc..
I’ve thought about whether they will stay full right up until Christmas Eve but I’m not holding out too much hope. Number 14 is already empty as I COULD. NOT. RESIST. adding more junk to my trunk and I love the green triangular Quality Street.
So there we have it. My first full on Christmas Craft project for this year.
And seeing as it’s still only the 13th of November I think it’s safe to expect many more!
Have a darling weekend. Stay cosy and if the rain is coming down in sheets where you are too then stay dry also.
Lots of love
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Love this!!!! : ) How very insipiring!
I’m on Day 4 of my personal 7 day challenge to make my own version of this lovely idea in time for the start of advent. I’m posting my day-by-day progress in a facebook album (see website link on this post). I’m really enjoying it, it’s so fulfilling… Although I will be glad when I finish stitching the stockings tomorrow and get to the more fun part of trimming and assembling the garland!
Just beautiful Rebecca, I love the colours you have chosen and the trims.
Oh so very cute, but i think ive left it a little bit late!
Thank you so much for this! Although it’s February, I’m sitting at home with a due date on Monday for our first baby & 7 days into maternity leave I was going crazy until I came across this. It’s given me a project to do which I’ve just started. My husband thinks I’m barking mad to be doing Christmas stuff now, but I bet he won’t be complaining when it’s up and filled in a few months’ time!