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 after we moved we had two fireplaces to decorate. I made some beautiful DIY felt Christmas stockings that is seen right when you walk in our front door.
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. If you need stocking ideas check out this big list of DIY Christmas stockings!
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?
If you make something using this tutorial, I’d love to see! Please share it on social media with the hashtag #heatherhandmade and tag me!