Make a Christmas Stocking Puppet

Make a Christmas stocking puppet: How to transform a child's Christmas stocking into a puppet, including plain and fancy fixin's, mix and match patterns and sewing tips.

| November/December 1985

Make a Christmas stocking puppet by using these step-by-step instructions and pattern. (See the stocking puppet pattern and photo in the image gallery.)

Make a Christmas Stocking Puppet

It sometimes seems a shame that the whole wonderful panoply of Christmas is fated to charm us for a few all-too-short days, and then the sparkling ornaments, colored lights, well-stuffed stockings, and other decorations sit in boxes, unused, for the next eleven months. I was following this line of thought one day and came up with the idea of a stocking/ puppet. One side would be a beautiful Christmas stocking—either in red or in a nontraditional fabric—but turn it inside out and you'd find a delightful horse puppet. The stocking itself would brighten any child's (or adult's) holiday, but long after, when the candies, fruits, and presents that once filled it were memories, a perky pony playfellow would remain to accompany the youngster on many imaginary journeys.

Plain and Fancy Fixings  

I fashioned my stocking/puppets from new fabric, but you could make yours from any colorful scraps you have on hand. I'll give you directions for sewing the complete gift with the stocking side in inch designer inch fabric, then tell you how to make the more traditional version.

To duplicate my patchwork example, you'll need the following materials: 1/2 yard each of maroon, maroon calico, and beige cotton fabric; 1/2 yard of polyester batting (I've found that worn-out cotton mattress pads are a great substitute); a small scrap of solid brown fabric for the ear linings; a 2 inch by 19 inch strip of dark brown felt, plus enough of the same felt for two eyes approximately 1-1/2 inch in diameter (the strip can be pieced, if necessary); maroon, beige, and dark brown or black thread; and a pattern taken from the diagram shown. To enlarge the diagram to a full-size pattern, rule a 1 inch grid on a sheet of brown wrapping paper that's at least 17 inch by 21 inch , or use 1 inch graph paper. Then, following the diagram, copy the design one square at a time onto the paper (a 3/8 inch seam allowance is already included). Cut out the pieces and identify them for future reference: You may want to sew lots of stocking/puppets as gifts!

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