Homemade Festive Stockings: Create Your Own Advent Bunting!
Now here’s a Christmas crafting project that’s worth its wight in gold (or certainly worth its weight in chocolate!) This gorgeous Christmas Stocking bunting will not only add a fun and festive finish to any room of the house in the run-up to Christmas, but if you get it hung by December 1st, you can use it as a gorgeous advent calendar too! There are 24 mini stockings which you can fill with treats to make the countdown to Christmas even more exciting (is that possible?!) and it can be reused year after year.
This fun festive project shows you how to create a variety of pretty mini stockings – some plain, some simply embellished. Want to get even more creative? You could further personalise yours with letters, numbers or motifs of your choice!
- Twelve pieces of felt in two colours, 22 x 32cm (9 x 12½in)
- Twelve pieces of fabric in two colours/designs, 22 x 32cm (9 x 12½in)
- A selection of trimmings of your choice: ric-rac, felt offcuts, ribbon etc.
- Fusible web
- Stocking pattern C & Templates 9 and 10 from ’20 To Make: Mini Bunting’ Book by Alistair MacDonald
- Pinking shears
- Sewing machine
- Fabric dies (optional)
Take one of the felt pieces and fold it in half, (right sides together) then cut out six pairs of the mini stocking. Repeat with the remaining felt piece and the two fabric pieces, so you have twenty-four stocking pairs in total.
Cut a variety of motifs from the leftover felt and fabric. You could use fabric dies, homemade paper templates, or your own imagination!
To construct the plain fabric stockings: pin two stocking pieces right sides together and sew around with a 1cm (3/8in) seam allowance. Trim the seam allowance with pinking shears if you have them. Turn over 2cm (¾in) at the top and sew round the top of the stocking 1cm (3/8in) from the edge. Turn the stocking through.
To construct the felt stockings: pin two stocking pieces right sides together and sew around with a 1cm (3/8in) seam allowance. Trim the seam allowance with pinking shears if you have them. Turn over 2cm (¾in) at the top and sew around the top of the stocking, 1cm (3/8in) from the edge. Alternatively, create a fold-over cuff by turning the stocking through and folding 2cm (¾in) over to the right side. Trim into a zigzag shape with scissors if desired.
For the fabric appliqué: iron fusible web onto the reverse of the appliqué fabric, draw round the motif template or cut out an image from the design of the fabric, remove the backing and iron onto the background fabric/felt. Sew round the motif.
There is no need to use fusible web for the felt appliqué, as felt is quite a stable fabric. Simply pin and stitch the felt pieces in place. Draw round the motif templates or trace the toe/heel templates from stocking pattern C. You can also sew strips of felt or fabric, layered with ric-rac or ribbon across the stocking, about 6cm (23/8in) from the top.
Top Tip: Display the mini stockings, attached with pegs, on a length of ribbon or twine. You can add numbers if you wish, printed or stamped onto card.
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