Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Mini Fabric Christmas Stocking Holiday Ornaments

I have been busy using up a lot of my left over fabric scraps to make some holiday ornaments to attach to my Christmas packages this year. These mini stocking ornaments only take a few minutes to make so you can whip them out pretty quickly.

Supplies Needed:

scraps of cotton or homespun fabrics
poly-fiber fill stuffing
1/4" wide satin ribbon
Sewing machine and basic sewing supplies
All-Purpose Craft Glue

Pattern: I free handed a basic stocking shape that measures 3 1/2" long by 3 1/4" wide at its widest point (toe to heel). If you are not great a free handing shapes, look on the internet for a free stocking pattern or template. The pattern for my sock cuff measures 1 1/4" high by 2 1/2" wide.

Note: I used 1/4" seam allowances so make sure you figure in your seam allowances to your measurements.

Cutting Out The Fabric: You will need to cut 2 pieces for your stocking. For the cuff, cut that piece on the fold of your fabric so that its double in width. My finished cut piece measures 1 1/4" high by 5" wide.

Sewing: Pin your 2 stocking pieces right sides together. Sew from the top edge of your stocking to the top of the toe area. Open up the stocking and pin the cuff piece (right sides together) to the top of your stocking and sew it to the top edges of your stocking. Next, sew the back long edge, heel and up to the toe area of the stocking but leave the top of the cuff area open. Turn the stocking inside out (via the opening at the top cuff area) and light stuff with some poly fiber-fill.

Finishing: Cut a piece of satin ribbon that measures 5" long and shape it into a knotted loop. Using thread and a needle, hand stitch the cuff opening shut and sandwich the knotted loop in the back corner of your stocking so that you have a hanging loop. You will want to make very tiny stitches so that they are not noticeable and using matching colored thread. Cut a piece of satin ribbon to fit around the circumference of your stocking cuff and glue it around to add a decorative accent. Finish up the ornament by tying a small bow with the satin ribbon and gluing it onto the front of your stocking ornament.

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