December 15, 2011

How To... Burlap Stockings

So.. I am on a sewing kick this week!  Well I was on a sewing kick last weekend.. and now I get to share all of the various projects with you! 

Amongst the list of things I want to make for me for this holidays; my really good friend asked me to make her and her hubs some stockings out of burlap.  Of course I said yes... now I just needed to think really hard about how I was going to make them!  I have made pillows for other people... that is super easy; but I have never made a stocking before so to make it for someone else was a little unnerving.  But as it turns out that is what a seam ripper is for!  I won't lie... I had to tear a few seams out to get it just the way I envisioned, but it was totally worth the extra effort!  And now you will have the benefit of seeing how to make one without all of the seam ripping!

I love, love, love the way these turned out and I seriously want to make some for my house!  I didn't want to give these up, but the look on my friends face when she saw them was truly worth it!

I started with burlap, muslin lining, and red light weigh felt.  I also used one of my existing stockings as a pattern to follow.

I traced my stocking with about an 1/2" allowance.  I didn't really measure, of course it was more like an eyeball 1/2".

Then I used that burlap cut out to cut all of the other fabrics.  I was making two so I had to cut a lot.

I wanted the stockings to have some body to them, so I used very light weight quilting batting to give it some structure.

But I didn't want to the batting coming out of the burlap, and I wanted the inside to be red so I had 4 different layers to sew together.  Inner lining, batting, muslin lining, and the burlap.  If you didn't use burlp {or something was a tighter weave} you probably wouldn't need the extra muslin lining.

I sewed one 4 layer side together and then I used sewed another 4 layer side that was the opposite of the first.  Once the 4 layer sides were sewn to make two sides, I laid the right sided together and sewed them up... leaving the top open of course.

Next I made the contrasting fabric for the top.  I also wanted this to look finished so I took two pieces and sewed them together.  Since I was going to sew three ends of this piece to the body of the stocking, I only had to sew one seam.  I measured the circumference of my opening and added 2 inches.

To make the hanger I took a 10" x 2" piece of both fabrics and sewed them together on one side.  Then I took the iron and flattened the seam.  Next I folded both fabrics over 1/2", folded back together and topstitched.

Once the hanger was assembled I attached it to the stocking while it was inside out.  I prefer the hanger to be on the edge so it hangs nicely, but you could put it wherever you would like it.  This is SUPER important... you need to pin the hanger before moving on to the next step.  This way the hanger looks like it coming out the seams instead of just stitched on.

Next I pinned the contrasting top to the inside out stockings {with the hanger under this}.  I pinned the unfinished end to the top of the inside out stockings.

Once it was sewed all the way around I turned the stocking right side out and flipped up the contrasting fabric.  Next I sewed a stitch down the edge of the contrasting fabric.  Fold over and the hanger and contrasting fabric will be finished.

I added the letter ornaments and the twig snowflakes.  I really liked the contrast of sparkly letters with the natural look of the burlap and twigs!  They are just hung off of the stocking hanger, so they could be changed out next season if they wanted to.

My friends loved these!  I was so happy with the outcome and glad I took the time to make it look right!  A lot to say for a very impatient person!


Debbie refreshrestyle said...

I love these Tiffany! You did a great job, I may be able to follow this tutorial. Love the embellishments too!

Lisa - A Room with A View said...

You are definitely very skilled at sewing - these turned out perfect and I do love the metallic-like sparkle against the earthy burlap.

Amanda said...

Oh my goodness! those are adorable!! I love the red cuff!

Shauna@Satori Design for Living said...

They look fantastic. I could really use some with blue or white trim, but I think they'll have to wait until next year. Clock is ticking!

Carly {xoxo teacherista} said...

I think this is one of my favorite projects from you yet! Add burlap to the list of things I love. Thanks for such a great tutorial. I want some for my apartment!! One of my New Year's resolutions is to take a sewing I'll start there.

Lisa@CozyCondoLiving said...

You have some lucky friends. I love the ornament you hung on the stockings.

The Corson Cottage said...

You had me a burlap....These are so cute! You did a great job! I would love for you to share them at our {Home for the Holidays} party at The Corson Cottage going on now. Carrie

Aimee from said...

I LOVE this! And you make it look SO EASY! Thanks for linking up at Overflowing with Creativity!!! Glad to be bloggy friends with you! Merry Christmas to you and yours!!! XO!