I told you I was determined to make us a set of stockings this year. And, like I said earlier, I originally thought I would (try to) make sweater stockings. In fact, I was running around town to all the thrift stores in search of sweaters . . . that is, until I saw this old Christmas rug waiting on me in the "Christmas section." Its faded-out letters and old school santas kind of reminded me of old grain sacks and thought surely I could recreate this rug . . . into our stockings.
First, I traced a handmade stocking pattern on the rug with a pencil. I pinned my backside fabric to the rug and cut out both fabrics . . .
which left me with this.
Next, I sewed the edges of both fabrics at the top of the stockings. Then, I sewed all the way around the stockings several times (both zig zag stitch and straight stitch) . . . just to be sure it would hold all of Santa's loot.
Originally, I thought I'd do a red zig zag stitch around the edges . . . however, I couldn't seem to get it looking right. In the end, I used a heavy duty yarn needle and hand sewed all the way around the stocking.
Lastly, I took a scrap piece from the original rug and hand sewed (with doubled-up heavy duty thread) a small loop at the top corner.
I got a few letters from Hobby Lobby and tied it with a strand of jute rope.
I'm THRILLED to finally have stockings up this year!
Hopefully Santa can get on the ball and find a few things to go inside!!
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