Monday 10 October 2016

Christmas Ornament Tutorial: Sew a Stripey Felt Stocking

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Time for another Christmas tutorial! Today I'm sharing how to make this felt stocking ornament:

felt stocking ornament

This stripey stocking ornament is part of a set of cute felt Christmas decorations I designed for docrafts Creativity magazine last year. I've already shared the tutorial for making the snowman bauble, and I'll be posting the rest of the projects over the coming weeks. 

felt Christmas ornaments
felt Christmas ornaments
felt stocking ornament

To make the stocking ornament, you will need:

- templates (see the bottom of this post)
- red felt
- dark green felt
- red sewing thread
- white embroidery thread (floss)
- assorted festive ribbons (I used silver ribbons from the docrafts Create Christmas range)
- three red mini pompoms
- white narrow ribbon
- toy stuffing
- sewing scissors (I recommend using embroidery scissors to cut out the small felt shapes)
- sewing needles and pins

To make the stripey stocking:

1. Use the templates provided to cut out the felt pieces: two red stockings and two dark green holly leaves. 

2. Cut ribbon pieces a few cm wider than the stocking - I cut pieces of three different silver trims. Sew on with tiny white whip stitches (or line of running stitch at edge) folding over ends. When fold ends over, sew at back with small whip stitches sewing into the felt not through it.

3. Position two holly leaves as pictured and sew in corner with a few small stitches of red sewing thread. Add three mini red pompoms sewing each with a stitch or two. 

4. Cut a 15cm (6 inch) length of narrow white ribbon. Fold the ribbon into a loop and sew the ends to the top right corner of the undecorated stocking shape. Use whip stitch and red sewing thread, sewing into the felt not through it.

5. Place the front and back stocking pieces together so the ends of the ribbon are sandwiched between the two layers and the loop sticks out the top of the ornament.

Hold or pin the two stocking pieces together and blanket stitch around the edge, using half strands of white embroidery thread. Start at the top right corner of the stocking, stitch most of the way round and leave a gap for stuffing.

6. Add small pieces of stuffing to gradually fill the star, stuffing it lightly so it's evenly filled but still very squishy. Then sew up the gap with more blanket stitches and finish your stitching neatly at the back. 

felt stocking ornament

This tutorial is for personal use only: you can use it to stitch as many felt ornaments as you want for yourself or as gifts, but please don't make any for sale. You may borrow a photo or two if you want to blog about this project, but remember to credit me and link back to the original source, and do not reproduce my entire post or share the pattern itself on your site. Thanks!

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felt stocking ornament tutorial


sherylb said...

So cute! Can't wait for the Santa!!Thank you!

Bugs and Fishes said...

Thanks, Sheryl! :)