How To Make Christmas Stockings
I finished the stockings.
Simple, fun bright stockings that will attract the eyes of my five month old babies.
I’ve started what I hope is a tradition in our little family as I’d like to aim to make them both a stocking each Christmas. I’ll let you know how I get on with that idea, it may be too ambitious, but I do hope not.
As you can see I’m already in my element. Creating corners and wee cosy nooks. It’s entirely for my own satisfaction as the twins are far too young to appreciate any of it but I’ve been waiting a long time for my children’s first Christmas and by golly I’m going to suck the very life out of it.
OK, I’m going to keep the instructions for making these stockings very, very simple.
To make one of these stockings you will need –
- Two pieces of felt – both large enough to make one half of a stocking (my stockings measured approx 40x15cm excluding the cuff)
- A piece of contrasting felt big enough to make an initial
- Buttons, beads & sequins for embellishing
- A piece of fabric for the stocking cuff
- A piece of fabric for the hanging loop
- Embroidery thread for sewing the initial
- Your choice of coloured wool for sewing the stockings together
- Cotton for sewing on the buttons
- Scissors, pinking shears and needles
- A piece of card for the templates
- Draw a stocking shape on to the card and cut the shape out
- Draw around the card template on to the felt and cut out the stocking shape using pinking shears. Do this twice creating two stocking halves
- Draw the template of the initial you have chosen (for example ‘A’) on to a piece of card and cut it out
- Draw around the template on the contrasting piece of felt and cut it out.
- Pin your initial in place on one of the stocking pieces and sew it in to place using a bright coloured embroidery thread
- Embellish the initial with sequins and beads to add definition
- Decorate the rest of the stocking front with buttons
- Sew the two halves together
- You now have a stocking
To make the cuff –
- Use a piece of fabric that is long enough to fit around the circumference of the stocking and wide enough to create a cuff
- To make the cuff, fold the fabric in half and pin together with the right side of the fabric on the inside
- Sew up three sides leaving one end open
- Use the open end to pull the fabric the right way out and then sew up the open end
- Then sew your cuff in to place around the top of the stocking – I sewed on the inside of the cuff and only sewed through one layer of the cuff’s fabric as I didn’t want my stitches to bee seen on the outside
- Sew a loop in to the inside corner of the stocking and you have now completed your stocking.
These are very simple stockings but I think it’s the colours that bring them to life. Bright candy colours that make you smile.
I’ll certainly be able to fit a satsuma, some chocolate coins and a rattle in these. I’ll have the satsuma, Robert will nick the coins and the babies will enjoy their rattle. Although it may have to double as a teether as we have that to deal with right now. Eeeek!
Whatever comes our way this Christmas, teething issues or not, I am filled with peace right now. It’s our first as parents and to say that I am rather looking forward to it is an understatement.
If you have been reading me for any length of time you’ll know that I love this time of year but my feelings about this one are off the scale.
It’s not that I’m jumping around and frantic or even trying to get super organised, no, it’s much more calm and mellow than that.
Maybe I’m just happy.
Yes, I’ll leave it at that.
Simple things, simple days, simple feelings.
Oh and a build-up to Christmas that has clearly started in earnest *oh dear*
Apologies in advance.
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