Thursday, 18 December 2014

Christmas Stocking for your favourite dog

Picturing the fire place with the hanging personalized stockings over always gives me a warm Christmas feeling. We do not have a fire place, nor a dog, but what better way to say thank you to a someone special, but to make a small stocking for his pet. Everyone with a pet adores his friend. To make present for the pet is a wonderful way to touch someone's heart. 

This stocking was my little daughter's idea. She is in love with dogs and desperately begs me to have a puppy. She decided to sew a small stoking for her teacher's dog. So this is her project and most of the work was done by her. 

you will need:

paper template for the stocking
paper template for the paw
a sheet of red felt fabric for the stocking
a piece of black felt fabric for the paw
cotton fabric for the lining
personalized label
decorative ribbon for the bow

1. Draw the stocking on a sheet of paper - the size you would prefer. Cut it out.
2. Draw a paw on a sheet of paper. Cut all the elements - toes are tricky small but for the small children's fingers are perfect :)
3. Stitch the name of the dog on a small piece of Aida fabric (14 ct).
4. Tie the ribbon, forming the front bow. 
5. Fold the red felt sheet in two. With a washable pencil, trace the stocking template onto the felt. Trace the paw template on the black felt. Cut out the elements of the paw.
6. With a washable pencil, trace the stocking template onto the wrong side of a cotton fabric. Do not cut the stockings.
7. Sew the paw onto the drawn stocking, using backstitch (again, the toes, especially for this size stocking, are tricky, but... it is worth every effort, when the kid's eyes sparkle in happiness...)

8. Attach the name.
9. Fold the red felt, right side down.
10. Fold the cotton lining right side down. 
11. Position the two parts opposite to each other, following the picture's diagram.

12. Optional: You could use a different decorative fabric for the top of the stocking. If that is the case, draw the stocking on the lining few centimetres longer (as much as you want it to be visible on the finished product). 
13. Sew all three fabrics together on the wrong side. Starting from the felt, sew around the drawn line all along, finishing at the end of the cotton lining drawn stocking. Make sure you leave about 6-8 cm unsewn space at the lining.
14. Turn the stocking right side up through the unsewn seam. Press with an iron to straighten the edges. 
15. Attach the bow.

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