Update- I have added 2 new Christmas Kitty Pet Stockings to this post! Additional directions for the black and ginger cats start below.
Previously, I did a DIY Christmas pet stocking post. It included a photo of my Cat Angus’s old stocking that I purchased a few years back at Zellers. For those of you not from Canada, it was a major Canadian discount retail chain which no longer exists 🙁 Which still makes me sad.That photo got more pins than my stocking pin. So. I decided would do a ‘how to’ post for all of you!!! Because it’s all about you!
This is not exactly the same as the original pet stocking. But it’s close (I think I made it even better!) and I have made it super easy to do. Easy quick and cheap!!!!! You don’t even have to sew if you don’t want to. How can you go wrong? Okay here we go. First off gather your supplies.
You can buy pretty much all of the supplies for your pet stockings at the dollar store. But I have provided links for you, in case you need them.
Buy felt squares in the following colours:
- Main – you will need a larger piece for the main colour 12″x18″ – 2 pieces
- Wiggly Eyes
- 1/2″ wide satin ribbon in main colour
- Spray Adhesive
- Hot Glue Gun
- Satin Craft Hearts or Heart Buttons
- White pom pom
When I originally posted this, I didn’t have the pattern completed, so I have provided you with all of the measurements and instructions for the pieces you will need to cut out. Or if you prefer you can get the pattern for free by visiting my Member’s Lounge by clicking on the icon below.Here are all of the pieces that you need to cut out for your pet stockings
Start by cutting out the stocking shape, Use the pattern or just use an existing stocking that you like the shape of and trace it onto the felt. If it’s not exactly the way you want it, you can change it. It’s your stocking 🙂 Cut 2 pieces in main colour for front and back. It’s best to fold the fabric and cut through both thicknesses at once, so they match up perfectly.
I traced this planters nut can. for the snout. It is 4″ in diameter. You can just leave it round if you like. However, If you prefer a more oblong nose area. Mark the circle with 2 lines about 1/2″ in from the edge and then cut it so that it’s oblong, as below.
To make the strip that runs from the snout to the top band, cut a piece of felt in white, that is 1.5″x 3″ Then use a ruler to mark off a section down the center. Flare the edges at the top and bottom as per the photo and cut.
Cut a piece of white felt 3″ x 20″ for the top band. Make sure the edge cuts are nice and straight.
Cut the corner of the red felt square on an angle as per the photo below 6″ x 5″
Cut a green rectangle measuring 2.5″ x 8″ and another one 2.5″ x 5″. Take the 5″ piece and mark a line 1.5″ from one end. Then cut vertically up to the line to make the fringes for the scarf, as below.
Cut 2 triangles in grey measuring 3 x 3″. See the cutting diagram below, or use the pattern.
Cut 2 triangles in pink measuring 2.5 x 2.5″, as below.
Go ahead and be a bit free form with the tail. You want to cut 2 of these and attach them with spray adhesive, so it is a bit stiffer. It’s best to cut them with 2 pieces of fabric together.
Just Hanging Out
Decide if you want your pet stocking to hang with the toe facing left or right. I prefer mine to the right, but that might be because I am right handed? This is the piece that you will glue all of the cut pieces onto, to make your kitty stocking. Note that we are only using a single piece of the stocking at this point.
Putting the Pieces Together
Now we assemble our stocking. Use spray adhesive and spray the back of the cut out pieces, as you go. You can also use Elmer’s white glue or a hot glue gun. I used spray adhesive for most of the felt on felt, and a hot glue gun for the eyes & nose, and to attach the ears, hat tail and scarf. I’ll explain as we go.
Using your top band as a guide, DON’T GLUE THIS PIECE YET. Place your nose bridge and snout pieces onto the stocking. Use the top band as a guide to glue the nose bridge. Spray adhesive onto the back of the piece before pressing onto the stocking. Note that the back of the piece is the side that shows your pen/chalk marks.
Use your satin heart to place the position of the nose, and then use a black sharpie to draw the mouth onto the snout. I traced around a small bottle (from the dollar store) to get my lines even.
