Felted Wool Christmas Stocking

I accidentally shrank a wool blanket in the wash this week. Although I’m sad not to have the blanket anymore it proved to be excellent material for a Christmas stocking!

First I drew a stocking shape on a paper grocery bag, cut it out and pinned it to a double layer of the blanket.

I then cut out the pieces.

Then I sewed around the sides and toe of the stocking and turned it right side out. The toe seemed too long to me, so I turned it back inside out, marked a new line with a sliver of soap. Once that line was sewn, I trimmed away the excess material.

I wanted the stocking to have a cuff without the raw edges of the seam showing so I cut off the top of the stocking. 

With the stocking turned inside out, I flipped the top around so the finished edge from the top of the blanket was now facing down and pinned it. After sewing it to the top of the stocking, and turning the stocking back right side out, I now had a cuff that could be folded down with finished seams facing outwards.

To embellish the stocking I decided to add a snowflake design. I used three strips cut from an old t-shirt. After pinning them in place I stitched them on with embroidery floss. Then I added a few flat shell beads from a broken necklace to finish the design.

Lastly, I opened up the cuff seam to insert a length of ribbon for a hanging loop. After resewing the seam closed the stocking was complete!

This stocking is in my Etsy shop Folk Haven Creations.

Thanks for reading!


Here’s where I’m linking up.

Christmas Craft Linky Party 2012


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The Gunny SackSew Can Do, Singing Three Little BirdsEtcetorizeDittle Dattle,

C.R.A.F.T.,  diy home sweet homeCraft-O Maniac, Sew Chatty, Artful Rising,



At Home With KNot Just a HousewifeHope StudiosFunky Polkadot Giraffe,

Kammy’s KornerThe Kurtz CornerI’m Topsy TurvyTip Junkie,

Raising 4 PrincessesThe Creative Itch Boutique


Sew Much AdoFrugally Sustainable, The Shady Porch, Tea Rose Home, Lil’ Luna,

Sweet Peas & Bumble Bees, Mom On Timeout, Someday Crafts, Passionately Artistic,

Keeping the Christmas Spirit Alive 365


Mom On Timeout, Somewhat Simple, Thrifty Decorating, Bear Rabbit Bear,

The Crafty BlogstalkerThe Shabby Creek Cottage, Fun to Craft, House of Hepworths,

Sorta Crunchy, Delightful Order, Saved by Love Creations, A Glimpse Inside,

Between U & Me


Simply Designing, Whipperberry733 BlogHappy Hour Projectskojodesigns,

Joyful Stamper, Making Lemonade Blog, Thirty Handmade Days,

Release Me Creations, Naptime Crafters, Romantic Home, Finding Fabulous,

Shabby Nest, Chic on a Shoestring Decorating, French Country Cottage,

The Charm of Home, The Grant Life, At the Picket Fence, Fingerprints on the Fridge,

Stuff and Nonsense


The Gingerbread Blog, Too Much Time On My Hands, Six Sisters Stuff, Serenity You,

Be Different Act Normal


LambAround,   I {heart} Naptime,  Flamingo ToesPetite Hermine,

My 1929 Charmer Blog



  1. December 5, 2011 at 5:13 pm

    So cute! Thanks for linking up at my party , oh and THANK YOU SOOO MCUH for linking back to me ❤

  2. Mynnette said,

    December 5, 2011 at 6:20 pm

    Oh, what a fabulous idea!!! I love the repurposing!!! 🙂 Thanks for the wonderful idea! 🙂 It’s too cute!!!

  3. Dawn said,

    December 6, 2011 at 8:18 am

    I hate when I shrink stuff in the dryer!! The stocking turned out super cute though and that fabric is perfect for it. 🙂

    • December 6, 2011 at 10:13 am

      Yea, I really kicked my self at first… But now I’ve still got enough to make a few more stockings, so I’m kinda happy with my mistake.

  4. ReStitch Me said,

    December 6, 2011 at 10:42 am

    I really like how the stocking turned out! The snowflake with the stitching is perfect!

  5. Bethany said,

    December 6, 2011 at 2:36 pm

    Cute! 🙂

  6. Susanne said,

    December 6, 2011 at 3:21 pm

    What a great way to upcycled old wool, the stocking look wonderfool!
    Wish you a good evening.

