The big count-down is on, kids, and if you’re like me, you’ve still got gifts to make and cookies to bake. I was working on this relatively easy, unlined felt stocking today and thought I’d share this idea with you. Depending on how fast you embroider and sew, this can be a very quick project.
These were for Guppy’s teachers this year. I didn’t think to take a picture until we were leaving for school, hence the horrible lighting in the pre-dawn hours of 8:30am! You can hardly make them out, but there are snow flakes above the trees…
You’ll need :
- Vegan felt. I used the vegan felt made from recycled plastic bottles I’ve blogged about before.
- Embroidery Floss & Needle
- Pencil or something to trace your pattern on.
- Christmas stocking to use as a model (if you don’t have a stocking at home, just free-hand it or google it, there are lots of them out there).
- Scissors, thread and optional sewing machine (you can hand sew this quickly).
1) Start by tracing your stocking shape onto your felt. The quickest way to do it is to line up your two pieces of felt back to back, or fold a larger piece in two, then pin together. That way you’ll only be cutting once.
2) Once you’ve cut out your felt, you’ll want to draw a little something on it to embroider. If you’re in a hurry (it is 3 days to Christmas) try to make your design rather simple. I just free-hand using a fat pencil. If this scares you (it did me the first time) practice a few times on a piece of paper first.
I just free-handed this little elf girl, see the minimalist lines, etc. She’s not done, yet – I still need to give her a smile! Snowmen, Christmas trees, etc. work well here as they require few details yet still look lovely.
3) Embroider! Some people prefer sewing first, then doing the embroidery, but I find that because there isn’t much room to move inside the stocking it’s easier to embroider first, then sew. Look at the “How To” section at the top of the page for tutorials on basic embroidery, or again, google it. There are many helpful videos on YouTube, too. I just used a basic split-stitch for most of this little elf, but do what is easiest for you.
4) If the idea of embroidery scares you, just add a few appliqués. Follow the technique for the Basic Holiday Ornaments to get fun shapes, then handsew them onto your stocking – just be sure to allow for a seam allowance, or your adorable shapes will be swallowed by the seams! Aaak!
5) Fold over the opening of your two halves to finish them off and give them a nice, finished seam. The best is to fold over once, then fold over again so the raw edge is tucked up nicely. The amount is up to you, just be sure it’s not too bulky and that it’s the same on both halves. Sew them up with your machine (faster) or by hand (not terribly slow, if you’re only making one stocking).
6) Now it’s time to sew the two halves of your stocking together. Pin them right sides together, like so :
Now just sew along the edge, giving yourself about a 1/4 inch seam allowance, and turn inside out! You might also want to add a little bit of ribbon to the top for hanging, or embellish with ribbons, etc.
I don’t actually have a finished picture of this one as I should be sewing it rather than writing a blog post about it, but to see a finished one, just again refer to the first photo in this post! Hopefully this one will be sewn up and stuffed with goodies before next year…
Do you have any ideas for quick, last-minute gift ideas? Just remember, it’s ok. No matter what you’ve made or who you’ve made it for, it really is the thought that counts, no matter how trite that sounds.
W.I.P. Wednesday will be back next year! It’s going to be an exciting year, and there will much going on. I can’t wait!