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DIY Easy Burlap Christmas Stockings

Going along with my handmade Christmas decorations (like my Holiday Burlap Banner or my Ruffled Tree Skirt), today I made a pair of burlap Christmas stockings for my hubby and myself.  I knew we needed some stockings but just like my tree skirt, I had several ideas in mind when I went into the fabric store, but as soon as I stepped inside and saw this printed burlap, I knew exactly what I wanted to make!  These stockings were so easy, I had them sewn and hanging in under an hour (and that’s with me photographing every step of the way- I’m sure you could have them done even quicker!)
Burlap Stockings DIY

You’ll need the following (for each stocking)
1/2 yard of burlap
1/2 yard of felt (a half yard of felt will be enough for 2 stockings since felt is typically 72″ wide)
1 Shank button
decorative buttons
thread to match
Typical sewing supplies- sewing machine, scissors, straight pins, etc.

These directions are to make 1 stocking. Adjust as necessary to make more than one.

Step 1
Cut out 2 stockings from burlap and 2 from the felt (which will act as the lining). I sketched out a stocking shape on a piece of newspaper, but I’m sure you could find some printable templates online. For the cuff, cut 2 rectangles that are as wide as the top of your stocking and twice as long as you’d like the cuff to be. (So I wanted my cuff to be 4 inches long and my stocking was 5 inches wide, so I cut 2 rectangles 5 inches by 8 inches).  In the photo below you’ll see I have two cuffs on the left opened up and two cuffs on the right folded in half.

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Step 2

Place right sides together and sew a 1/2 seam around the stockings and the linings, leaving the top end open.  Backstitch at the beginning and end.
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Step 3

Fold both cuff pieces in half (so that the short ends are touching) and then lay one folded piece on top of the other, and sew down the short sides.
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Step 4

Trim.  You’re going to trim the lining (The felt pieces) very close to your stitching and the burlap piece you are going to grade the seams (cut one seam allowance shorter than the other) and clip the curves.
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Here you can better see the grading of the seam on the burlap piece.  Trim the cuff seam as well.
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Step 5

Turn the burlap piece right side out (and not pictured here) turn the cuff piece right side out.  Slide the lining into the outer burlap stocking- the wrong sides of each should be facing each other now.  Slide the cuff into the opening of the stocking and pin around the uppermost edge.  (Not shown- sorry! I forgot to photograph this).  Sew around the uppermost edge with a 1/2 inch seam.
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Step 7

Pull the cuff out of the stocking, fold back the burlap piece and trim down all of the felt pieces.  Leave the burlap seam allowance long because burlap tends to fray.
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Step 8

Fold the cuff down to the outside.  At this point you could leave it as is, or you can decorate with decorative buttons.  I did three tortoiseshell buttons on my husbands mustache stocking and 3 buttons to form Mickey’s head on my Mickey stocking.

On the backside, I sewed a shank button near the top of the cuff so that I had something to hang a string on to hang the stockings up.  You could omit this and sew the string right to the stocking, but I liked how this looked better.
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Finally, “hang your stockings by the chimney with care in hopes that St. Nicholas soon will be there”
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I wish our mantle looked this good! Actually, we live in an apartment, so our stockings are currently hanging on our TV stand.  This is the fireplace in our apartment complex’s clubhouse.
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Did you make some stockings of your own? I’d love to see them! Leave me a comment here or stop by my Facebook page and leave me a picture. Is Instagram more your style? Follow me at @SewIn2Disney so that you can tag me in your picture and make sure you use hashtag #handmadeisbetter

Reversible Holiday Burlap Banner

Happy almost Thanksgiving! In honor of the holiday that gets no recognition (when it comes to decorations), I have an easy reversible holiday burlap banner tutorial today! I’m all for decorating for Halloween and then leaving some of the more “fall-ish” decorations up through Thanksgiving (like my Recycled Book Pumpkin!) But I feel that Thanksgiving needs its own special decoration, hence, my “Give Thanks” bunting. I got this idea a few months ago, and have been slacking since I bought the burlap. When I sat down to make it, I figured why not make it a two-in-one craft with a Thanksgiving greeting on one side and a Christmas greeting on the other? That way after the turkey has been eaten, I can easily flip this banner over and get a head start on my holiday decorating!

Reversible Holiday Burlap BannerTo get started, you’ll need a few items – about a half a yard of burlap (get more if you want a different size or shape bunting or if you want to write a phrase with more letters in it), a spool of ribbon at least 6 feet long (mine was burlap ribbon that was 1/2 inch wide), black paint, paintbrush, sharpie and either a hot glue gun or sewing machine to attach your bunting to the ribbon.

To begin, decide on your phrase – I picked “Give Thanks” on one side and “Believe” on the other. Since they don’t have the same amount of letters, I chose to put “Give” all on one flap. If you have 2 phrases with different amounts of letters you could always leave blank flaps on the reverse side or decorate the extra flaps with simple pictures (you’ll see what I mean below)

I wrote mine out on some scrap paper and played around with different fonts – I went with a script like font for “Give Thanks” and a funky mixed up font for “believe”

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Next, make your bunting pattern – you can go with the traditional triangle, or with the longer double-pointed flap like I did.  My dimensions are below- feel free to replicate that or come up with a size that better suits you (and the area you want to hang it in!)

*Note that mine is on the fold- so it is actually twice that!  Having it doubled lets you write letters on both sides without having the paint show through to the other side.

Cut one piece (on the fold) for each letter in your phrase.  I decided to add a “picture” flap at each end of my word, so I cut out 9 flaps – actually, I cut out 10- one extra to practice on.DSC_2902

 

Iron your burlap (you want to make sure it’s flat and it has a good crease at the top).

 

 

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Now it’s time to begin painting your letters! I used a sharpie marker to freehand the letters, but if you’re not confident in your lettering, you could use a stencil or print out your phrase on your computer and use a window or lightbox to transfer the font to your burlap.

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After you have written out your letter in Sharpie, go over it with paint.  I did only my first word, and laid out the letters in order. *Make sure you work on scrap paper or newspaper as the paint will bleed through the burlap.

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Now, for the reverse side, you’re going to want to work in reverse- so the “b” in “believe” will actually start on the “s” in “thanks”. (This is why I suggest doing only one word at a time!

Repeat with your Sharpie/Painting on the other side.

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Last, I decided I wanted a picture flap at each end- so on one side, I painted some simple leaves and on the other, some holly (And after I took this picture, I outlined both and added in some details with Sharpie markers)

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Next, lay out your ribbon – my window (where I wanted to hang the bunting) is 72″ long, so I made my ribbon 75″ long so that the bunting would have a slight curve to it when hanging.

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I sewed my burlap down to the ribbon just because for me, it’s the fastest, but if you aren’t handy with a sewing machine, you could just as easily hot glue the letters to the ribbon.DSC_2917

 

With my extra ribbon, I made two little bows to put at each end and used some straight pins to attach it to the wall!

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Right now, we have “Give Thanks” hanging up, but come Friday, I’m going to reverse it….

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….so that it says “believe”!1DSC_2920

If you make this, what phrase(s) are you going to put! Let me know in the comments! Or show off your final piece on my Facebook page. More of an Instagram person? Follow me @SewIn2Disney so you can tag me and add hashtag #handmadeisbetter. I can’t wait to see what you come up with!

 

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