The handmade Christmas gift challenge
This year, me and Tom decided that we’d make each other a Christmas present with a budget of £10. I’ve been meaning to get around to making Christmas stockings, and this seemed like the perfect opportunity! I found a lovely template in issue 33 of Mollie Makes magazine – it is originally a template for a quilted stocking, but I wanted to make a felt one. I’ve seen lots of templates with funny shaped feet, so I was pleased to find it! I bought this lovely wool felt from Wool Felt Company (the shades are Christmas red and dark green) and I already had the other trimmings.
The first step is to pin and cut out the stocking pieces – I folded the felt in half and cut the two pieces together to make sure they are the same. I added 14cm length to the top of the template.
Then I measured the holly fabric by laying the felt over the top and cutting around it – I did this by eye but took measurements afterwards! You’ll need two 21.5 x 10.5cm pieces, pinned to the top with a small hem.
Next, I cut two pieces of gold ric rac and stitched them over the join between the fabric and felt. (If you’re wondering about when to stitch the rest of the fabric, don’t worry – that will be done shortly!) I also stitched a felt ‘T’ (for Tom) on the front piece of felt.
The next step was to machine stitch along the tops of the two stocking pieces. Then I cut a length of ribbon and put it between the two stocking pieces before pinning the whole thing together. The last step was to machine stitch around the sides of the stocking.
I’m so pleased with how it has turned out – hopefully Tom will love it too 🙂 Merry Christmas!