For the nose, I used a fabric satin heart. You can get these at the dollar store, or here. Use a large pink one for the nose. attach using a hot glue gun. Then draw 3 dots onto each side of the nose, and using a straight edge use your sharpie to draw the whiskers. Attach the eyes. also with hot glue.
Using spray adhesive, and spraying the back of the pink sections. Attach the pink sections onto the grey ear sections. Press until dry. Put aside.
Place the longer scarf piece across the stocking. Then place the secondary piece of scarf underneath it, facing up
Use your hot glue gun to attach the folded piece, where you want it.
Using spray adhesive on the larger piece and place the longer scarf piece over the other piece and then trim it from the back of the stocking as below.
Place the hat as in photo
and apply hot glue along the bottom edge.
Tuck the glued edge under the top edge of the stocking, on the back side. When this is dry it will fold over.
Now you will attach your front and back pieces together. You can do this with hot glue or white glue. Just use a small line around the very edge. Place the pieces together carefully and press. I did mine using a wide zigzag stitch. I just prefer the look of the zigzag stitch. I set my stitch settings to a width of 5.0, and a length of 2.0.
Add a pom pom to the end of stocking. Just put a small dab of hot glue onto the pom pom and stick to the end of the hat.
Go ahead and free form the shape. You will want 2 pieces of felt together so it’s stiff. For this first draw out your shape on the felt, facing the opposite direction, so that the marker lines will be on the back side.
Use glue or fusible seam binding, as above to bind the 2 pieces of felt. Then cut out the tail. Just use a small amount of glue an attach to the back of the stocking.
First I added a black cat. The black cat was easy enough to do by just replacing the grey felt in the pattern with black felt. Instead of using a black sharpie to draw the whiskers, use a silver sharpie, which will show up on both the black and white felt.
But for the ginger cat I didn’t want to just use orange felt. I though it would look too “orange” So, instead I found some chenille fabric that had a similar colour palette to an orange kitty. It’s actually kind of a floral pattern, but once the pieces are cut out, you can’t really see the pattern at all. I think it works very well as ginger cat fur 🙂
If you use a fabric that isn’t stiff, like the felt. You will need to make a few changes, so that the fabric stands up and the stocking maintains it’s shape. If your furry fabric has a very stiff backing, just go ahead and proceed as you would with the felt, substituting the fun fur for the main colour.
If however the fabric that you choose does not have a stiff backing, then you will need to use Fusible Bonding to adhere the silky fabric to the felt. But for any fabric types that are at all flimsy, you will need the felt backing to ensure that the stocking keeps it’s shape. If you are using a fabric like this, here are the changes you will need to make from the original fabric
Cut out all of the pattern pieces as normal, using the fur fabric as the main and with the following doubles:
- 2 x Stocking
- 2 x ears
- 1 x tail
For the stocking, cut additional pieces of fusible webbing in the same shape as the stocking, and place this between the fabric and felt, and iron until fused together. A note, that if you don’t have any type of iron protector;you will need to cover your fabric with a dish towel, so as not to get the bonding material stuck onto your iron.
For the ears and tail, it works much better if you cut out a rectangular piece of the fabric, felt and bonding web and adhere them together before marking the patterns and cutting them out. The piece of used here was 4″ x 10″. If you want to do 2 pieces for your tail, then add another 6″.
When using chenille or fur fabrics use hot glue instead of spray adhesive.
So here are the two new kitty pet stockings on the block. I decided to leave the tail off the black cat, just to provide options
Congratulations! You made a Kitty pet stocking! Crazy easy wasn’t it??
- Felt $2
- Hearts $1
- Ribbon $1
- Eyes $1
Total supplies: $5!!!! Once you have all of your supplies, I think you can probably put this together in about an hour!
Fill ‘er up!
Now that you have made your stockings. Fill them up with great gifts. Here are some links to inexpensive pet presents that your kitty will love!
And if you feel like splurging This was voted the Best cat toy of 2018
These are easy enough that I think you could do them with your kids. You could substitute white glue for hot glue, if the hot glue gun is an issue. If they get a little uneven, all the better for those Christmas memories. Have fun. Please let me know if you found this helpful. And if you liked this post please share!!
Have yourself a meowy Christmas 😉
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