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Jingle Bell Stockings

The pierced detailing on these felt stockings -- reminiscent of openwork on creamware china -- is made using decorative hole punches.

Jingle Bell Stockings

Photography: Stephen Lewis

Source: Martha Stewart Living, December 2001

Introduction

Tip: Practice the patterns on a piece of scrap felt first, since placing holes in correct order is tricky.

materials

  • Red and white felt

  • Decorative punches (teardrop-shaped, hole-shaped, etc.)

  • Pencil

  • Needle and thread; sewing machine

  • Scissors

  • Scallop scissors

  • Tiny bells for embellishing

steps

  1. On four pieces of felt, trace stocking template -- use one color felt for stocking back and front and a contrasting color for lining. Draw a grid of 1-inch squares on reverse of exterior stocking pieces, then draw crisscross lines. Use grid to map designs.

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  2. Use punches of various shapes and sizes to work designs of your own liking. For snowflake pattern: With a pencil, transfer design in illustration onto stocking, starting at toe and repeating until pattern covers both back and front of stocking. The "horizontal" and "vertical" teardrops are 1/2 inch from center point; "diagonal" teardrops, large holes, and small holes are, respectively, 1/4 inch, 1 inch, and 1 1/4 inches from center point. To work pattern, fold felt along a grid line two squares off center point; using teardrop- or hole-shape punch, punch out design through both layers of fabric. When punch can no longer reach design, refold felt, and continue punching.

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  3. To assemble stocking: With lining on outside, sew the four pieces together with a 1/4-inch seam allowance, leaving top edge open. Along the heel, toe, and ankle curves, cut notches and slits into front of ankle. Trace the cuff template onto a piece of felt, and cut out; cut long edge with scallop scissors, and punch one hole in each scallop. Sew short sides of the cuff together, using a 1/4-inch seam allowance. With the seams on the outside, slide cuff over the top of the stocking, and -- lining up the straight edges and seams -- machine-stitch together, using a 1/4-inch seam allowance.

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  4. Turn stocking inside out, and fold down cuff. Using pattern on the template cut out the hanging loop; hand sew in place right inside the top of the stocking. Sew bells on the edge of the cuff or at center of snowflakes.

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