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A Stitch for All Stockings
Thread your needle with a length of floss and knot one end. Begin sewing by pushing the needle up through the underside of the fabric and then out the top. Loop the needle back under the fabric and repeat the stitch.
The Basic Stocking: Click here to download the cowboy boot stocking pattern.
Cut 1 boot shape from each piece of the animal-print fabric. Be sure to cut the fabric boots so the toes point in opposite directions with the print sides up.
1 Cut 1 boot shape from each piece of the animal-print fabric. Be sure to cut the fabric boots so the toes point in opposite directions with the print sides up.
Cut a decorative shape for the top and bottom of the boot front from 1 piece of the black felt and 1 boot shape from each of the remaining 2 pieces of felt.
Place 1 fabric boot on top of a felt boot, print side up, and pin the decorative shapes on top.
Using the floss, whipstitch (see page 131) around the inner edges of the decorative pieces through both boot shapes. Leave the outside edges open.
Pin together all 4 boots with the other fabric boot on the bottom, print side out, then whipstitch around the edges, leaving unsewn the top edges and about 3 inches from the top corners.
At the top, sew together the front 2 flaps, then the back 2.
The Trimmings: Cut two 2- by 7-inch strips of animal-print fabric.
Fold the strips in half lengthwise with the print sides out and sew along the edges.
Sew 1 strip to the top front of the boot and the other to the back for bootstraps. (You can use the straps to hang the stocking.)
Weave the ribbon through the silver buckles and sew it to the boot.