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DIY Festive Makes: Deer Stocking

Get into the festive spirit with this delightfully kitsch Christmas decoration
   YourHome Magazine  |  written on: 15-12-2021 17:50pm

Christmas is the perfect time of year to embrace your creative side by making your own festive decorations and gifts – it will also save you money which is always a bonus. This jolly design is as colourful as it is cute!

You will need: 
- 1m Stuff The Stockings fabric by Michael Miller, £12.80 per m, Plush Addict
- Pencil
- Scissors
- Two A4 sheets red felt
- Pins 
- Sewing machine and thread 
- 25cm calico fabric 
- Freezer paper
- Iron
- Computer and colour inkjet printer
- 50cm Basketball bobble fringe, £8.50 per m, The Stripes Company
- Needle and thread 
- Fat quarter red stag fabric, part of a pack of five fat quarters, £7, Hobbycraft
- 1m Shimmer Reflection Green fabric by Michael Miller, £12.80 per m, Plush Addict
- Scrap of ribbon

1. Draw a large stocking shape with a wavy edge onto a scrap of newspaper – this is your template. Fold your main fabric in half and use the template to cut two stocking pieces. Cut pieces of red felt to cover the toe and heel of both stocking shapes, then pin and machine top stitch around the edge of each to secure.

2. Iron freezer paper to the wrong side of an A4 size piece of calico fabric. Place this in an inkjet printer (fabric side up), then find and print a kitsch deer illustration onto it – we found lots of royalty-free images online. Remove the freezer paper and cut the printed fabric down to an oval shape. Pin and machine top stitch this onto the centre of one of the stocking pieces, then hand stitch strips of red felt around it to make a border. Snip pompoms from a length of trim and hand stitch them onto the border to decorate.

3. Place the red stag fabric right sides together with the green lining fabric, aligning along at least one edge. Stitch along this edge, then open out the fabric. Use the template to cut two stocking shapes from the fabric, positioning it so the top 20cm of each stocking is on the red stag fabric and the rest on the lining. Place the two pieces right sides together and stitch all around the side edges, leaving the top open. With both stockings turned inside out, pull the lining stocking over the outer one and align the seams. Machine stitch around the top edge to join them together. Use a seam ripper to unpick a 10cm gap along the bottom seam of the lining, then turn the work out through this gap. Hand stitch the gap closed and turn the stocking right side out, pushing the lining inside the outer stocking. Finally, fold the top of the stocking down to form a red stag cuff and hand stitch a loop of ribbon to the folded top edge.

Credit: Lizzie Orme (Images), Sophie Holt (Words)
Published: As featured in YourHome Magazine, December 2017. Prices mentioned are at the time of publication

Also read:
DIY Festive Makes: Pompom Door Wreath
DIY Festive Makes: Candle Holders

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