This stocking has been a long time coming… it’s been floating around in my head ever since last year’s Abominable Snowman was created.
I know I’m not alone in my love for Clarice…. she is pretty, pure, so kind, and has one of the lovliest voices in show biz. It’s no question that my favorite scene in the Rudolph movie is when Rudolph and Clarice meet… and then when he flies and says “she said i’m cuuuuuuute!” and then his fake nose falls off. It’s classic. I wanted to pay homage to my favorite leading doe, by making this felt stocking for one of my girls (I think Ellery is calling dibs on this one. Corinne will have to settle for Hermie next year! Or the misfit doll maybe?).
Do you love Clarice too? Or do you know someone who would appreciate their very own Clarice Christmas stocking?
Here’s a step-by-step tutorial for ya…..
First, go here to download and print this little Clarice pattern I drew up.
You’ll need wool or wool blend felt. I love the felt I’ve gotten from Ohma in the past- I used it here for Clarice and for the snowy ground… The main part of the stocking is felt from my local fabric shop, Les Fabriques– it’s not quite as high in quality as the Ohma stuff, but it’s perfectly fine for this project, and it came in a large piece.
I used Oatmeal-colored felt for Clarice and an off-white felt for the snow. Bright white for the main part of the stocking- but any backround color would be nice here…. I just wanted to keep it mostly white. I also used some little bits of white velour for the white parts on her chest and belly and ears, and some white fur for the fluff on her tail. I used a teensy bit of black felt for her nose, but you can also use a little black craft paint ( which is what i used for the hoofs).
Okay, here we go. Cut your pattern pieces out and trace them onto your felt with a disappearing marker, or just get crazy and use a sharpie like me- just make sure to cut away black away.
**note: when you are cutting the legs that are in the background, extend the piece at the top by about 1/4″ since you’ll need to tuck those pieces under the body and then glue them.)**
I started putting Clarice’s head together first- I shaped the eye by going back and forth between many photos of her on the iPad. Glue (using basic craft or fabric glue) the white of her eye down to the head piece, and then glue the back part on top of that. Using a few strands of black thread, hand-stitch around her eye…and then stitch a few long eyelashes at the top corner. Her lashes are her best feature, don’t you think?
Okay, next glue the little white part of her mouth to her head, and then using a tiny piece of black felt, glue on a little nose for her (or paint one on).
I had used her head as a gauge of how big the rest of her body should be… and then made up the rest of my pattern. I think she’s fairly proportionate.
Okay, next you need to cut the front piece of your stocking. You can trace a stocking you already have, or draw one up freehand. Finished, mine is about 15″ tall, 6″ wide at the center (where Clarice’s body will be), and 10″ wide at the foot. I cut mine slightly larger at first so I had some room to modify the design later on if I wanted to.
Next you need to make a blanket of snow for Clarice to stand on. I cut long wavy shapes and just placed them all across the foot of the stocking. Just use a bit of glue to keep them in place, then topstitch them along the waves. (You’ll cut the excess off later.)
I used gold thread, but you can barely see it. Oh well…We’ll add some bling later.
Once the snow was on there, I used my disappearing ink marker to re-draw the bottom shape of the stocking. Now you can start to glue the deer in place wherever you’d like her to be. Play around with how you want things placed, how you want the head tilted, etc…
Using some small pieces of white flannel, felt or velour, glue a bit to her neck, and her belly, and both ears. Just use these pictures as a general guide for that.
Then, use a small amount of white fur if you have it to make a little fluff at the end of her tail. You could probably even use a little bit of a cotton ball if you didn’t have fur.
Check out what my kiddos did to my embroidery floss while I was engrossed in my project!! ARGH!
Okay, next… use some skinny red ribbon (with white polkda dots if you can find it- i lucked out and found some at Michael’s in the clearance Xmas section) to make a small bow. Glue it right in between the ears. Then use a Q-tip and brush on a little blush below her eye…
Next, you can sew in some snowflakes using a few strands of thread- I used metallic gold… yep, you heard me. Gold snow. Er…stars?
You can also use embroidery floss. Make a cross going one way, then a smaller one going the other way. Make as many or as few as you want.
Next up, pin your stocking to your back piece of felt.
Sew your stocking together, staying close to the edge of your design. Stitch along the marking on the foot you made, and then cut away the excess….
Make a little loop to hang your stocking by sewing 2 rectangular pieces of felt together- finished, you want it about 9″ by 1/2″-3/4″. Just sew up each side and trim the excess away…
Bring the ends together and hand stitch them to the back piece of your stocking, at the top right corner.
You can fancy up your stocking any way you’d like. Pom pom trim would be super cute…. But I found that icy blue fringe trim at my local shop and knew right away it was meant for Clarice. I thought it had a little old school charm…
Hand-sew your trim (beginning at the back somewhere) all around the top edge of your stocking.
AAAAANNNDDDD… you’re DONE!
And enjoy having “There’s always tomorrow…. ” stuck in you head for about 3 days after….