Our Stockings

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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  1. We had that rug when I was a kid! It brings back SO many memories. I can distinctly remember how it felt for some reason.

  2. what a great idea!! i love them :)

  3. So inventive...I love them!!!

  4. Love it! I, too, am trying to make homemade sweater stocking this year. Hope I get to it in time :)

  5. I love the hanging letters--such a great touch. They turned out great! Very clever. :)

  6. Oh, I like this very much. You are so original and creative! Well done! XO

  7. What a great way to reuse that rug!

  8. What a great way to reuse!

    If you get a chance - love for you to link up to my "Made by ME" linky party: http://www.jaqsstudio.com/2011/12/made-by-me-9-linky-party-and-features.html

  9. These are so original --- they look beautiful! I just did a post on turning a rag rug into a purse, I'd love for you to come by and check it out if you have time!
    Blessings, Becky

  10. They are so cute! I would never have even thought of doing something like this-you are obviously far more creative than me. Great job!

    I am hosting a Christmas stocking link up as part of my 12 Days of Christmas Traditions series at my Christmas blog. I would be honoured if you could stop by and link up this wonderful idea/post!

    Best Christmas wishes,

  11. this is such a cool idea they turned out great! I'd love you to link this up to my what we wore party over at http://raegunwear.blogspot.com

  12. This is so unique and beyond cute!! I love it!! Would love for you to please share it via my Pin'Inspirational Thursday linky party please...LOVE LOVE :)) http://theartsygirlconnection.blogspot.com/2011/12/pininspirational-thursday-11-linky.html?m=1 *Thanks so much :)) Wishing you a happy Thursday..~Marilyn*

  13. Such a great idea and doable even for a non-sewer like myself.

    So glad that you added your creativity to our Pin'Inspiration Party this week.

    Happy follower and would love if you popped by and grabbed a button.

  14. Adorable...love them :) Laurel@chippingwithcharm

  15. You are killin me! These really are just incredible! PLEASE come link them up at Get Schooled Saturday a Too Much Time on my Hands!


  16. Pinning these too, I love them. Way to think out of the box. So are you making that 4th stocking this year?



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