Monday, December 5, 2011

Christmas Kickoff! DIY Red Linen Stripe Christmas Stockings

It's time to kickoff a full week of Holiday Decor! Weeee-Hooooo...errr... I mean HO HO HO!!!

 I have been feverishly working on all of our Christmas decorations for the past week (or two?) and I am soooo excited to show it all off!  I thought with all the Holiday Linky Parties going on that I would break up the posts by 'decor' category and have a holiday post each day this week.  So, I hope you're feeling jolly because there is going to be a ho-ho-ho lotta Christmas this week on Hammers and High Heels!
 On Dasher to the first project....

I made our own Christmas Stockings!
I feel so Martha (Stewart) right now! Take a look at my cute striped linen-like stockings...
I love the more rustic/ vintage feel of these stockings compared to our brighter (and fuzzier) stockings we used last year.  I was inspired to make them after finding these vintage linen stockings on Dreamy Whites.
Aren't they beautiful?  I just had to have something like them for our own home, and I they were super easy to make!  I was even able to use some left over linen like fabric that was just sitting by my sewing machine.

Here's how I made them...
I started by tracing the shape of my old stockings onto two layers of the fabric. I did two stockings in the larger size for Alex and I, then two smaller ones for our pups Rocco & Sadie.  Once I had the pattern mapped out, I pinned both layers of fabric together so it would be ready for cutting & sewing.
 Next, I cut out the stocking shapes and they were ready for sewing.
I hopped on my sewing machine (no pictures, sorry!) and sewed along all sides except the top opening.

 Here is a look at the stockings after sewing and ironing.
 Then, it was time to make the red stripe designs!  I used fabric paint, foam brushes, and blue painters tape for this step.
 I lined up the painters tape to create the stripe design on each stocking.  I planned to make one thick stripe on the larger stockings and two thinner stripes on the smaller ones.
I mixed my red fabric paint with a little black paint to make a darker red color that would coordinate with our holiday decor.  Then I used a foam brush and applied the fabric paint to the stockings.
 Fabric painting complete!
Once the paint was dry, I removed the blue painters tape.
Here they are!  Some of the lines weren't perfect, but I think it adds to the rustic/ handcrafted look!
I folded a cuff at the top of the larger stockings and hung them my our mantel.  I even got to use my torn book stack/ stocking holders!!!! 
I am so happy with the character these handmade stockings added to our mantel decor!  Hmmm, are you curious about the rest of the mantel???  I hope so because that is going to be revealed in tomorrow's Holiday Decor post!

Hope to see you again tomorrow!
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  1. HI, Carla

    Great stockings. Love it.


  2. I love these, Carla! I've also had my eye on the stockings over at Dreamy Whites. I always love your projects. Can't wait to see what else you do. Oh, BTW, I ordered one of those huge bread boards from Bachmans and it arrived today......LOVE IT! I'm so excited about it!!

  3. Great job, and great tutorial too. I think I could do this one. Thanks for sharing with the party.


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