I started working on my Christmas mantle, and I decided to go with the colors of my tree for the mantle this year which are copper and gold, for the mantle I decided to add some burlap to that color combo and it is really starting to come together. I am so excited to share this post with you today, these turned out even better than I envisioned!
When I put together my mantle, at first I added my regular stockings you know red, white, green nothing special. But the stockings were seriously clashing with my copper color scheme.
Seeee way too much going on.
I searched high and low for some stockings that would fit the color scheme to no avail. Then I thought maybe I can sew some stockings myself! Enter a little google and I found this gem of a tutorial. The great thing about this tutorial is that it has a pattern! So step 1 print out the pattern from the website (remember to turn off shrink to fit or scaling of any kind) the pattern is already to scale.
I did not use the stocking crown, I wanted my stockings to be more streamline so I just used the two bottom pieces. Just cut out the stockings and tape together on the dotted lines.
The tutorial suggested you cut pieces individually. Ain’t nobody got time for that. The good thing about burlap is that it doesn’t have wrong sides, so I kept it folded in half, pinned the pattern to the burlap and cut both sides at one time. (you could probably cut 4 sides at a time and save even more time by cutting two stockings at one time)
And viola all cut out
To make it easier when I turned it inside out I cut off excess material around the tip.
Because burlap is so tricky to work it and frays so easily, I used hot glue around the tip to keep the ends from fraying open. I also did this on any spots that started to fray once I turned inside out.
Now time to embellish. I used my hot glue gun to add copper wired ribbon to trim the top and to make initials.
I simply cut out the letters by hand.
I used a scrap piece of paper from the pattern to space the letters evenly
And viola…looking good…now how do we hook them?
Cut strips of burlap
Simple tutorial on how to cut burlap to prevent fraying…1) pull a string at desired cut mark 2) remove string to reveal line 3) cut on line
So I just bent my strips in half and hand sewed them to the stocking. I tried to use the machine but my freaking needle popped out of the machine cause of the hot glue. TIP: If I did these again I would attach the hooks before I hot glued the ribbon.
last step I filled the toes of the stockings with batting/polyster fill. I made them more stiff and pronounced.
And VOILA! I give you DIY Burlap Elf Stockings!
Stay tuned tomorrow for the rest of the mantle!