Last year I did a DIY Christmas stocking post. It included a photo of my Cat Angus’s old stocking (above) that I purchased a few years back at Zellers. For those of you not from Canada, it was a major Canadian discount retail chain which no longer exists 🙁 Which still makes me sad.
That photo got more pins than my stocking pin. So. I decided would do a ‘how to’ post for all of you!!! Because it’s all about you!
This is not exactly the same as the original stocking. But it’s close (I think I made it even better!) and I have made it super easy to do. Easy quick and cheap!!!!! You don’t even have to sew if you don’t want to. How can you go wrong? Okay here we go. First off gather your supplies.
You can buy pretty much all of these supplies at the dollar store. But I have provided links for you, in case you need them.
Buy felt squares in the following colours:
- Grey (you will need a larger piece for the grey 12″x18″ – 2 pieces
- Wiggly Eyes
- 1/2″ wide satin ribbon in grey
- Spray Adhesive
- Hot Glue Gun
- Satin Craft Hearts
The First Cut is the Deepest
Here are all of the pieces that you need to cut out
Start by cutting out the stocking shape, Just use an existing stocking that you like the shape of and trace it onto the felt. If it’s not exactly as you want it, you can change it. It’s your stocking 🙂 Cut 2 pieces in grey for front and back. It’s best to fold the fabric and cut through both thicknesses at once, so they match up perfectly.
I traced this planters nut can. for the snout. It is 4″ in diameter. You can just leave it round if you like. However, If you prefer a more oblong nose area. Mark the circle with 2 lines about 1/2″ in from the edge and then cut it so that it’s oblong, as below.
To make the strip that runs from the snout to the top band, cut a piece of felt in white, that is 1.5″x 3″ Then use a ruler to mark off a section down the center. Flare the edges at the top and bottom as per the photo and cut.
Cut a piece of white felt 3″ x 20″ for the top band. Make sure the edge cuts are nice and straight.
Cut the corner of the red felt square on an angle as per the photo below 6″ x 5″
Cut a green rectangle measuring 2.5″ x 8″ and another one 2.5″ x 5″. Take the 5″ piece and mark a line 1.5″ from one end. Then cut vertically up to the line to make the fringes for the scarf, as below.
Cut 2 triangles in grey measuring 3 x 3″. See the cutting diagram below.
Cut 2 triangles in pink measuring 2.5 x 2.5″, as below.
Go ahead and be a bit free form with the tail. You want to cut 2 of these and attach them with spray adhesive, so it is a bit stiffer. It’s best to cut them with 2 pieces of fabric together.
Just Hanging Out
Decide if you want your stocking to hang with the toe facing left or right. I prefer mine to the right, but that might be because I am right handed? This is the piece that you will glue all of the cut pieces onto, to make your kitty stocking. Note that we are only using a single piece of the stocking at this point.
Putting the Pieces Together
Now we assemble our stocking. Use spray adhesive and spray the back of the cut out pieces, as you go. You can also use Elmer’s white glue or a hot glue gun. I used spray adhesive for most of the felt on felt, and a hot glue gun for the eyes & nose, and to attach the ears, hat tail and scarf. I’ll explain as we go.
Using your top band as a guide, DON’T GLUE THIS PIECE YET. Place your nose bridge and snout pieces onto the stocking. Use the top band as a guide to glue the nose bridge. Spray adhesive onto the back of the piece before pressing onto stocking. Note that the back of the piece is the side that shows your pen/chalk marks.
Use your satin heart to place the position of the nose, and then use a black sharpie to draw the mouth onto the snout. I traced around a small bottle (from the dollar store) to get my lines even.
For the nose, I used a fabric satin heart. You can get these at the dollar store, or here. Use a large pink one for the nose. attach using a hot glue gun. Then draw 3 dots onto each side of the nose, and using a straight edge use your sharpie to draw the whiskers. Attach the eyes. also with hot glue.
Using spray adhesive, and spraying the back of the pink sections. Attach the pink sections onto the grey ear sections. Press until dry. Put aside.
Place the longer scarf piece across the stocking. Then place the secondary piece of scarf underneath it, facing up
Use your hot glue gun to attach the folded piece, where you want it.
Using spray adhesive on the larger piece and place the longer scarf piece over the other piece and then trim it from the back of the stocking as below.
Place the hat as in photo
and apply hot glue along the bottom edge.
Tuck the glued edge under the top edge of the stocking, on the back side. When this is dry it will fold over.
Glue the ears in place with hot glue. Again just apply a small line of glue along the bottom edge of the ear pieces and place and let dry.
Now you will attach your front and back pieces together. You can do this with hot glue or white glue. Just use a small line around the very edge. Place the pieces together carefully and press. I did mine using a wide zigzag stitch. I just prefer the look of the zigzag stitch. I set my stitch settings to a width of 5.0, and a length of 2.0.
Add a pom pom to the end of stocking. Just put a small dab of hot glue onto the pom pom and stick to the end of the hat.
Go ahead and free form the shape. You will want 2 pieces of felt together so it’s stiff. For this first draw out your shape on the felt, facing the opposite direction, so that the marker lines will be on the back side.
Use glue or fusible seam binding, as above to bind the 2 pieces of felt. Then cut out the tail. Just use a small amount of glue an attach to the back of the stocking.
Crazy easy wasn’t it??
- Felt $2
- Hearts $1
- Ribbon $1
- Eyes $1
Total supplies: $5!!!! Once you have all of your supplies, I think you can probably put this together in about an hour!
Fill ‘er up!
Now that you have made your stockings. Fill them up with great gifts. Here are some links to inexpensive pet presents that your kitty will love!
And if you feel like splurging This was voted the Best cat toy of 2018
These are easy enough that I think you could do them with your kids. You could substitute white glue for hot glue, if the hot glue gun is an issue. If they get a little uneven, all the better for those Christmas memories. Have fun. Please let me know if you found this helpful. And if you liked this post please share!!
Have yourself a meowy Christmas 😉
PS – I am putting together a pattern, so you don’t have to any work. I will have it linked here by Friday December 7, 2018.
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