Vintage-Inspired Christmas Stocking – WIP

This is my take on the classic red and white stenciled Christmas stockings from the 1940s and 1950s.  I remember seeing these in the the dime stores when I was little, and I always liked the stenciled pictures.

I’m not sure how they applied the white paint, but stenciling just wasn’t an option for me.  It’s not a craft I’ve done before, and I knew it would end up looking all fuzzy on the felt.  The technique I ended up using is the same one I used to make my sister’s Halloween table topper — fusible web applied to a tightly woven white fabric, cut with tiny scissors, and then pressed onto the background fabric.  I haven’t decided yet how to finish it off (maybe a scalloped edge), but the wool felt is pretty thick, so I don’t think I’ll need to line it.

This is an item I’m considering selling in my future Etsy shop — something I’ve been thinking about forever, but haven’t been able to get my act together to actually set up.

Barbara (Oodles) will probably recognize this stocking since I totally stole the design from one of her cute vintage stenciled stockings.  Now I think I’m ready to make one with a Santa and reindeer.

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