DIY Teen Girl Stocking
Teen girls are notoriously difficult to buy for. Trying to keep up with the latest craze can seem like a daunting task. This is why I like to stick with a bunch of smaller gifts that I’m sure will be a hit. The easiest way to package it all up nicely is to pop it all into a stocking. I decided to whip up a cute felt stocking for my teenage cousin. She will be turning 13 just a few weeks before Christmas.
What You’ll Need
- Red felt – I used 2 sheets of 12×18″ red premium felt from Michaels. You can also visit your local craft store and purchase half a yard from the bolt
- 1 sheet of accent felt – I used a green with white dots but white glitter or a simple green would also look wonderful
- Variety of felt scraps for the decorations
- Speed-Sew or other fabric adhesive
- White thread
- Sewing machine
- Sewing notions (scissors, pins, etc.)
Let’s Get Crafty
First up, you’ll need a template. Simply use a stocking you probably already have in your house. Trace it onto a piece of paper or use a disappearing ink fabric pen to trace straight onto the felt. Don’t forget to cut two pieces of felt at once for the front & back of your stocking!
Your felt is probably not wide enough for the whole stocking which is what I encountered. There was enough excess felt around the stocking to then cut out a piece for the toe. Don’t fret! You’ll be covering up this seam with your accent felt.
For the toe, heel and top strip, I simply free-handed my shapes. If you will be covering a seam at the toe as I have, simply take your red toe piece and place it on the back of your accent felt. Use this as a guide to extend the toe piece by about 1″.
Before you get sewing everything together, you’ll need to craft your decorations. I did all of these free-hand with the exception of the bows. I used the free smaller bow template from Kiki & Company on some white glitter felt. The ‘L’ is my cousin’s monogram. Go crazy with your decorations! Use things you know the teen girl loves. Maybe it’s horses. Perhaps she is attached to her cell phone. Decorate at will using either templates available around the internet or simply free-hand them.
Once you’ve assembled your decorations, use Speed-Sew or another fabric adhesive to attach them all. You can also opt to hand-sew them all but I wanted a seam-free appearance for those pieces. If you opt for Speed-Sew, use in a well-ventilated area as it’s quite pungent. I just opened the window in my craft room.
Now it’s time to sew it all together. First you will need to attach the red toe pieces to the main stocking – do each layer separately with a basic zigzag stitch. Next, I did a few of the edges on the decorative green & white pieces. You need to sew only the edges shown above on only the top layer of the stocking (I did not make my stocking double-sided). I used a tight zigzag stitch right on the edges of the green felt. For the very top seam, I did it at about 1/8″ – as close to the top as I could manage.
You will also need to make a small loop for hanging the stocking. I used a scrap of felt 6″ long x 1″ wide. Fold in half and attach in the top corner.
Once you have attached those seams and the loop, pin your stocking together and sew all the way around from one top corner to the other. Ensure you don’t sew the stocking shut! Once again, I used a tight zigzag stitch.
And there you have it! A wonderfully crafted felt teen girl stocking. This stocking is very adaptable. Simply change the decorations on the front to suit anyone from a teen boy to a toddler to an adult.
This creative stocking was created by us and sponsored by Fujifilm/Instax. The opinions contained within this post are completely my own based on my experience.
Andrea can always be found with a new craft in front of her, a form of technology on her right and a coffee on her left. This is how she survives suburbia with her two crazy toddlers in tow.