Pets Christmas Stocking
Project by Gill Rich
What better way to spoil your pet at Christmas with this lovely Christmas stocking full of their favourite treats! You can make it as big or as small as you wish and finish it with a furry cuff and applique detail.
To make this project, you will need the following:- ● One pack of fat quarters I chose from Craft Cotton Co
● Coordinating lining fabric ● Light fusible batting ● Co-ordinating thread ● Rotary Cutter and mat ● Pins ● Small piece of bondaweb for applique ● Fur for trim ● Small piece of ribbon for hanging
1. First you need to make your template. Draw your boot shape on the tracing paper, then draw lines within the boot, these will be your rough guide on how big and where to stitch your strips together.
2. Take two pieces of your fabric and stitch together, I used a 1⁄4” seam allowance. Following your template, stitch pieces of fabric together making sure that it is big enough to cover the boot shape. The heel piece is a bit awkward and needs a bit of fiddling around to get the overall shape.
3. I finished with a piece that was slightly wider than most of the other strips for the top.
4. Pin the paper template to your fabric strips aligning the lines with your seams as near as you can. Trim around your boot shape.
Now repeat for the other side making sure that it is reversed when you cut it out! Next, place your fabric boot on your batting, pin and cut around your shape. You will also need to repeat this for the two lining pieces.
Following the manufacturer’s instructions, press the fleece to the patchwork boot. With right sides together, stitch the two lining pieces. I usually use a larger seam allowance down the sides and around the foot as this saves “excess” fabric within the stocking. Trim the seams and snip the curves.
With your patchwork stocking right sides out and the lining pieces wrong side out, place the lining in the main stocking and pin the top edges together.
5. Cut a piece of fur approximately 2” deep by the circumference of your stocking plus a seam allowance. If your fur is like mine with long fur, cut your piece from the back by snipping through the backing fabric, this will keep your fur long rather than just being chopped off!
Place your fur piece inside the stocking with the right side facing the lining, stitch all the way around and then stitch down the edges to form your seam. Turn the fur to the right side levelling on your top seam and then glue the fur in place using dots of glue to stick it down. Leave to dry.
To finish off, find yourself a nice shaped cat silhouette image on the internet and print o to the desired size, take your bondaweb and trace around the outline and roughly cut out. Place your tracing on your small piece of fabric and press down to adhere. Cut out on your traced line and peel off the backing. Place your applique on your stocking in the desired place and press down to stick.
6. Finally, attach your piece of ribbon to the back of the inside of the stocking and hey, you have finished your pet Christmas Stocking. Purrrfect for your feline friend!
Made by Gill Rich for The Craft Cotton Company 2021