How to make a dog Christmas stocking

With Christmas just around the corner, it’s time to start stocking up on sweets, undergoing covert operations to discover the perfect presents for your loved ones, lugging the decorations out of the attic and hanging up the Christmas stockings. Why not get your dog involved by making them their own personalised doggy Christmas stocking?

Here’s our easy guide to creating the perfect stocking for the perfect pooch

Things you’ll need:  

  • Felt – Dog coloured (or any colour you fancy) and paw pad coloured
  • Needle and thread
  • Fabric for the cuff – tartan or Christmassy print work especially well
  • Fabric scissors
  • A pencil and paper for the pattern
  • Fabric glue
  • Christmas spirit

 

1. First, draw the shape of your paw print stocking onto paper to create a stencil.

 

2. Using your stencil, cut out two shapes from the felt you have chosen to use, to create two identical pieces. Cut out the paw pads and one strip of your fabric wide enough to cover the front and back cuff of your stocking comfortably.

 

3.  Carefully sew the two pieces of felt together leaving a gap of around 1cm around the edge (don’t sew up the top!).

 

4. Cut six little triangle shapes out on the curves of the paw (this will help the stocking keep its shape later).

 

5. Now turn the stocking inside-out and sew the paw pads onto the paw. Sew your chosen pieces of fabric on either side of the cuff, being careful not to sew it shut. You can also use fabric glue instead of sewing for the paw pads and cuff fabric.

 

6. Personalise your dog’s stocking any way you like. You can cut out the letters of their name in felt and sew or glue them on the cuff, cut out shapes of their favourite toys to attach on to their stocking, cover it in bones or even print out a picture of them to glue onto it - the more creative, the better! 

Now fill it with their favourite toys and treats, ready for Christmas morning!

 

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