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Project

Christmas Stockings with Wool-Felt Icicles

Introduction

Two kinds of handmade stockings are hung with care from the mantel. In this sewn version, ivory fabric is capped with wool-felt icicles.

You can also get our how-to for the Sequined Mohair Stockings.

Materials

  • Templates for stocking
  •  and cuff
  • Disappearing-ink pen
  • 1/2 yard ivory wool fabric, for stocking
  • 1/2 yard ivory lightweight cotton, for lining
  • 7-by-12-inch piece of ivory wool felt, for cuff
  • Fabric shears
  • Straight pins
  • Sewing machine
  • 5-inch piece of velvet ribbon
  • Fabric glue
  • Tweezers
  • White sequins

Steps

  1. Step 1

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    Download the stocking and cuff templates, and print. Photocopy the template sheet at 170 percent (or as desired). Cut out templates. Using a disappearing-ink pen, trace stocking template once onto wool fabric; flip template over, and trace a second shape. Then trace stocking template twice onto lightweight cotton. Trace cuff template onto wool felt twice, side by side. Cut out all traced pieces (with cuff as a single piece) using fabric shears; set cuff piece aside. Stack 2 wool stocking pieces, right sides facing. Stack 1 cotton-lining piece on top of stocking pieces, and 1 below, aligning all edges. Pin layers to secure (1).

  2. Step 2

    With a 1/2-inch seam allowance, machine-stitch the perimeter of the stocking, leaving the top unsewn. Trim the seam allowance along the toe's curves to prevent puckering and bulk. Turn stocking right side out.

  3. Step 3

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    Fold cuff piece in half crosswise; pin where the ends meet. Machine-stitch along ends with a 1/4-inch seam allowance; do not turn right side out. Slip the straight (nonicicle) edge of the cuff about 2 inches inside the stocking, aligning cuff's seam with stocking's heel-side seam (2). Pin to secure. Machine-stitch along top of stocking with a 1/2-inch seam allowance. Turn down cuff.

  4. Step 4

    Fold velvet ribbon in half. Machine-stitch along ends to create a loop. Stitch loop inside cuff, next to seam.

  5. Step 5

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    Dab dots of fabric glue onto the cuff. Using tweezers, add white sequins (3). Let dry.