Thursday, December 13, 2012

Better Than New Stockings

For the last couple of years I have wanted new stockings.  Our old ones were almost twenty years old, grungy, and I was tired of looking at them.  I have looked for stockings before and after Christmas while they were on sale but there weren't many I liked, or we just didn't agree on what we wanted.  So we kept using what we had.  I had thought of sewing burlap stockings but then I wasn't sure of sewing burlap.  I was afraid the fuzz would clog by machine.  I did contemplate glue but our wood stove is always running and i was afraid they would come apart with the weight of the goodies that would fill them.  Besides, hubby is not a big fan of burlap.  So I kept thinking and waiting and wondering what I should do.  I found some stockings I liked but they were almost $30 each and I knew I would never spend that.
Well, while looking through Pinterest I found these, from this great blog.  They are burlap but I thought I could use a different fabric I already had in my stash.  They only trouble was there wasn't a pattern or tutorial for them.  I would have to try this all on my own.
Here is the mantel before with the old stockings. Once again, instead of artwork or a lovely mirror a giant tv sits a top my mantel.  But I try to make the best of it.
Using the old stockings as templates I cut out shapes from osnaburg fabric which I purchased on clearance when Walmart was clearing out all of their fabric (which I can't understand because they brought it all back). I also cut some muslin for the top of the stockings.  Then I went to the sewing machine and sewed them together.  They are far from perfect and there are a few changes I would make if I tried it again but I am happy with them.
To me this small change has made a dramatic difference in the look of the fireplace.  It makes me happy each time I walk by. For the boys' stockings I sewed a straight ribbon around the bottom of the muslin and for the girls I ruffled it just a little.
Then dear hubby found these initials at Walmart.  I was thrilled that they had them all.  We almost couldn't find a V, but he finally found one.  I simply attached them to the loops of the stocking with the hooks in their packages.
Not bad for someone who has never sewn anything without a pattern.  Now just don't peek inside my raw edges are a bit scary and the seams may not even be straight but they look pretty.  I don't think my family will care what my raw edges look like once I fill them with goodies.

So glad I finally just did it.  The difference is amazing.  In keeping with my stash busting, the only thing I purchased were the initials.  Everything else I already had here.  I am quite thrilled to create something so beautiful without spending much.  Thrilled to have found that fabric on clearance and swooping it up for less then 50% of the original price.

Linking to these great parties.


stitching under oaks said...

they look awesome! they totally brightened up your entire fresh and fun! great job!

Holly Lefevre said...

They are BEAUTIFUL! I love stockings...not really I do love all kind of stocking!

Lisa said...

Very pretty! I actually do the same thing with little letter ornaments for each person in the family. My cat even has a paw print!

cindy the cottage chick said...

Hi Ruth! So glad you were inspired by my burlap stockings :) I've had many ask about how to make them, but never saw any of the this is exciting for me! They look awesome! Thanks for the shout-out as well. I'm stopping by from Craftberry Bush....

Being Home said...

Lovely! :)

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