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Felt Christmas tree stocking decoration/tutorial

I have been keen to start a little series of blog posts of ‘sewing projects for kids’ for some time. My daughter who is 4 is already itching to start sewing.  I have let her loose with a needle and thread as she is very careful, she is a tiny bit young and it does go quite pear-shaped very quickly when trying to do anything with any level of accuracy! Nonetheless I do not want to hold back this level of enthusiasm at this young age.

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This is a fun project that can easily be adapted to suit the age of your child. If you have little ones you could glue sequins and beads on or even paper or card shapes as opposed to sewing anything. Mum or Dad could do the sewing part. Slightly older children might be able to sew the buttons on and blanket stitch the edge. It’s a nice project to do together as parent and child.

You can even do this whole project without a sewing machine. If you want to do this just omit stages 4-5 and hand sew a loop of ribbon on to hang it.

Don’t worry about wonky bits kids don’t care and it adds personality! The main aim is to have fun and do something special together. At the end your Christmas tree will be truly unique.

You will need:

Felt

Buttons

Sequins or beads or other embellishing bits.

Ribbon

Stranded cotton

Pattern for  xmas stocking and star shapes download here.

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1. Cut the pattern out and pin it on the felt, you need 2 stocking shapes for each stocking you make. Cut some stars out if you want to put stars on your Christmas stocking.

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2. Arrange the embellishments to roughly decide where you want to sew things or stick things. Make sure you have the stocking shapes facing opposite ways at this point.

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3. Sew or stick your decorations in place, there is no need to sew round the edge of the stars, just stitch through the centre. Make sure if you are machining your stocking together that buttons and beads are not going to be in the way of the machine foot.

4. With the sewing machine, stitch approx 5mm in from the edge from the top edge down for approx 6cm. Sew a loop of ribbon at the top edge.

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0145. Now sew another piece of ribbon over the raw edges of the loop you have just made. Once the ribbon is sewn on, join the stitching where you left it and sew around the rest of the edge of the stocking to the top on the other side.

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6. The finishing touch is the blanket stitch around the edge. Fot this it is best to use stranded cotton. It is made up of lots of single strands and you usually divide the thread before you start to half its thickness, literally by just pulling it apart.

7. If you used a sewing machine to stitch it together use this as a guide line for stitch depth. Fasten your thread on the inside of the  seam as shown.

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8. Put the needle in from the front to the back and work from left to right. As you bring the needle out, wrap the thread around the back, forming a stitch.

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9. Repeat until you are at the top on the other side.

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End result: An hour of fun with your little ones, no painty mess to clear up, but creative satisfaction hopefully achieved.

Oh and a little bit more enthusiasm and anticipation for Christmas!:-)

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Julia Claridge

I was about 6 or 7 years old when I had my first go on a sewing machine, it was an old hand crank machine that my mum used with her patients, she was an occupational therapist. I still vividly remember watching with amazement as the tiny perfectly formed stitches were created as I turned the handle. I Grew up in the 70’s and 80’s when buying clothes was less affordable and dressmaking was an answer to updating your wardrobe more regularly. My own mother was a talented dressmaker who made most of my clothes and my sisters clothes as well as a many for herself. I soon got involved with making my clothes, I loved the whole experience of picking out fabrics, trims and a pattern to create a new outfit, then going home to make a new garment or outfit. When it came to leaving school I visited a careers advisor who asked what I wanted to do next. My answer was ..Sew! Read more...

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