We are delighted to be taking part in a Christmas Stocking making project.Our challenge is to come up with a fabulous design using some basic craft materials. Since the kids are always disappointed that we don’t get the pets any presents for Christmas, we decided to make a stocking and some home-made dog biscuits for our lovely Labrador Sophie.
How to Make a Christmas Stocking for your dog
To make our Christmas stocking we used:
- Open weave Jute
- Iron on lining fabric
- Pieces of Felt
We started by finding a Labrador image to use as a template, and cut it, and some bone shapes out of some black and white felt. We also cut a piece to trim our stocking and paired it with a pretty length of lace ribbon.
The Jute we chose has a beautiful open weave, so we used an iron-on lining fabric to stabilise it. This should minimise it fraying and losing its shape, once cut. We marked out our stocking shapes (making sure they were mirror images), and cut them out.
Before sewing the two stocking pieces together, we checked how all our embellishments looked, and positioned them where we wanted them all to be.
Once happy with our arrangement we sewed all the felt pieces onto our stocking by hand. Then machine sewed our two stocking sides together with the lining facing out so that we would get a neat finish when we turned out stocking the right way around.
How to Make Homemade Dog Biscuits
Once we finished our stocking, it was time to fill it. We decided we would make some lovely homemade dog biscuits to stuff inside. We used.
- 3 cups Oats
- 2 ripe Bananas
- 1 cup Peanut Butter
We ground the oats in our spice mill and combined them with the mashed bananas and peanut butter into biscuit dough. We rolled it out and cut out bone shapes. We wanted our biscuits to be hard and crunchy, so we gave them ten mins at about 180 C and then reduced the heat down to about 130 C and gave them another 30 minutes.