Each year my friend Jodi and I make felt stockings for friends and family. We find felt so easy and satisfying to work with so we never tire of making them. We're both last minute Charlies so it's great that we can whip up a few of these in one evening! Each year we change the theme of the stockings since the possibilities of shapes you can make with felt are endless. This is mostly thanks to fact that it has a finished edge simply by cutting it. The pink and cream color palette we chose for the Purl Bee Christmas just enhanced how clean and contemporary our felt stockings feel.
Snowflakes are one of our themes for Christmas week on the Purl Bee and I had a great time figuring out how to make delicate snowflakes from felt to adorn these stockings. The beauty of the snowflakes is that they look as though they took hours to make each one when they were actually really quick and easy!
Happy Holidays! --Page
Happy Holidays! --Page
To make one stocking:
- Two pieces 18-inch x 18-inch Wollfilz Wool Felt for the stocking (I used Ecru #91)
- One piece 18-inch x 18-inch Wollfilz Wool Felt for the cuff (I used Bright Pink #27)
- Straight Pins
- 100% cotton thread to match the cuff (I used color 5980)
- Pink colored pencil (if you don't use iron-on pencil method) or Iron-on Transfer pencilin red
- Craft glue suitable for use on fabric
- Small very sharp scissors
- Pinking Shears
- 4.5" x 12.5" ruler (with 60 degree angle markings) or template plastic
- Sewing machine with a straight stitch
Download and print our Tiny Felt Snowflakes template here (if you use iron-on transfer pencil method to make the snowflakes) or download and print our Felt Snowflake Template here (if you decide to use the freehand method).
Download and print the stocking template from above. Tape the body and foot templates together.
Cut two cuff pieces from the cuff felt and two stocking pieces from the stocking felt. Save the remaining ecru felt for your snowflakes.
Sew cuff and stocking
Sew one cuff piece to one stocking piece as pictured above.
Repeat with the other cuff and stocking with the stocking facing the opposite direction.
Press seams open.
Layer the two halves with the exposed seams facing out. Sew with a 1/4- inch seam allowance around the outside edge of the stocking and cuff using the pink thread.
Use your pinking shears to cut around the entire edge of the stocking and cuff. Make sure you only cut 1/8- inch in from the edge so you don't cut the seam! Fold the pink cuff over at the seam.
Trace, sew and cut snowflakes
There are two methods below to make the snowflake pattern on the felt.
Iron-on Transfer Pencil Method
Download and print the Tiny Felt Snowflakes Template above. You will see that each snowflake shape comes in three sizes and each is surrounded by a circle.
Using the iron-on transfer pencil, trace all the circles and snowflakes directly onto the print out. Cut out each circle just outside the line so that you don't cut off the iron-on pencil.
With a hot iron transfer circles and snowflakes onto ecru felt that was left over after you cut out the stocking. It will take approximately 40 seconds of pressing firmly with the iron to get the transfer dark enough. Keep the iron moving during this time so you don't burn the paper or felt.
If you would like to make more than one of each size and shape, re-trace the circles and snowflakes and repeat the above step.
Download and print this Felt Snowflake Template above if you would like to create your own snowflake shapes.
Using something circular of the appropriate size as a guide and the pink pencil, draw four 2-inch circles, four 2.5-inch circles, and four 3-inch circles onto the ecru felt. Cut out all the circles.
Snowflake style 1
Using the pink pencil and the ruler, draw a line down the middle of the circle. Now using the 60 degree angle triangle from the Snowflake Template, make two marks on each half to form 6 pie wedges that are each at 60 degree angles. Complete the pie wedges by connecting the marks with solid lines that intersect at the center of the circle. Now draw three more lines that are half as long through the center mark that divide it into 12 pie wedges all together. These are easy to freehand.
Snowflake style 2
This snowflake has the same framework as the first. Using the pink pencil and the ruler, draw a line down the middle of the circle. Now using the 60 degree angles on the ruler, make two marks on each half to form 6 pie wedges that are each at 60 degree angles. Complete the pie wedges by connecting the marks with solid lines that intersect at the center of the circle. On the outside of each line (this is the same measurement for all 3 sizes) measure a 1/2-inch in from the outside of the circle. At this point draw two arms coming off the long pie wedge line. Make sure to angle these little arms at approximately 45 degrees.
With your sewing machine threaded with the pink thread, sew over the snowflake patterns. There is no need to cut the thread each time you move from one line to another. Just lift the foot, reposition the snowflake, lower the foot and start sewing again. (Note: It really helps to use the needle down function with sewing the little arms on snowflake style 2).
Snip thread ends off as close to the felt as possible. Using the small scissors, trim all the excess felt that is around and between your sewn lines. The closer you get to the sewn line, the more delicate the snowflake will feel, but be careful not to cut your sewn line. To give it that extra special touch, snip the end of each appendage to a point. It really completes the snowflake look.
Arrange the snowflakes on both the cuff and body of the stocking and affix with the glue. You only need small dabs. If you choose not to use glue, you can sew on each snowflake with a simple stitch at the center of each snowflake.
I hope you have as much fun making this as I did!
Happy Holidays! --Page