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Ruffled Drop Cloth Stockings!!

Hey guys!! Thanks to all of you who left sweet comments on my drop cloth tree skirt HERE.  Now I want to show you what I made with the rest of my drop cloth….
I made my stockings to match my tree skirt! Here’s how I did it…
I started by using a stocking I bought at the Dollar Tree as my pattern.  I folded my fabric in half and cut the fabric around it.  I knew I wanted it a bit longer so I added about 4 inches to the top and I also wanted them a bit skinnier so I didn’t leave any seam allowance.
Next I finished the top of each piece by folding it over about an inch and straight stitching.  I must add at this point that if I were making clothing or anything else I would finish the inside a bit more professionally but I knew nobody would see the inside and it saved me lots of time:).
Now for my ruffles…. Woohoo!  I started by cutting a long strip of my drop cloth about 3″ wide.  I then ran each side through my serger using a rolled hem.  I had lots of messages from you on figuring out how to use your own sergers.  I was the same way… at first!  Once you figure out how to thread the darn thing it is much easier than your sewing machine and you will wonder why you waited so long to try it! Promise!
I then used my handy ruffler again on my sewing machine to run a stitch straight down the center of the strip.  I love the outcome…
I then started attaching the ruffles to the front of one of my stocking patterns I cut. I did this by running a simple straight stitch over the ruffle stitch.  The ruffler can ruffle your top fabric and attach it to your bottom piece at the same time, but not when working with heavier weight materials.
I added three lines of ruffles and then I was happy… almost:)
I decided the bottom of the stocking was a bit naked so I dressed it up a bit.
My tool of choice… My Cricut Personal Cutter
I used one of my FAV Cricut cartridges out there…
And here she is in action cutting my damask on stencil paper…
Too easy!  You can check out the Cricut machine HERE see other great products Provo Craft offers!
I then used my stencil brush with some black acrylic paint to stencil my damask on a small piece of drop cloth.  You always want to dab your brush up and down and not side to side to get the best outcome.
While that was drying I cut another small strip of drop cloth to make my loopie.  I just folded into thirds and ironed it down to make it flat.
Then I used a black zigzag stitch on top to hold it all together and to make it extra cute!
I then also ran a zigzag stitch around the edge of my damask.
And frayed the edges a bit…
Next I attached my two stocking forms together… good sides in of course.  I just ran a straight stitch around the entire edge.
Before I flipped it…
Clipped my curves a bit to help it keep it’s shape…
Finally I attached the stencil patch I made with hot glue.  I debated sewing it but quickly decided that would be much faster… and it was:)
Want to see the final outcome….
Now…  The very best part (aside from the ruffles) is that I paid $9 for this drop cloth and have already made my tree skirt and stockings.  How’s that for shanty!  What do you think??  Thanks so much and as always, let me know if you have any questions!
~Whitney
I will be linking up over at Hooked on Houses for the Holiday House Tour!!!

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55 Comments

  1. Nancy @ La Chambre Rose on December 14, 2009 at 2:52 am

    I'm in love…the fabric, the style, the colors!

  2. 2sisters on December 14, 2009 at 1:59 am

    That is darling!!! I am eagerly awaiting finishing Christmas projects so I can start on a drop cloth project that I have wanted to do.
    teri

  3. [email protected] on December 13, 2009 at 10:11 pm

    Wow, this is the prettiest use for a drop cloth ever, I love it! Thanks so much, I'll be linking.

  4. Jen R. on December 13, 2009 at 5:46 am

    That is adorable!!!

  5. Hopeful Housewife on December 13, 2009 at 12:43 am

    Hi Ladies! Just wanted to let you know I featured your blog & your shop over at my blog today. Merry Christmas!

  6. BLJ Graves Studio on December 12, 2009 at 11:28 pm

    Fabulous!!! Love it. 🙂

  7. Funky Junk Interiors on December 12, 2009 at 6:59 pm

    Sweet! I'll take about 8 for that overstuffed white stocking look I'm dying to try. May I have them yesterday?!? (sigh)

    They have a little bavarian twist to them that make them look so charming.

    Thanks for linking up!

    FJ Donna

  8. Kimm at Reinvented on December 12, 2009 at 2:34 pm

    Adorable! I just loooove the ruffles.

  9. kermiefrg on December 12, 2009 at 1:17 pm

    Adorable! What a cute idea!

  10. Jeanette on December 12, 2009 at 1:38 am

    You are so talented! You amaze me every time I check your blog.

  11. Frippery on December 12, 2009 at 12:27 am

    No words, just fabulous!!

  12. [email protected] on December 11, 2009 at 11:24 pm

    gorgeous again!!! Featured at somedaycrafts.blogspot.com

  13. snowman hill on December 11, 2009 at 7:18 pm

    Way to cute! I love it! I might have to tackle something similar. Thanks for sharing-
    Krista

  14. Debilou~Mississippi Mama on December 11, 2009 at 6:03 pm

    Looks amazing. Love the ruffles.

  15. From Marriage to Motherhood on December 11, 2009 at 3:36 pm

    Oh man! How I WISH I could sew! : (

  16. Ellenay Designs on December 11, 2009 at 2:56 pm

    I love this! How cool is that to make your own stocking from a drop cloth? I'm amazed at your creativity!

  17. Kim @ NewlyWoodwards on December 11, 2009 at 2:36 pm

    I love this.

    I absolutely went to the hardware store after seeing your tree skirt last week, bought a drop cloth and made my own. I'll post it (with credit to you for inspiration of course) next week. I think it turned out pretty well. I ended up buying the 5×5 square cloth for $4.00, which was the perfect amount for the skirt and ruffle. =)

  18. Shannon Rodriguez on December 11, 2009 at 2:34 pm

    I was planning on trying to make the stockings from Ballard's. I can't decide if I should use my dropcloth or burlap.
    Hopefully soon I will get the time!

  19. Teri on December 11, 2009 at 1:29 pm

    Please tell me you are making some for your etsy shop????? 🙂

  20. [email protected] on December 11, 2009 at 1:18 pm

    I'm tired of my stockings ! I think I'll be making some new ones this weekend. Thanks for the inspiration !!!

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