Craft Cottage - Starry Night Stocking

Skill Level:

Intermediate

Crafting Time:

3+ hours

Technique(s):

Embroidery
Sewing Machine

Material(s):

Felt

Category:

Stockings

Tag(s):

Sparkly

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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 of this stocking. Elegant and subtle, this stocking has the right amount of sparkle. To create a variety of stars, we 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
  • Scissors
  • 0.5" wide ribbon
  • Sewing machine
  • Thread: blue, silver (We used Sulky Metallic Silver)
  • Kreinik Metallic Blending Filament
  • Pins

Directions:

  1. Print the template. We printed the pattern from Adobe Reader and selected the following options:
    1. File > Print.
    2. A print window pops up.
    3. Under Pages & Handling, select Poster.
    4. Change Tile Scale to 200%.
    5. Select checkbox for Cut Marks.
    6. Now click the print button.
  2. Piece the pages together, using tape as needed, and then cut out.
  3. If needed, iron the felt on low heat to remove any wrinkles.
  4. Pin the stocking pattern to dark blue felt and cut out 2 pieces.
  5. Take one stocking piece and embroider several stars with white, silver, and blue embroidery floss.
    1. Cut a piece of embroidery floss that is 15" long and separate a single strand from the cluster. Set the remaining strands aside.
    2. Optional: Cut a piece of blending filament that is 15" long and combine with the embroidery floss to make the white/blue floss sparkly.
    3. 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. We like to sew the “+” first and then add the diagonal lines. (We are showing this step in a different color felt/thread since it shows up a little better in the photo.)
    4. Tie off the ends on the back side of the felt and trim the thread.
    5. Make a variety of stars by elongating the “+” or by adding more arms.
    6. Set this stocking piece aside.
  6. 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.
  7. Sew the ribbon in place. We 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.
  8. Now, stack the 2 stocking pieces together and pin in place.
  9. 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.
  10. Trim loose ends of thread.
  11. Now that your stocking is finished, hang it up for Santa to fill!