In our house, our dog, Bleu is the center of attention. Our dogs have always been a an important part of the family. Recently, we adopted a Labrador from a shelter, and we named him Bleu. This will be his first Christmas with us, and he needs his own Christmas stocking, so I’m going to make him a paw print stocking.
If you’re anything like us, then you want to include your dog in all the celebrations and holidays with your family. Making a Christmas stocking for them is a great place to stash some surprises for the holiday, and make them feel loved and included. At least I think so.
If you feel the same way, then this little doggy paw print tutorial is just the thing to get you in the holiday spirit, so let’s get started on it.
Sewing/Embroidery Machine (mine is a Brother SE 400) If you don’t have a machine, this stocking can be hand sewn, and I have hand sewn the paw prints, just because I like the look better than machine stitch.
Note: I also used Embrilliance Alpha Tricks Embroidery Software for my lettering. Alpha Tricks allows you to map any embroidery alphabet to your computer keyboard. For those of you that are interested, you can watch our Alpha Tricks video to find out more about this software, or click on the links in this post.
Steps to Making Your Paw Print Stocking
- Decide on the size you want, then adjust and print your paw print template accordingly. For reference, my paw print is about 6″ x 6.” Print out 2 paper paws.
- Cut out your printed paw print from the paper like a pattern, and lay it on your red felt, with toes towards you, and extra fabric length extended above the paw print. Decide how long you want your paw print stocking, and cut fabric width to match up with width of paw. My paw print is 6″ wide so my main sock piece is also 6″ wide. Total length of my stocking from toes to top of stocking is about 15.” This is one entire piece – cut 2 of these for front and back of stocking.
- Take one of your paper paw prints, and cut out the little paw pads (individually). These are your pattern pieces for the black felt. Cut your black felt paw pads, and place them on front piece of stocking (use one of your paper print to guide placement of toes).
- After the black paw pieces are placed, pin or use temporary fabric adhesive to hold it in place, and hand stitch with whip stitch or blind stitch (or use your sewing machine). I chose to hand stitch this part.
- With right sides together, sew the front and back stocking pieces together.
- If you’re going to embroider your dog’s name on the white felt that will be at the top of the stocking, I suggest hooping the pre-cut white felt, and do the embroidery. Be sure to size your embroidery design or name to fit the cuff. Hoop you fabric, and with fabric marker, find and mark the center of your design area, then embroider your design or name.
- Cut the 2 white pieces of felt the same width as your stocking and 4″ high (my cuff pieces are 6″ x 4″). Make sure your embroidery will end up in the center, in the middle of your front cuff.
- With right sides together, sew the two cuff pieces together at the sides.
- With stocking and cuff both turned inside out, slip the cuff over the top of the stocking, so the two top edges are lined up, and the side seams are lined up (embroidery will be backwards and inside out).
- For the ribbon hanger, cut a ribbon (mine is about 10 or 12 inches). Insert each end of the ribbon into the top seam about 1/2″ from the side seam. Sew around the top of stocking, catching the ribbon in the stitching.
If you prefer to follow along in the step-by-step for this paw print stocking, please press play on the video below. Bonnie will walk you through it:
Making the Pillow Ornament Embellishments
These embellishments are entirely optional, but they give your paw print stocking a bit of flare, so I made two of them to add to my pup’s stocking along with a few Christmas bells. You can make them any size or color you like, or leave them off altogether.
- To sew the heart and dog bone embellishments, you will need to hoop your white fabric, and embroider the word “love” (or any word you want). Use your machine embroidery grid to mark the middle of your hooped area. I used Embrilliance Embroidery Software to embroider my wording.
- Once it’s embroidered, take the paper heart template and fold it in half vertically. Place the middle of the heart on the center mark in the word. Unfold the heart over the word, and trace the heart. You should have a drawn heart around the word “love”.
- Cut out 2 hearts (including the embroidered heart). Put right sides together, and place a piece of ribbon (your desired length) and put end of ribbon between seem at the top of the heart, and the long end hangs out the side of the heart. The side is where you will leave an opening for stuffing.
- Sew around the heart, stitching over the ribbon, at the top, leaving opening at the side of about an inch, for stuffing.
- Turn heart right side out, and you will have a heart with ribbon attached at the top.
- Fill the heart with stuffing, and hand stitch opening closed.
- Repeat the heart process for the dog bone embellishment.
- Place the heart and dog bone embellishments on your Christmas paw print stocking however you like. You can tie a bow at the top, or off to the side, or at different lengths. I added a few bells on a ribbon for fun!
Done! Now you can fill your dog’s new paw print stocking with all of his favorite goodies!