What could be more wonderful than making your own Christmas stocking with your child? It is so easy that your whole family can each make one to hang on the mantle. The instructions provided here will make a stocking that is approximately two to three feet in length. The felt can be any color, though usually red, green, or white are typical Christmas colors.
Things You'll Need
- Felt material, 1/2 yard, 36 inches wide
- Hot glue gun
- Glitter, beads, and sequins
- Pieces of fabric trim
- Stocking pattern
- Glitter glue
- Pom-poms, 1 inch or smaller
Making the Stocking
Find a stocking pattern. There is a resource provided below in the 'Resources' section where you can find a printable pattern. Just be sure to enlarge the image to fit your felt dimensions.
Place two sheets of felt one on top of the other. They can be the same color or two different colors, if you choose. Trace the pattern onto one of the sheets of felt.
Carefully cut out the stocking shape from the felt sheets. You should now have two exact duplicates of the stocking pattern.
Use a hot glue gun to glue the two stocking pieces together all the way around, leaving the top open. Make sure to let it dry completely.
Use a hot glue gun to place a trim around your stocking. This will cover up the seams and give the stocking a pleasant appearance. Do this for both sides of the stocking. Do not place trim on the top where there is an opening. It is very important to let the trim dry completely before moving on to Step 6.
Fold down the top of the stocking 3 inches to make a cuff. Press the stocking lightly with an iron (set on low heat) so it will lay flat.
Cut a piece of felt 6 inches long and 1 inch wide. Double it into a loop. Glue it to the back of the stocking at the top. This will be the hanger.
Write a name on one side of the flap using glitter glue. Trim the flap with pom-pom balls (front and back). Let them dry completely.
Decorating the Stocking
Cut out some shapes with different colored felt pieces; you can cut out a snowflake, a snowman, a Christmas tree, or Santa. Glue your choice on the center of the stocking and finish decorating as outlined below.
Gather together different trimmings such as glitter, beads, or sequins. Decorate your Christmas stocking with one or all. Use your imagination; the sky’s the limit.
Let the stocking dry overnight. Hang it up when you are ready.
Tips & Warnings
- Let each step that requires the use of a hot glue gun dry completely before moving on with the project. This will make the project much easier to do.
- Lightweight decorating materials work best. Avoid gluing heavy objects on the stocking.
- Keep the hot glue gun away from small children.
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