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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.




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


  • Red and white felt
  • Stocking Template
  • Decorative punches (teardrop-shaped, hole-shaped, etc.)
  • Pencil
  • Needle and thread; sewing machine
  • Scissors
  • Scallop scissors
  • Tiny bells for embellishing


  1. Step 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.

  2. Step 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.

  3. Step 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.

  4. Step 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.

Martha Stewart Living, December 2001



Reviews (4)

  • constant1 30 Dec, 2010

    I made this, and I'm pretty happy with the result, so here are my tips:
    1. It won't look like the picture! Accept the small flaws as personality!
    2.Use Fiskars or McGill punches. They are the only ones sharp enough. The McGill also had a nice reach.
    3. If you can't find a teardrop punch, use a symmetrical shape, like a diamond, which would have saved me the headache of lining up the teardrop over layers of folded felt.
    4. Cheap felt--you can't punch through the really good stuff.
    Good luck!

  • danalouise_1 12 Dec, 2010

    Try using the kind of "[filtered word]" punches that make a single [filtered word]. They come in different shapes. Remember the hand held paper [filtered word] punch? hope this helps.

  • DebSatka 14 Nov, 2010

    I bought the materials to make this project but I am unable to punch through the felt to make it look nice. I ever bought "Martha Stewart" brand punches thinking maybe they would work better. But no luck. If anyone has any tips on how to punch through the felt please let me know. I tried placing cardstock on either side of the felt too and it didn't work.

  • CharInSeattle 7 Aug, 2008

    Thank you for this great project with pattern and clear instructions. This would be cute with eyelet fabric, also.