As a child, the first thing I'd do on Christmas Day is jump out of bed, run over to the stocking hanging on my bedroom door and rummage, rummage, rummage through it - in some ways I actually preferred all the little treasures hidden in that sock over the bigger presents left for me by Santa downstairs (Cyndi Lauper's "Seven Deadly Cyns" on cassette tape was a particular highlight!). So, given my fond memories of Christmas stockings, I have to say this is probably one of my most favourite DIYs so far... Here's how you can make your own:
You will need | Red, green and white felt | Red felt balls | White wool | Tapestry needle | Sewing machine | Scissors
Step 1: Either by using a template or by free-hand, cut two stocking-shaped pieces out of the felt - make sure it's a good inch too big all round, because you'll need the excess for the seam.
Step 2: Using the wool and tapestry needle, decorate your stockings with embroidered stars - start in the middle and work your way around each of the points, then add little crosses at the end of each point for a 1960s feel!
Step 3: Cut out little circles using the white felt and stitch these around your stocking as polka dots for added decoration.
Step 4: You could also, like I have, stitch around the edge of the stocking (but remember to leave enough room for the seam!) and go all-out with a polka dot-covered stocking - the world is your oyster with the decoration!
Step 5: Next, pin the two pieces together, with the front facing the inside. Carefully sew the seam all the way around, but leave the top open (Santa needs to get the pressies in there somehow!) and also leave unstitched about two inches from each side closest to the top.
Step 6: Cut out two rectangular pieces of white felt and, keeping your stitched stocking inside-out, pin each piece to either side of the top of the stocking. Then sew along the join (this is why you needed to leave a couple of inches on either side of the top of the stocking, so you have room to feed it through the sewing machine at this stage - ahhhh!). You then just need to sew the remaining inches on either side and up along each side of the white felt to create the completed stocking shape, all sewn in place!
Step 7: Trim the excess felt around the seam and turn the stocking back to show the right side - voila, you have your stocking! Sew in a little hook made out of the offcuts of the felt so that you can hang your stocking, and decorate with felt holly leaves and red felt balls for berries.