  7. Elise said,

    December 6, 2011 at 6:44 pm

    I hate it when stuff shrinks in the dryer! At least you got a cute stocking out of it!

    Thanks for visiting my blog (growcreative.blogspot.com/)! I want to answer your questions you had about gourds. Since there isn’t an email shown to reply to, I’ll have to answer you here. I actually acquired the gourds I painted from my in-laws. They grew them in California a long time ago. I’m not sure how long they have to dry out, but it would be worth the wait. They are really unique and fun!

  8. December 6, 2011 at 8:14 pm

    I like your positive spin on what could have been a very annoying mistake. Your stocking looks wonderful!

    I am hosting a Christmas stocking link up as part of my 12 Days of Christmas series at my Christmas blog. I would be honoured if you could stop by and link up this wonderful idea/post!

    Best Christmas wishes,

    • December 6, 2011 at 8:26 pm

      Thank you so much for the invite. I’m all linked up and really enjoyed visiting your blog!

  9. December 7, 2011 at 5:40 am

    way to repurpose that blanket! Always a plus when you can find something to do with what you thought you “ruined”! 🙂

  10. Pam said,

    December 7, 2011 at 6:09 am

    Shame about the blanket, but you used it to your advantage. Great tutorial and a cute little stocking. Thanks for stopping by.

  11. December 8, 2011 at 5:38 am

    This is so unique and beyond cute!! I love it!! LOVE the blue’s.. : )) Would love for you to please share it via my Pin’Inspirational Thursday linky party please…LOVE it :)) http://theartsygirlconnection.blogspot.com/2011/12/pininspirational-thursday-11-linky.html?m=1 thanks so much :)) Wishing you a happy Thursday..~Marilyn

  12. Melanie said,

    December 8, 2011 at 8:55 am

    Thanks for linking to Things I’ve Done Thursday! Featured this on Facebook! https://www.facebook.com/bearrabbitbear

    Sew Rugged @ bear rabbit bear

  13. December 8, 2011 at 2:36 pm

    Such a smart idea and it looks great!

  14. December 8, 2011 at 8:33 pm

    So cute!! 🙂

  15. December 10, 2011 at 6:58 am

    such a pretty craft
    to make out of a whoops moment

    love the stocking and
    so glad you shared it at Fridays Unfolded!


  16. December 10, 2011 at 7:19 pm

    Simply adorable, Karen! There’s just something about felted wool…. ♥ Thanks for the great tut! 🙂

    xoxo laurie

  17. December 10, 2011 at 9:52 pm

    What a happy accident! It turned out really cute. Oh, and I’m glad I’m not the only one who has a sliver of soap in their sewing stuff. Just this week my husband threw away my perfect soap because he couldn’t figure out why there was soap sitting on my counter. 🙂

  18. Kelley said,

    December 12, 2011 at 9:02 am

    You make the absolute cutest things Karen!! I just cant believe it.. you are awesome!

  19. Sherry said,

    December 12, 2011 at 6:31 pm

    Very pretty! Thank you for joining me at Home Sweet Home!

  20. December 13, 2011 at 11:22 am

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  21. December 14, 2011 at 7:38 am

    Sorry about you blanket, we’ve all done things like this, but you did turn a negative in to a positive, and I really like that . Your stocking is adorable. Love how you embellished it with the star. Is there enough blanket left to make a pillow cover? Would be great for winter. Thanks so much for sharing your inspiration over at Sunday’s Best! Keep coming back your part of the family now!

    • December 14, 2011 at 7:40 am

      There is enough left for a pillow cover… what a great idea! I had been planning on using the rest to make other matching stockings… but now I’ll have to weigh my choices 🙂 Thank you for the sweet message!

  22. December 14, 2011 at 1:53 pm

    Turned out so lovely! What a perfect stocking! Thank you so much for sharing at last week’s Taking A Timeout Thursday party. Hope to see you again this week 🙂

  23. Natasha said,

    December 15, 2011 at 6:04 am

    how cute!!!

    Thanks for linking up to Serenity Saturday, hop to see you again this Saturday

    Natasha xx

  24. Carrie said,

    December 15, 2011 at 7:36 pm

    Way to turn your mistake into success! Love it, thanks for linking to Refresh Your Nest Friday!

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