Are you a fan of Adventure Time? If you haven’t seen it you should give it a go. It is an awesome cartoon about the adventures of Finn the Human Boy and Jake the Dog. Like many kids shows it has themes and jokes which are not just for kids (or would go above most kids heads!). Personally I think it is a show for everybody- I got my dad and boyfriend into it as well.
One of my favourite episodes of Adventure Time is Bad Little Boy, which takes place in the gender swapped land first appearing in the episode Fionna and Cake. I love the characters Fionna and Marshall Lee, so much so that at an MCM Expo a couple of years ago my boyfriend and I cosplayed them.
I was very into putting together the outfits, and I made a plush Hambo and my hat. (Would not recommend full face/neck/hand paint however. Made it difficult for the boy to do anything! And I had to wake up super early to paint him.)
It therefore seems quite fitting that when I wanted to make a new Christmas stocking for my boyfriend (as the one I made a few years ago wasn’t lined and is too narrow to stuff full of goodies) I decided upon a Marshall Lee themed one. And once I decided on that it seemed a logical step to make myself one based on Fionna! Apologies for anybody who thinks it is too early to be talking about Christmas- I waited util after Halloween!
I got my stocking tutorial from the blog sewlikemymom it has the perfect shape that I wanted, complete with a lining and cuff and it has a free pattern to download so check it out.
This should be a fairly quick stocking to make if you have a sewing machine. I do not, so these two took me quite a while as I am not the quickest at sewing. Even if you are super slow like me there is still plenty of time to make one before Christmas.
Make sure you have an iron/ ironing board available to keep the stocking neat and crease free whilst working on it, I borrowed my mums!
I bought my fabric from John Lewis-basing my choice on fabrics I thought suited the characters and would not be too difficult to sew. The felt for the two finger puppets I bought from the Ebay store paper-and-string.
I used a check red and black fabric for Marshall Lee, as it looks like his shirt, and a blue starry fabric for Fionna. Originally I wanted a plain blue fabric but plans change- there were no ideal fabrics in John Lewis, and I decided I liked the stars!
To make the stockings matching (so that we could have cute couples stockings!) I used the other fabric for the accents on the stockings, namely the cuff and pocket.
To begin with I made some finger puppets, using the Adventure Time Crafts book. If you don’t have it just make up your own template based on pictures of the character and make it out of felt- I have done so previously for Christmas decorations. As I had been bought the book as a present I felt I should use it and its templates, and make some puppets! (The book has several more characters and a puppet theatre, it’s very adorable.)
I cut out the pieces using a tiny set of scissors and sewed on the faces and bite marks using thick thread. The main body for both were sewn together using a blanket stitch, and the other pieces were glued on using craft glue, but if you had the time and inclination sewing them on would also work well.
I made the pockets for the puppets very simply, basically I took two square of fabric, sewed them together with their design facing inward, leaving a space unsewn to turn them through. I then sewed up the space and ironed them flat, before eyeballing where to put them on the stocking and sewing them on at the sides and bottom. What I liked about doing it this way it that it means they are lined and a little more substantial than a single piece of fabric. The inside of the pocket matches the stockings!
I lined the stockings with some fleece (leftover from making my Fionna hat!) which worked really well, although it was quite thick to sew through. I love it however as it is so soft and snuggly feeling inside- it will be a real pleasure to use as a stocking.
The great thing about the cuff on this stocking is that it can be turned up if you need extra room, although you won’t be able to use the ribbon for hanging.
A lesson I learnt from the first stocking is to make sure your loop of ribbon goes inside the pieces once you have pinned them together, I accidently put it the wrong way round- leaving the stocking with rough edges of ribbon and no loop once turned the right way. Other than that, check out the tutorial I linked, I found it simple to follow- if you have a sewing machine you could probably make a few in a day! They would be great personalised gifts, and if you don’t fancy Adventure Time just choose your own theme.
I’m not quite sure where I’ll put these up once Christmas period rolls around, wish I had a fireplace and mantelpiece! But I will post some pictures of them up once we have decorated for Christmas.
I am really pleased with these Marshall Lee/ Fionna Stockings!
If anybody has any questions about the stockings, or would like any more pictures just let me know.
I’d love to hear about any crafty projects people have been getting up to (or are planning to do) for Christmas!