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What is your favorite holiday? Christmas is by far my favorite.
I love the holiday season because it’s filled with so many special traditions that make the time of year magical, memorable and fun!
Even our dog Bailey gets into the Christmas spirit. She loves when there are lots of people around and visiting because they always take time to pat her head, rub her belly or sneak her a little table snack! And she’s always sure to find her stocking filled with dog treats, toys and other surprises from both Santa and us.
But as I was going thru our Christmas decorations last week I noticed that Bailey’s stocking was worn and tattered. She’s had it for close to 10 years, so I think a new stocking was certainly in order. However, instead of buying a stocking, I decided to make her a new one that will hang alongside the rest of the family’s on the mantle this holiday season!
Now, I don’t own a sewing machine, so I had to be creative. I came up an easy, no-sew pet stocking. Here’s how I did it….
Materials for pet stocking:
1 Yard patterned holiday material
1 Package HeatnBond Ultrahold No-Sew Iron-On Adhesive Roll (3/8″ x 10 yds)
Embellishments (I used a wood-based initial ornament)
Hot glue gun & glue stick
- Pre-heat your iron to medium heat, no steam.
- First thing you need is a stocking pattern. I found this to be the most difficult part of the whole project. I looked at a lot of stocking templates online, but all printed at 50% or less of its correct size. You needed to print out the template and then scale it up to 200% on a photocopier to use. So I just took out an old Christmas stocking from my holiday bins and I and traced it onto a roll of white paper and cut it out to create my template.
- Next, take the holiday-patterned material and fold it over the long way, so it is stacked into two layers, with the right sides of the fabric together. Tip: When you fold the material, make sure your design is lined up straight.
- Place the stocking template on top of the stacked fabric and secure with straight pins.
- Cut along the pattern through both stacked pieces of fabric using the scissors.
- Once your template is completely cut out with the scissors, separate the scrap fabric and remove the template pattern.
- Now separate the two identical fabrics cut outs by pulling them apart.
- With the right side of the fabric facing up, take the HeatnBond Ultrahold No-Sew Iron-On Adhesive Roll and outline the entire edge of the stocking, except for the top straight portion (so you can put things into the stocking!). The paper liner side of the adhesive paper should be facing up.
- Hold iron on paper liner for 2 seconds and repeat until entire surface is bonded. Allow it to cool, and then peel off the paper liner.
- Place the second fabric stocking cutout directly on top of the first, making sure the right sides of the material are facing each other and match up exactly.
- Press and hold iron for 8 seconds on each section until the entire piece is bonded.
- Allow one minute to cool.
- Fold the entire stocking inside out so that the bonded seams are on the interior. Use your fingernail or a pencil to push out corners.
- Cut out a small piece of rectangular piece of fabric to make a hook. Create clean, straight edges using the heat adhesive tape and adhere to back of stocking.
- Iron the stocking flat and it’s as simple as that!
Then that’s where the real fun begins. You can add any sort of embellishments you want.
For my stocking though I decided to get a little fancy and made a cuff for the top of my stocking. I just measured out a rectangular piece of the patterned fabric that was just a little more than two times the width of the top of the stocking.
I used the HeatnBond Ultrahold adhesive tape to make 4 clean edges and then adhered it to the top of the stocking, doing my best to line up the pattern.
Using my hot glue gun I tacked on a scripted B wood-based ornament to the top since my dog’s name is Bailey….
Looks pretty good, right – and totally NO-SEW! It took me all of about an hour to do from start to finish….
Now all that was left for me to do was to help Santa out and fill Bailey’s stocking.
I headed over to Walmart’s pet aisle and found some great gifts – an adorable sweater that she can wear for walks in the cold, a fun squeaky chicken and of course Bailey’s favorite kind of gift, dog treats!
I picked up a bag of PEDIGREE® DENTASTIX® Beef Flavor. Oral care for pets, but especially for older dogs like Bailey, is super important so having a treat that she finds yummy and targets her oral health is a win-win in my book. Next I grabbed a bag of Cesar® Treats. Bailey loves nothing more than to please us, but sometimes she needs a little encouragement. These little bites are perfect for dog training. Finally, to keep her busy when the family sits down to our Christmas dinner and not beg at the table, I got her a package of PEDIGREE® Jumbone. That will certainly keep her busy while we’re eating.
Once I got all Bailey’s presents home I realized that everything wouldn’t fit into the stocking – so I took some of the leftover fabric along with a scrap piece of plain red material I had in my craft bin and made a little present bag to put the PEDIGREE® DENTASTIX® Original in.
I think it turned out pretty well. What do you think?
If you’re looking for more great gift ideas for your pets, be sure to check out this fabulous collection of DIY crafts and pet goodies.
Now it’s your turn to share. Do you have plans for gifting your pets this holiday? What do you usually get them?
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