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25 Days of Xmas - Day 5 - DIY Christmas Stocking

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DIY is just plain old fun anytime of the year, but even more so at Christmas! I love making Christmas decorations as you will see in my later post, but today I thought I would share with you a DIY Christmas Stocking. I have always had a stocking ever since I was little and I still have the same one now. Though we don't really have stocking fillers anymore, we just use them to put our other presents in and it is still just as fun! This DIY would be perfect for a Christmas stocking for yourself, or would make a great alternative to a gift bag, that can be reused by the receiver.

Christmas Stocking DIY

For this stocking you will need:

  • 2 Pieces of Red Felt (Mine were 12X12 inches but any size will do as long as it is as big as an A4 piece of paper.)
  • 1-2 Pieces of White Felt (Depending on how much decoration you want.)
  • A Glue Gun or Strong Glue
  • Ribbon of your choice
  • Scissors
  • Templates
  • Pencil
  • Toy Stuffing (Optional)

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The first thing you need to do is to draw round your template twice and cut out two red stocking shapes. My template was actually from a pair of socks I bought. You can either google for a template, or you can pick mine up here. Just print it out on to A4 card or paper.

JPG // PDF

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Keeping the right side facing outwards if you decide to use a patterned felt, glue your two stocking together on all edges apart from the top opening. Try to keep your glue as close as the edge as possible to leave a nice size opening inside. You don't need to turn it inside out because I think the raw edges add to the stocking and you can hardly tell. Leave it to dry fully, preferably with a weight on top like a stack of magazines or a heavy book.

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From you white felt, you need to cut out two rectangles to stick at the top of your stocking. Judge for yourself how tall you want them to be, but with the width, leave an extra tab at either side just longer than the width of the stocking.

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Stick your white rectangles to the top of the stocking on each side being careful not to glue the stocking shut. This next bit is optional but I added a little bit of stuffing inside the white rectangle to puff it out a little bit. Make sure to also glue together at the sides that extra bit of length you left on the width.

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On the remainder of your white felt, draw on your decorations. I decided to go with stars and I used some cookie cutters as templates, but I will also add these onto the stocking template for you to download and cut out. Do as many or as little as you like and cut them out.

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Arrange your decorations on the stocking before gluing them into place. I decorated both sides.

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Using your ribbon cut out a length for your desired hook - you can make it as long or short as you like. Glue the two ends together, before adding a blob of glue on each side and sandwiching it into one side of the stocking inside. It's best to put it on the edge furthest from the toe part.

And there you have your complete stocking. They are so simple and quick to make and you can tailor them by using different colours or decorations. Make sure to leave it to dry completely under a heavy weight before you hang it up. If you find that it will not hold the weight of your items with just glue on the ribbon hook, add a couple of stitches inside to secure it more firmly. If you make one of these then share a picture with me over on twitter @prettyedu88.

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