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12 Days of Christmas 2017 – Stocking Bauble Tutorial

One of my favourite free gift projects, from a back issue of Cross-Stitcher magazine (I think, I could look it up if necessary!) were these stocking bauble tree decorations.

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I love them so much I often make them as gifts, as they are really easy to personalise, and incredibly quick to make!So how do I make them?

You will need:

  • Aida or similar fabric for sewing/embroidering onto
  • Backing fabric (I use felt)
  • Threads for decorating your bauble front/making hanging loop
  • Needle
  • Scissors
  • Something to stuff your bauble with, wadding, old cushion foam or cotton wool.
  • Optional other items for decorating such as ribbon/buttons/bells/pom poms

Step 1:

Cut out your fabric pieces to a stocking shape at the desired size. There are plenty of printables available online, or alternatively you can free-hand draw and cut them out, I tend to cut my backing ever-so slightly larger than the aida.

What you need

Step 2:

Sew your design onto the aida/front piece of fabric. You can get creative here, personalise with a name, or event, go modern or traditional with your design, or you can even add buttons or beads! They are so easy to customise.

Stocking Bauble - Embroidered Aida
More handmade decorations – click here.

Steps 3/4:

Using blanket stitch, sew the two pieces of fabric together, this is easier if you start inside-out and turn in with one open edge (usually the top is easiest) add your stuffing until you are happy with the shape, and close the top with more blanket stitch. Presto a cute stocking bauble!

Finally thread a loop through the top corner to hang your stocking bauble. Alternatively sew a piece of looped ribbon to the top corner. Embellish as you wish.

I think at this point (counting this year), I have made almost ten of these!

I love to give these as gifts as they’re so fun and easy to personalise!

Do you have handmade decorations for Christmas?

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