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Nutcracker Stockings How-To

Introduction

The Nutcracker dances may awaken a child's curiosity about sweet delicacies and the countries associated with them. Here are some stocking-stuffer ideas: Nutcracker Stocking-Stuffer Ideas.

Materials

Steps

  1. Step 1

    Enlarge template, and duplicate to use as patterns.

  2. Step 2

    From blue felt, cut two entire boots, a calf section (cut slit and holes as marked), and a strip for hanging. Cut a sole from taupe felt. For front, place calf section over a full boot; topstitch along bottom three sides. Place front of boot on back; topstitch through all layers, leaving top open.

  3. Step 3

    Place sole on bottom of stocking; stitch around all edges. For bootlaces, lace braided cord through holes at center slit; sew buttons through holes to stocking front. Glue silver star to heel. To hang, make a loop from felt strip; stitch to back of boot.

  4. Step 4

    Enlarge template, and duplicate to use as patterns.

  5. Step 5

    Cut two entire stocking shapes from cream felt; cut shoe shape and a strip for hanging from blue felt. For front, place shoe on top of one stocking; topstitch along top edge of shoe.

  6. Step 6

    Place front of stocking on back; topstitch through all layers, leaving top open. For ruffle, cut blue pleated trim equal to circumference of top opening. Topstitch.

  7. Step 7

    For laces, cut blue ribbon to fit diagonally across stocking; hand-sew ribbons in position at ends and in a few places across their lengths. Sew tiny blue buttons to front of stocking where ribbons cross. Make a loop of blue strip; stitch to center back of the stocking. Glue silver star to top of shoe.

  8. Step 8

    Enlarge template, and duplicate to use as patterns. Cut two entire drum shapes and a strip for hanging from red felt; cut a drumhead from cream felt, and two drumsticks from taupe felt.

  9. Step 9

    For front, make a slit in one red drum as shown on template; this will be the stocking's opening. Pin drumhead in place; slide pleated ribbon beneath it to peek out from right side, tapering at ends.

  10. Step 10

    Topstitch right side of drumhead in place. Place front of drum on back; 1 inch from left top edge, pin red loop for hanging. Topstitch all layers together around outside.

  11. Step 11

    Hand-sew silver elastic cord to sides of drum in zigzag shape; to make tacking easier, sew a kink into cord at corners before stitching to shell. Glue on stars and drumsticks.

Source
Martha Stewart Kids, Special Issue 2001