Hello, friends! Sarah from Little Red Brick House here. It’s so good to see you again! How exciting is it that December is upon us and Christmas is in full swing? I have been decorating like a madwoman and I’m so happy to be sharing one of my homemade decorations with you today.
I love changing up the theme of my Christmas decor each year and with that usually comes a change in my stockings. This year I decided on a red and white color scheme with a dash of farmhouse for my decor. I love grain sack everything and thought that some grain sack striped stockings would be adorable.
Instead of shelling out a boatload of money on store bought stockings, I figured I could make my own for the price of what it would be to buy just one. Let me share with you how I made mine!
Tools & Materials:
- canvas drop cloth
- painter’s tape
- red paint (I used Americana Decor Chalky paint in the color Romance)
- paint brush (preferably foam)
- Sewing machine
- Thread to match your drop cloth
First, you’re going to want to bleach and wash your drop cloth so it’s a little lighter in color and not so stiff. I used this tutorial to bleach mine. After the drop cloth was dry, I traced the shape of my stockings with an old stocking I had in storage and cut it out. I tried to use the hemmed edge of the drop cloth for the tops of my stockings to minimize sewing.
Next, I taped my grain sack stripes onto each stocking using painter’s tape. Be sure to press down your tape edges really well so you don’t get any bleed through. I used three different striped patterns for each of my stocking to mix things up a bit.
I carefully painted on my stripes with a foam brush and red paint. I only painted in between where I had taped.
Once the paint was dry I laid my stocking pieces on top of each other with the right sides facing in. Then I sewed a hem around the edges, leaving the top open, obviously.
I flipped my stockings right side out and inspected my work.
To make the hanger loops, I simply cut along the hemmed edge of the leftover drop cloth and then cut that into 6 inch pieces.
I sewed the loops onto the inside hem of the non-toe side of the stocking, making sure to double up on my stitching since that is where most of the weight will center. And that was it!
Aren’t they cute!?
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