I am excited to show you what I have been working on…new stockings for the mantel! And I have made them from one of my favorite fabrics…French ticking! I actually finished them with a cuff, but I have added a vintage napkin as well for pretty trim! And they are easy to make, too!
If you have been reading along, you know where the fabric is coming from…my old bedroom curtains! lol Yes, just call me Scarlett! When I gave my bedroom a make-over, I was left with four floor length panels of French ticking. Sooo…I decided to use it for Christmas this year! In a rare appearance, our CEO Ozzie is helping me. Just make a pattern from newspaper and cut out two pieces…front and back. I used a cheap stocking from Dollar Tree as my pattern, allowing a one-half inch seam allowance all around.
1. Pin right sides together and sew. Make a few small cuts not quite to the seam at the curves for ease in turning.
2. Turn and press.
*You can simply stop here and hem the top of the stocking. However, I wanted to add a cuff in case I want to use it without the vintage napkin another year. If you choose not to add a cuff, just add the hanger and the napkin as explained beneath the next photo. Easy peasy!
3. Cut a length of fabric measuring twice the finished width of the stocking at the top plus one inch for the seam allowance and twice the width of the cuff you want to make plus one inch for the seam allowance. (My finished stocking measured 8 inches across at the top and I wanted a 4 inch cuff, so my fabric was 17 inches x 9 inches.) Sew right sides together and press open. This will be the cuff.
4. Fold in half with the seam to the inside and raw edges together. Press.
5. Place the cuff inside the stocking, matching the raw edges and sew.
1. Trim the seam so that it is not so bulky.
2. Turn the cuff to the outside and press.
3. Add a ribbon or self trim for a hanger.
4. Fold the napkin in half to form a triangle and slip stitch it to the stocking in several places to hold it in place.
And…taa daa!…here it is! I love the dainty vintage look!
And in case you are wondering what to do to identify the stockings and would rather not monogram, just add a letter with an ornament hanger! I found these at Walmart last year, but most craft stores have chipboard letters that could be découpaged or covered with glitter for the same look. I am making four stockings and, since I had everything already except for the vintage napkins ($4.00 for four), each stocking cost $1.00 to make! Woo hoo!
You have already seen my French ticking and burlap wreath (if not, click here) and now my stockings…so can my mantel reveal be far behind? Stay tuned!
Thanks for stopping by! I hope you enjoyed a little peek at my Christmas decorations! Please visit these wonderful bloggers and their beautiful blogs to see what they are up to and to find a list of this week’s participants!
Stephanie Lynn at Under the Table and Dreaming for the Sunday Showcase Party
Kate at Centsational Girl for the Holiday Craft Link Party
Sarah at Thrifty Decor Chick for Before and After Monday (first Monday of the month)
Susan at Between Naps on the Porch for Metamorphosis Monday
Mary at Boogieboard Cottage for Masterpiece Monday
Kristin at My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia for Tuesday's Treasures
Marty at A Stroll Thru Life for Tabletop Tuesday
Beth at The Stories of A2Z for Tutorials and Tips Tuesday
Linda at Coastal Charm for Nifty Thrifty Tuesday
Kim at Savvy Southern Style for Wow Us Wednesdays
Judy at DIY by Design for Fall into Fall
Jill at French Cupboard for Voila!French Inspiration on Thursdays
Gina at The Shabby Creek Cottage for Transformation Thursdays
Sherry at No Minimalist Here for the Open House Party on Thursdays
Cindy at My Romantic Home for Show and Tell Friday
Courtney at French Country Cottage for Feathered Nest Friday
Honey at 2805 for Potpourri Friday
Diann at The Thrifty Groove for Thrifty Things Friday
Debra at Common Ground for Fabulous Fall Fun
Sherry at The Charm of Home for Home Sweet Home Friday
Jen at Tatertots & Jello for the Weekend Wrap-up Party
Donna at Funky Junk Interiors for Saturday Nite Special
See you next time! A la prochaine!