Felt is one of my most favorite supplies to work with. I could say that about a lot of things, but other than embroidery floss, there is no supply more dear. It can be used for so many things, in a variety of sizes and levels of involvement. Plus, wool and wool blend felt is just so wonderful to have in your hands as you work!
I'm very happy to have discovered (or perhaps to have been discovered BY) Benzie, who sells some of the finest wool blend felt around. She's who I send folks to when they ask, so be sure to mark her shop as a favorite...or better yet, order a bundle of felt! (For the record, she didn't ask me to say that...that was all me!)
Wanting to make some sweet, but simple ornaments to add to our tree, I decided on a stocking...with just a teeny bit of glitz. Felt was an easy choice because working with it is...well...easy.
Here's what you need:
Felt in a color, plus white
Embroidery floss in black and white
Stocking Pattern PDF
Cut out two stocking shapes from colored felt and two cuff shapes from white felt.
Embroider a face onto one of the stocking shapes. Run bead of glue around the edges of the second sock shape, leaving the top clear. Stick the embroidered stocking on top.
Glue along the top edge of the stocking back and attach one of the cuff pieces. With the front facing up, place glue along the top edge of the front stocking piece, and a bit of glue along the edges of the cuff that are showing. Attach the front cuff piece.
If you'd like, glue a few sequins onto your stocking. I love the slight retro look that they give this!
When the glue has dried, add an embroidery floss hanger.
A few notes: You could stitch the sides and cuff with embroidery floss which will give it a very sweet look...I was needing to put these together quickly, hence the glue. And it works! Also, you don't need to leave the top of the stocking un-glued, but the benefit is that you can actually tuck things in this, like a dollar bill (fun for on a kids's gift!) or a mini candy cane!
Here are a few more ornaments that I'm making this year from felt! These twirly baubles are from a tutorial on the Purl Bee. I love them!
And for a lovely collection of patterns, check out Betz White's Holiday Stitch-along Ornament Club. I'm making some of the wreaths for our tree, but I really like each and every one of these!
Tomorrow I'll be sharing a different kind of felt project...one that I haven't done in a while...and one that I'm still only pondering...