HOW TO MAKE… A CHRISTMAS STOCKING
14 Fold the cuff fabric in half along the length. Make 1cm ( 3 /8") cuts along the fold, then open out.
15 Thread a large yarn needle with a 1cm ( 3 /8") thick length of roving and, starting at one end of the cuff, weave it through the cuts in the felt. Don’t pull the roving too tightly, as the idea is to create texture. Work back along the cuff in the opposite direction, going under the cuts you went over, and over the cuts you went under. Thread the needle with more roving if you run out. Weave back across the cuff a third time.
16 With the cuff RS up, pin it around the top of the stocking, aligning the top edges, and positioning the two short ends so they join at the back. Sew along the top edge using pink zigzag stitch.
17 Pull the cuff up and away from the stocking, WS out. Manipulate the cuff so the two short edges sit with RS together and sew. Trim away any excess roving, then turn the cuff back down onto the stocking, with RS out.
18 Cut three 30cm (117/ 8") lengths of yarn. Lay an A6 piece of card horizontally on a flat surface and lay the yarn vertically across one end. Wrap yarn horizontally around the centre of the card, about 80 times in total, securing the cut pieces.
19 Tie a double knot in the three lengths of yarn to hold the bundle together, then trim the ends. Take the bundle off the card. Cut three more 30cm (117/ 8") lengths of yarn and wrap, then tie, around the bundle, 2cm ( ") down from the knot. Cut the yarn at the bottom of the loop to make a tassel, then plait the hanging cord. Repeat with different coloured yarn to create two more tassels, then sew them onto the top of the stocking at the right-hand seam.
20 Cut a 10 x 1.5cm (4x5 /8") piece of white felt. Sew zigzag stitch along the centre of the length, then fold in half across the width. Pin the short ends inside the top of the cuff at the right-hand seam, then sew to make a hanging tab.
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