Merry Meet All,
Stockings hung by the chimney with care, visions of sugarplums dancing in their heads. It is that time of year again. Here is a good craft idea that will be lots of fun for the whole family.
Make a template. Draw the shape of a stocking on a piece of cardboard. Now here you are allowed room for creativity. The stocking can be the shape and size you want. Cut it to your desired size and shape.
Draw on the felt. Draw on the wrong side of the fabric so the drawing marks don’t show. Fold the felt in half or use two seperate pieces. Place the template on the felt and trace around it with chalk.
Pin the felt. Use pins to attach the two pieces of felt together. Place the pins evenly and neatly in the fabric. Place pins in straight on the material. Do not use bent or broken pins.
Before you sew the two pieces of felt together, give some thought to how you want to decorate the stocking. Also, give thought to the color of the stocking. You can do any color you want. I saw gorgeous cream-colored stockings with beautiful embroidery and beads at Chapters. I also saw silver-colored stockings there with the same embroidery and beadwork. You can be really decorative or really simple. It is all up to you and how attractive you want your stocking to look. Tie ribbons around the top of the stockings. Embroider a special someone’s initials onto the stocking for a personalized touch.
Press the fabric with an iron. Pressing out the rough edges of the fabric ensures a smoother look to the stocking.
Sew the two pieces of felt together by sewing machine. Using a sewing machine ensures that the stocking will look great. Trim the material with pinking shears. Make a hole in the corner of the top of the stocking and run a length of cord through the hole. Tie a knot in one end. Thread the other end through the hole in the stocking and tie it into a knot. Tie both ends together to make a loop.
Decorate the stocking by gluing beads on in a snowflake pattern, or any other pattern you can think of. It is easier to decorate the stocking before you sew the two pieces of felt together.
Now that you know how to make stockings, you can make them for your family, friends, and even pets. They will love receiving such thoughtful gifts. Remember to hang the stockings by the chimney with care. Tuck in cinnamon sticks, mandarin orangs, nuts, and pine for a wintry scent.