Christmas,  Crafts,  Sewing

Drop Cloth Christmas Stockings

I know, I know, it isn’t Christmas just yet but when it comes time to decorate I like to have all my ducks in a row…or in this case all my stockings in a row. I keep saying sewing isn’t really my thing, but some things require the misery in order to get to the finish line. Case in point…I wanted a couple of decorative Christmas stockings. I have plenty of material left over from my sewing spree earlier in the year that I decided to use. And that material is drop cloth or painters cloth.

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Painters drop cloth

I drew out a pattern for a stocking and then decided it looked a little small so I re-drew the pattern making it a little bigger all the way around.

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A work of art I tell ya

I cut out four pieces of cloth, two for each stocking. Then I cut out the pattern and traced around it with marker onto the material.

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Like so

Now for the fun part. I wanted to add red plaid to the top and happened to have some red plaid hanging in my closet in the form of a shirt. This shirt had issues so I was ok with sacrificing it for these Christmas stockings. I cut out two strips of the plaid.

Now for the fun part. I wanted to add red plaid to the top and happened to have some red plaid hanging in my closet in the form of a shirt. This shirt had issues so I was ok with sacrificing it for these Christmas stockings. I cut out two strips of the plaid.
Ready to sew

I took my patterns to the sewing machine and sewed two together just inside of the marker line and trimmed the excess. Then I turned it right side out and this is what I had.

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One down, one to go

The good thing about this material is there is no front or back. One less thing to worry about. I sewed the other one the same and turned it right side out as well.

I had planned to also sew the plaid onto the top of the stocking before sewing the stocking together but I couldn’t see how that was going to work, so I changed my mind. I decided to break out the glue gun to attach the plaid cuff to the top.

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Never go wrong with hot glue

Here are the finished stockings, I also added a red ribbon to the top for hanging them up.

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Cute right?

Here they are hanging in the entryway, just for scale.

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We will see where they end up

While I had everything out I also made a Christmas table runner using hot glue for the hems instead of sewing. Figured it will only be out of storage for a few weeks a year. Used painters tape and red paint for this one. You can read about that process here.

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Christmas table runner

Still on a roll, I decided the faux grain sack pillows I made earlier this year could stand some Christmas cheer too. I didn’t really want to make pillow covers so I took strips of the same drop cloth material and painted them…

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Painting on the drop cloth material

I considered adding ribbon on each side but decided to just fray the edges slightly. I wrapped the newly painted strips of material around the pillows to cover the stripes and sewed the two ends together. After Christmas I will just slip the Christmas cheer right off of these pillows.

BEFORE

DIY Christmas pillow covers
Grain sack striped pillows

AFTER

DIY Christmas pillow covers
Christmas pillows

With all these preparations you would think I loved Christmas. You would be wrong. Least favorite holiday. I just like to be ready.

Later

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