Increase your tot’s excitement about the big day with her very own Christmas stocking!
What you’ll need:
- Fabrics in pastel shades
- Fabric for lining
- Gingham ribbon
- Sewing machine
Let’s get crafty:
1. Cut out two stockings in the pastel (face) fabric and two stockings in the contrast lining. For extra excitement, let your child choose her own fabrics.
2. Lay the two face stockings together with the right sides facing each other. Pin, then stitch a 5mm seam allowance leaving the stocking top open.
3. Lay the two contrast lining stockings together and stitch around the outer edges. Leave a 5cm gap in the stitching line on the straight part of the back.
4. Create a 5cm-long loop from the ribbon to hang from the top of the stocking. Stitch it securely to the back seam – it will have to bear some weight!
5. Clip the seam allowance around the curved stocking parts. Turn the face fabric stocking to the right side, tease out the curves, and press.
6. Place the turned stocking inside the un-turned lining stocking, matching the back and front seams together, pin in place and stitch around the top.
7. Turn the stocking to the right side through the gap in the lining and hand slip-stitch or machine edge stitch closed. Turn, then push the lining inside.
8. Cut a length of ribbon long enough to circle the top of the stocking and stitch in place on the lining side, 1cm down from the top edge.
9. Tie a small bow in another piece of gingham ribbon and stitch it to the centre of the ribbon border on the lining side so it won’t come undone.
10. Press the stocking, turn the top of it down to form a cuff and hang it from your mantlepiece ready for a certain jolly fellow in red to pay a visit.
Why not try… adding a material tag embroidered with your child’s name to make the stocking extra special!
Anthea Turner is the face of Create and Craft TV’s ‘Get Britain Crafting’ campaign and created this modern take on the Christmas stocking. For more project ideas, log on to the campaigns Facebook and Pinterest pages, or tune into Sky 671, Freesat 813, and Freeview 36.