A couple of years ago I made some sweater stockings from thrifted sweaters, and I loved them. I loved the look and the colors, but I didn’t stabilize the sweater knit while I was sewing. They were stretched out and wonky, and I felt like I needed to put pieces of cardboard inside to make them look good.
I kept using those sweater stockings for a couple of years because I was having more kids and wasn’t ready to invest a lot of time into making new stockings yet. We moved at the beginning of this year, so I got rid the stockings before we moved. I knew that meant that I would have to make new stockings for our new home. I almost didn’t have time to make them, but I forced them into my to-do list so that we could enjoy our Christmas stockings for the majority of the holiday season.
I found a big cut of gray felt at Savers and bought it to make stockings. I like how the gray unifies the stockings even though they have their own details. Everything else used for these stockings I had in my stash, so it was a very inexpensive project for me. All the stockings are lined with holiday quilting cotton that I had in my stash and finished with bias binding. I drafted my own shape for the stockings and the cuff at the top.
I don’t sew with felt very often. I have a stash of felt that I use for projects every once in awhile. I used to struggle with using felt because it’s such a different fabric than the apparel fabric I usually work with. It’s tricky to draw on it, cut out shapes, and applique it onto fabric, but I’ve learned a couple of tricks to make it easier to work with. In this post I use acrylic craft felt, but it would work for all kinds of felt. Today I will share my best tip for sewing with felt.
- Iron double sided iron-on adhesive (my favorite is Heat n Bond Lite*) onto the felt before cutting or using it. Use a low heat setting so you don’t melt your felt.
- Iron the double sided iron-on adhesive onto the felt.
- Draw whatever shape I want onto the paper backing. That way I can draw the correct shape and the correct size before I cut the felt.
- Carefully cut the shape out with scissors.
- Peel the paper backing off and place the shape where you want it to be. Iron it on using a low setting and a press cloth.
- I like to add stitching because I like the way stitching looks on felt, but you can skip it if it isn’t the look you’re going for. For items getting heavy use I would do perimeter stitching and detail stitching to make it really strong.
This is my husband’s stocking, and he picked a candle. I made a white candle with a yellow stand, and I used gold leather for the fire. I love the way the gold leather catches the light like a fire. I finished the edges with a black and white gingham which feels Christmassy and masculine at the same time.
My stocking has a white poinsettia. I love the look of the winter plant and picked it for myself. I sewed a white flower shape onto the stocking and then glued pleated petals and felt balls onto the middle. It’s a great 3D look. I finished the edges with a red floral bias tape that I had in my stash. I also had a little bit of pompom trim to add to the cuff.
For my son I made a candy cane stocking. I cut a white felt candy cane shape and then wrapped it with red bias tape. Then I ironed it onto the stocking and stitched around it. I finished the edges with a red and gold dotted bias binding I had in my stash.
I did snowflakes for my older daughter since she has a little obsession with the movie Frozen. It was fun to create snowflake shapes for her stocking with white felt. I have had this green bias binding with a lace edge for years and finally used it up on this stocking. It’s so pretty and feminine and definitely has a winter vibe. I also added some pompom trim to her cuff which looks great next to the lace.
Last of all is my baby’s stocking with a beautiful evergreen tree. I used two different colors of green to get the branch effect and didn’t some interesting topstitching. I love how simple and textural it is. I used a matching green bias binding to finish the edges. I love all the stockings, but I really love the look of the tree.
Do you enjoy sewing with felt? Which is your favorite stocking?