About fifteen years ago a friend of mine in Texas gave me a Christmas ornament made out of felt that looked like old fashioned underwear and contained candy. The candy holder/ornament also had a cute and catchy phase attached to it that said, “Went looking for a stocking and couldn’t find a spare. So we stuffed all your goodies in Santa’s underwear!” I have loved this ornament every since and each year when I would take it down off the tree I promised myself that I would make some of them myself, and never seemed to remember to do it during the year UNTIL I decorated my tree for the next year and would think to myself of how I missed that opportunity again!
Well this year I not only made the ornament but 22 of them for my husband’s coworkers!
These are so easy to make and I have included the instructions below.
Red or blue felt
needle and thread
miniature clothes pins
some way to make the little attached notes on the computer along with some scrap booking punches
I first traced a pattern from the original ornament onto tracing paper and cut it out. I then pinned the pattern onto two layers of felt (any color) and cut out the form.
Sew the two layers of fabric together on all sides.
Cut a small square hole in the back of one of the layers and turn the “outfit” inside out. You should now have a pair of Santa’s underwear.
Cut a small square out of the white felt and sew it over the hole in the back of the underwear to resemble the back flap of old fashioned long underwear. I found that it was easier to pin the white piece of felt in place with a straight pin and then sew around it.
Cut a small length of twine for the hanger of the ornament for the tree and to also resemble clothes hanging on the line. If you made your little notes similar to mine, slip the twine through the hole of the note before gluing the twine to the back of the underwear. I made my notes on MS Word and used a craft punch to cut them out. My original ornament had the note lamented and attached to the side with a safety pin. You can choose to add the note any way that works best for you.
Below is the saying for the note again:
Add a small amount of glue to the collar area on the back of the underwear, attach one end of the twine in place and secure with a miniature clothes pin. Repeat this process for the other side of the collar area. The glue will help hold both of these in place.
Flip the ornament over and glue two buttons to the front. Allow all of the glue to dry before placing candy inside the ornament. After you put the candy inside, attach a safety pin to the back white flap to hold it inside.
When you are done your ornament should look like this:
These are great for teacher’s gifts or coworkers in your office.