Doll Sized Stocking Tutorial

Here's hoping you had a wonderful Thanksgiving!

Now that everyone is recovering from all that turkey, and the hard-core shoppers are warming up, it's time to bust out the holiday decor. Ready to make your doll her very own Christmas stocking? This one is super fast and easy -- and a great chance to practice a couple of basic embroidery stitches, too.

You'll need felt scraps, heavy-weight thread (I used perle cotton), scissors, and of course a needle!

Start by drawing a stocking shape on plain white paper -- this one is about 4" high and 2" wide. 

Next, cut out two basic stocking shapes from one color of felt; cut out a toe, heel, and cuff from a second color.

Lay the cuff piece on top of one stocking base, and blanket stitch along both long edges to hold it in place. 

Then blanket stitch along the inside edge of the toe and heel pieces. 

*For added instruction on how to sew the blanket stitch, check out Cinnamon's post over on the IdiotsGuides.com website. It's a tutorial for an eyeglasses case (girl and doll size) with clear step by stpe photo's for the blanket stitch: http://idiotsguides.com/static/quickguides/hobbiescrafts/hand-sewing-project-eye-glasses-case.html

Want to add a monogram? Now's the time! Draw on your letter with a chalk pencil or other marking tool -- don't worry if the line is fuzzy, it just has to be clear enough for you to see it. (Felt is very difficult to mark well!) 

Thread a needle and knot one end of your thread. Bring the thread up from the back of the felt, at one end of your letter. Put your needle back through the felt, almost exactly where it came up, and poke it back up a little ways away, along your marked line. 

Wrap the thread around the needle, and pull the needle through. Voila -- you have a tiny loop!

Keep stitching this way; when you get to the end of a line, put your needle back through the felt on the other end of the loop you just sewed, securing it. Tie a knot on the back of the felt.

Keep stitching until you've finished the monogram. 

Stack the finished stocking top over the other stocking piece; blanket stitch along the edges to hold them together.

To make a hanger, fold a short piece of ribbon into a loop, and stitch it to the back of the stocking. 

Enjoy your finished stocking!

--Melinda


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