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Make your own creative Xmas stockings from felt and scraps

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Here is a step by step tutorial to sewing your own customized Xmas stocking from found scraps and decorations.
 
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Step 1: Assembling your Supplies

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You will need:

A piece of sturdy cloth as long as your stocking pattern doubled over

thread

needles

embroidery thread or button thread in complimentary colors

Scissors

Marking Pen

Grocery Sack or Pattern Paper

A Christmas Stocking or a general idea of what shape one should be

An iron can be useful for pressing appliques or seams, but not mandatory

Found items like:

pieces of felt cut in shapes
buttons
beads
bells
gems
pieces of fur
lace
ribbons
yarn
laces
eyelets

Step 2: Making your pattern

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1. Take your sample stocking and pattern paper/paper bag and spread it out.

2. Trace your stocking OR draw your stocking shape out on the paper.

3.  Cut out your pattern.

4. Pin your pattern to your doubled piece of cloth.  

Make sure the side you want facing out on the finished stocking is faced to the inside (both surfaces touching each other when you start cutting.

Step 3: Putting your decorations plans together

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1. Lay out your cut stocking pieces to the right side facing out.

2. Start piecing the decorations you would like to be on the outside facing parts of the stockings.

3. Pin them in place.

Cuff decorations are best left for sewing on after the stocking has been sewn entirely together.

Step 4: Get those Creative Juices Flowing: Sewing the decorations on

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1. Sew the decorations on.

Here I use a running stitch with button thread to sew on an applique of leaves.

This is the time to let all your creative juices flow.  You can add all sorts of decorations to the stocking including embroidery, beads, and applique.  

This is also a good time to add on a name or initials.  

It is best to leave trims that will go all the way around the stocking for once the stocking is sewn together.