Summer themed novelty Christmas stocking DIYs three years in a row? Looks like My Poppet officially has a Christmas craft tradition!
Yes it’s that time of year again where festive decorations everywhere are winter themed with snow and fir branches. It all looks magical, except that in Australia, Christmas is in the middle of Summer! Poor old Santa has to sweat it out in a heavy fur trimmed suit, I’m sure he would much prefer an ice cream to a plate of milk and cookies. (Although sometimes us Aussies leave Santa a cold beer).
Why don’t you make each family member a personalised ice cream Christmas stocking in their favourite flavour. I’ve gone for mint choc chip, vanilla choc top with crushed nuts and a cherry, and Emma’s favourite strawberry with rainbow sprinkles.
You will need:
- Pattern templates – download them here
Basic Christmas stocking pattern – Print 2 at 100%
Ice cream stocking top template – Print 1 at 100%
- Craft felt both wool or synthetic are suitable, invest in the best quality you can afford. Taupe for cone section, colour of choice for ice cream section
- Red craft pom pom
- Felt scraps cut into rectangles (for sprinkles), and other decorations of choice.
- Sticky tape
- Sewing machine and taupe thread (I’ve used gold thread) – you can also hand sew if you don’t have a sewing machine
- Quick dry craft glue – the clear smelly stuff works best. Avoid white craft glue as it can seep through the felt.
- Cotton bud
- General sewing supplies
- Quilting ruler
- Tailors chalk
- Sewing machine quilting guide (optional)
To Assemble Basic Stocking Pattern, please refer to this post – Cactus Christmas Stockings
How to make an Ice Cream Christmas Stocking
Pin patterns to felt and cut one ice cream top in colour/flavour of your choice.
On a double layer of taupe felt pin the stocking pattern and cut to make 2 stocking shapes. No seam allowance is needed.
From taupe felt cut hanging loop, a narrow rectangle about 5″x3/4″ (12.5cmx2cm).
To make waffle pattern on the front stocking piece, mark out a grid pattern with a ruler and tailors chalk. I’ve made the squares 3 x 3cm – but if you have an imperial ruler, 1″ will do.
With a narrow zig zag stitch, follow the chalk lines and sew on the grid pattern. If you don’t have time to machine sew, try adding lines with a fabric marker or paint instead.
I’ve used a quilting guide to help me keep the sewing straight where the markings were a bit faint. Gold thread added some extra sparkle!
All done. The stitching was a little time consuming, but I think the effect it gives is worth the effort.
Lay back and front of stocking pieces together and pin loop in between on an angle.
Sew around stocking edge, leaving the top open. A 1/4″ (0.5cm) seam allowance is fine. Your loop should be nice and secure.
TIP: If you don’t have a sewing machine you can always just hand stitch around the edge.
Once you’ve assembled the basic stocking, it’s time for the fun part – choosing your ice cream flavour. I’ve gone for Vanilla, Strawberry and Mint, but you could make any flavour you fancy.
Get creative with your toppings, add choc chips, sprinkles, chocolate sauce, crushed nuts and a cherry. I’ve added the choc sauce markings to the template if you are a fan of the choc top.
Lay out your toppings until you are happy with the design then glue onto the ice cream scoop piece.
TIP: Glueing on small pieces of felt like sprinkles and choc chips can get messy. I found it easiest to pour some glue onto a plate and then use a cotton bud to dab just a small amount to the felt piece.
Once your ice cream toppings are glued on, glue the top section onto the cone/stocking section. The top of the ice cream section should line up with the top of the stocking section.
All done! Don’t they just look smashing. Emma has already claimed the pink one with rainbow sprinkles. It makes a cute home for her favourite Shopkins doll.
Keep an eye out for next week’s Christmas decoration project – Ice Cream Cone Christmas Baubles.
What’s your favourite ice cream flavour?
I really hope you enjoy making these as much as I did! I went to a lot of effort to design a free printable pattern for you so I’d love you to share it all over the interwebs, but please link to this page and not directly to the pattern download pages. This pattern is for personal non-commercial use only, if you want to make a few to sell at your local school fundraising Christmas market that’s totally cool, but no online selling please. Feel free to contact me with any questions.
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