Day 19…… you know that means we’re getting closer and closer to the big day. Hope you’re well and happy. Remember to take time for yourself, be creative and feed your soul! The payoff is that not only will you be in better spirits but able to give more to those around you!
I keep forgetting to tell you that the winner of a copy of Jane’s DVD “From Art Journaling to Art”, chosen by random generator was CANDY!
I have 3 extras showing up for Christmas this year! Super great news and I couldn’t be happier. However that meant that I’d need more stockings and I can never bring myself to buy them! So I needed something cute, easy to make, big enough but not too big, “ohhhhhhh” worthy—– and makeable with what I had on hand.
I always recommend you keep in your Crafty Bin:
- muslin, white and unbleached
- burlap in natural and ‘white’
- wool felt in a few colors
- a few canvases
- acrylic paint and brushes
- tissue paper in prints and plains
- yarn and fabric scraps
With those things at the ready, I planned my stockings. Using a stocking I had in the basement I traced around it making it a bit slimmer and a tiny bit smaller. You can of course make yours whatever size you want or need. I love to gift friends and family who visit with a stocking filled with things that are silly/fun/delicious/unique and so this size was large enough to tuck in a magazine as well as some chocolates, chapstick, emery boards, fragrance mini’s, nail polish, etc.
I decided to use the whiter muslin although you could go with the darker more natural color as well. Trace around the stocking, use what you have or design your own shape.
Cut a front and a back, and a lining front and back for each stocking. I used muslin to line my stockings. Cut the lining about 1/4 inch smaller all the way around.
See the way the stockings are laid out in the photo above? You want this duo of fabrics in this configuration to be the wrong side. Pin a seam in along the top and press.
Make another of these units OPPOSITE of the one you just made. Check before you sew, you should be able to put one of each half burlap/half muslin stockings right side together and have them match up.
Lay those two stocking units on top of one another, right sides together and pin (the burlap gets a little wiggly). Leave the MUSLIN open about 5 inches along the bottom of the foot. This opening will be used to turn your stocking. Using the muslin is MUCH easier than leaving an opening in that ravelly burlap!
Turn the stocking through the opening and stitch closed the muslin foot opening with a zigzag or straight stitch. Push the lining into the burlap stocking and use your hands and a steam iron to iron it nice and flat. Keep the lining and stocking body folded at the top of the stocking on the seamline, you don’t want to see the lining peeking out.
I wanted clean and simple tags so using muslin backed with stabilizer I stitched all of the names onto the fabric with my machine, using all caps. Using a rotary cutter fitted with a pinking blade I trimmed around all of the muslin tags. I chose a creamy colored wool felt for the backer of the tag and pinked about 1/4″ inch around the muslin tag. Tacky glue adhered the muslin name to the wool tag and then the unit to the stocking itself.
The hangers for the stockings are matching pinked felt stitched inside the stocking with matching thread.
Happy I am. Happy they’ll be.
I really should replace OUR stockings but the leopard still makes me smile!