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Ballet Slipper Stocking Craft

Ballet Slipper Stocking Craft

Total Time Needed: 2-3 Hours

"Nutcracker" nuts, for one, will dance with joy over this dainty stocking

Materials

  • Scissors
  • 2 pieces of white felt, each 24 by 12 inches
  • 3 pieces of pink felt, each 24 by 16 inches
  • Long sewing pins
  • Large-eye sewing needle
  • Pink embroidery floss
  • White embroidery floss
  • 2 ½ yards of 7/8 -inch pink ribbon
  • Clear tape
  • 9 inches of white twist cord

Instructions

The basic stocking:

1. Click here to download the ballet slipper stocking pattern.

2. Cut 1 stocking shape from each piece of the white felt.

3. Cut 2 shoe shapes from 1 piece of the pink felt and 1 stocking shape from each of the remaining 2 pieces of pink felt.

4. Lay out the pink stockings, toes pointing in opposite directions, with a white stocking on top of each one.

5. Pin a pink shoe on top of each white stocking.

Ballet Slipper Stocking - Step 6

6. Using the pink floss, whipstitch (see page 131) along the inner edge of each shoe, sewing through the pink and the white felt. Leave the outside edges unsewn.

7. Pin together the stockings so the shoes are on the outside, then whipstitch together the layers using the white floss along the white edges of the stocking and the pink floss for the shoes. Leave the top unsewn.

Ballet Slipper Stocking - Step 8

8. At the top, sew together the front 2 edges, then the back 2, with the white floss.

9. The Trimmings: Cut the ribbon in half, tie it in a bow, and then sew the knot to the stocking.

10. Crisscross the loose ribbon down and around the leg of the stocking and tack the ends flush to the top of the heel.

11. Tape the ends of the cord to keep them from fraying, then sew the cord to the stocking for hanging.

Tips:

A Stitch for All Stockings

Thread your needle with a length of floss and knot one end. Begin sewing by pushing the needle up through the underside of the fabric and then out the top. Loop the needle back under the fabric and repeat the stitch.