This is a craft I used to teach my daughter’s Brownie troop to sew. It is basic, but can be expanded for a more difficult project. The supplies are inexpensive. If you are a crafter, like I am, you probably have all of the supplies. Depending on the age group and the number of children involved, it should take 30 -45 minutes. Again, it depends on how much detail work the kids want to add. I recommend this craft for kids ages 6 and up.
1 square of felt, this can make 2 ornaments, $.29 a piece
Embroidery floss, in coordinating colors, $.69
Needles, about $2.00
Cookie cutter or pattern for design (stocking)
Additional felt in contrasting colors
Sequins, about $2.00 a bag
Beads, about $3.00 a bag
Small eyed needle for beads
1. Take a large cookie cutter, 3 inches is a good size, and trace around the edges on a sheet of paper. I used a stocking. This will create a paper template to cut out the ornaments. Cut out 2 pieces for each ornament. There is a front and a back.
2. Have all of your supplies ready. Thread a needle with 2 strands of floss. (Floss will separate into 6 strands.) Knot the end. Basic stitches to use are Lazy Daisy, straight, and whip stitches. Older kids can learn the Lazy Daisy stitch. Younger kids will need to stick with basic stitches.
3. The stocking needs a white cuff at the top. Cut out a piece of white felt. Use a basic straight stitch to sew the white felt to the stocking.
4. Stockings also have a different colored toe piece. Cut out a different color, or use white, for the curved toe piece. Use a straight stitch to sew this on to the stocking.
5. Lazy Daisy stitches make nice designs for the body of the stocking. Sew 4 or 5 of these stitches in a circle to form a flower.
6. Use a smaller needle with sewing thread to attach sequins and beads to the stocking.
7. To attach sequins bring the needle from the back to the front. Slide a sequin onto the needle. Slide a bead onto the needle. Then take the needle through the hole of the sequin. Pull tight.
8. When the front is finished. Layer the front of the stocking on top of the back. Whip stitch the sides.
9. Use a length of floss, with 6 strands, and thread a needle. Pull the needle through the ornament. Create a loop, this will be the hanger, and tie a knot.
Your ornament is now complete and ready to hang on the tree.