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Felted-wool-stocking

There's still plenty of time before Christmas to knock out these stockings for the whole family. Using felted wool blankets makes Christmas stockings very quick to stitch up.

The beauty of felted blankets is that they're thick enough to hold a nice shape even if they're big so there's no need to line them or use interfacing.

Over the last few Christmases I've made slightly smaller versions of these with our year six class. They do a running stitch around the edges and stitch on fabric & felt scraps, ribbons and buttons. I love making these with the classes, a very unusual calm descends upon them.

This is a largish stocking that I've stuffed with chocolate - the design is quite classic as it's going to school as a raffle prize for the Christmas Fair.

These are so simple to make, here's how to make this stocking with a cuff:

Cut out two stocking shapes and two pieces for a separate cuff. The finished size of this one is about 23" top to toe (with the cuff rolled down.) The cuff piece is about 5" high by 8.5" wide.

Before sewing the two sides together decorate the front if you wish. Then stitch it together and turn it right side out.

I used a cookie cutter as a template to needle felt the gingerbread man on, then sewed on his trimmings. I also added a dyed piece of felt to the toe and heel and blanket stitched around them. Then I cut out a few holly leaves and backstitched down the centre of each and added a few beads for holly berries.

Stocking-how-to-sketch To make a cuff cut out two pieces of felted wool that extend about 5" above the stocking. Put them together and stitch down the sides (I sewed a length of bauble trim to this one.) Then sew the cuff onto the completed stocking wrong side out with the bauble trim at the top and turn the cuff down and over to the right side after it's sewn on. 

To finish, stitch a ribbon to the inside for hanging.

There are so many stocking templates out there I haven't included one here but if anyone feels another one is needed I'll knock one up (hopefully before Christmas ;) And I can sketch up the appliqued pieces too.

Sorry no images for a full how-to, no time at the moment. I'll stop rambling now, back to a very important non-Christmas related job.

Have a great weekend.

Update: In reference to Lisa's question about the dye, I've used a couple different types of dye but we really only have one easy brand to get here in the UK which is Dylon.

I stock-piled a lot of their Multi-Purpose dye a few years back and am still using that supply. They have now changed their product line and the dye that has similar instructions to the Multi-Purpose is called Dylon Fabric Dye for Hand Use. See their site for the instructions on how to use it.

I've not done a tutorial for dying blankets because Lynn has a great one which illustrates a good process to use (she used Multi-Purpose too but substitute that if it's no longer available, just check the instructions to be sure your dye works on wool.)

Comments

Lisa

This is great! I love the cookie cutter idea too (I think I have every shape in the world)! Did you just use Rit to dye the pieces, or something else?

Pam Harris

Beautiful stocking. I will make one or two or three! And tell us about the hearts!

Joanie Gorman

Pam, the hearts are from a series of Christmas craft tutorials I did for my last article for The Green Parent magazine. They are stuffed with crushed cinnamon sticks and cloves. I made the hessian/burlap version with a class of 10 year olds last year. Very simple, and quick to whip up!

michelle

The stocking is adorable! I hope I have time to make at least one or two!

Rachel

What a fantastic idea! And your stocking is gorgeous. SO much great information in this post. I'll be linking!

monica

very nice! we all have stockingsin our family but as you said, what a great raffle item!

Christy

What a super sweet stocking! It's perfect in every way.:)

Anne

Get out! These are fantastic!!! When I saw the subject line I was expecting some simple stockings, but WOW when I opened the post and saw that beautiful wool stocking my jaw hit the floor.

Denise Felton

This idea rocks in every way! I've scheduled a link to this post to go live on my blog Wednesday morning (Central USA time), "Handmade Christmas Day." I hope it brings you a few extra clicks.

Denise
http://needlework.craftgossip.com

Ruth

What an adorable stocking!

Mattie

That is just wonderful!

Amanda

I am writing to request permission to reprint this adorable project on Craftown.com. We would of course give you full credit and will happily link back to your blog. Please let me know if this is acceptable. Thanks!

Amanda Formaro
Chief Editor - Craftown.com
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CraftElf

Wow I really like your gingerbread man. My family has stockings made from store bought kits, but yours is way better. Way to go!

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