Burlap and Silver Bow Stockings

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

These stockings were a labor of love, lemme tell ya.  They took me and my novice sewing skills forever to make.  I'm just glad they're finally done - whew!

This isn't really a tutorial since I used a pattern (McCall's M5778), but I'll give you a very basic how-to.  If you wanted to free-hand a stocking shape (or trace an old stocking), you could do this without a pattern.  Having the pattern for the ruffle and the bow sure does come in handy though.  Anyway, on with the show!

I used pattern F, so I cut out all my pattern tissues, then proceeded to spend hours cutting out my pattern pieces.  Having to make 2 stockings really sucked was delightful.  :)

And finally after I had all the pieces for 2 stockings cut, I had this:

(The stocking pieces are doubled up so there's actually 4 each of the flannel, lining and burlap.  Oh, and I took the lazy route and ended up not lining them, so just ignore those pieces.)

The flannel is used for adding some stability and weight to the stocking.  It's just plain ol' white cotton flannel you buy by the yard under the "Flannel" sign in HobLob.  Sew each flannel piece to the wrong side of each stocking piece.

Now take the fronts of each of your stockings and sew on the heel and toe patches.  There's a layer of flannel under each piece, again to provide some stability.

The seams around the edges will be hidden inside the final stockings, but the interior seam won't, so feel free to give it a decorative zig zag stitch.

Now for the bows.  Gather each end of the ties and pin into position on the stocking fronts.  Use a tape measure to make sure each piece is the same width, then sew them on.  Sew about an inch and half along the top, down the side, then an inch and a half along the bottom, just so your bow will stay in place better.

Now it's time to assemble the stockings.  Pin the back pieces to the stocking fronts, and sew with the front side up so you can make sure the seams for the heel and toe patches will be hidden by your new seam.  That's really important.  Ask me how I know.  Oh, and don't forget to leave the ends of your ties sticking out of the top so they don't accidentally get sewed into the stocking!

When I was working on these on Saturday, I felt like Cinderella sewing a dress in her attic room.  First there was Abbie trying her best to get in my way...

...then there was a random squirrel making an awful bird noise (did you know squirrels made noise?  apparently they sound like birds) on the window sill.  It stayed up there for a good 10 minutes.  I was afraid it was somehow stuck and couldn't get down.  But it finally left, thank goodness.

So I don't know how I don't have any pictures of making the ruffle top but I did it the same way I did the fun and flirty apron ruffle.

Now, turn it right side out, iron, then Google how to tie a perfect bow and voila!

My original plan was to have the bow be the same fabric as the ruffle and toe patches, but I ran out of that fabric (since I cut the lining pieces that I didn't even end up using!), so I had to figure out a plan B.  I searched through all my fabric to see if I had enough of anything that would work, but I didn't.  Then I thought and thought about what I could do instead of the bow, but I didn't like any of my ideas.  And I really didn't want to go out and buy more fabric.  Finally, after 20 minutes of hemming and hawing, I looked over and saw this silver fabric laying on the coffee table.  It had been in one of our Christmas bins from when I used it as a tree skirt for our basement tree last year.  I couldn't find a use for it this year so upstairs in went!  Luckily for me, to be used as stocking bows.  Yay silver fabric - thanks for saving the day!  I honestly like it a lot better than if I had used a plain white fabric.

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