A Starry Night Stocking
Are you looking to catch a little glimmer on your Christmas stocking? The metallic, hand-sewn stars twinkle and glisten against the dark blue felt stocking. Elegant and subtle, this stocking has the right amount of sparkle. To create a variety of stars, I used three different types of sparkly thread, as listed in the supplies below.
Supplies & Tools:
- Printable template (download here)
- 0.25 yard dark blue felt
- Embroidery floss: white, silver, blue
- 0.5″ wide ribbon
- Sewing machine
- Thread: blue, silver (I used Sulky Metallic Silver)
- Kreinik Metallic Blending Filament
- Print the template. I printed the pattern from Adobe Reader and selected the following options:
- File > Print.
- A print window pops up.
- Under Pages & Handling, select Poster.
- Change Tile Scale to 200%.
- Select checkbox for Cut Marks.
- Now click the print button.
- Piece the pages together, using tape as needed, and then cut out.
- If needed, iron the felt on low heat to remove any wrinkles.
- Pin the stocking pattern to dark blue felt and cut out 2 pieces.
- Take one stocking piece and embroider several stars with white, silver, and blue embroidery floss.
- Cut a piece of embroidery floss that is 15″ long and separate a single strand from the cluster. Set the remaining strands aside.
- Optional: Cut a piece of blending filament that is 15″ long and combine with the embroidery floss to make the white/blue floss sparkly.
- To make a star, pull the needle up through the felt. This will be the center of the star, and all other arms of the star will branch out from this point. I like to sew the “+” first and then add the diagonal lines. (I am showing this step in a different color felt/thread since it shows up a little better in the photo.)
- Tie off the ends on the back side of the felt and trim the thread.
- Make a variety of stars by elongating the “+” or by adding more arms.
- Set this stocking piece aside.
- Cut a 6.5″ long piece of ribbon. Then take the ribbon, fold in half and pin in the upper right corner of the other stocking piece about 3/8″ from the side edge with 1.5″ sticking out above the top edge.
- Sew the ribbon in place. I sewed straight stitches on either side of the ribbon (to hold in in place), removed the pin, and then sewed a zigzag stitch down the middle.
- Now, stack the 2 stocking pieces together and pin in place.
- Sew along the outer edge with blue thread about 0.25″ from the edge. Be sure to backstitch at the beginning and the end to secure the ends.
- Trim loose ends of thread.
- Now that your stocking is finished, hang it up for Santa to fill!