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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
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55 Comments

  1. VickiT on November 13, 2010 at 1:39 am

    I know this an old entry but, I just had to say how adorable this is. What a great idea too in using the drop cloth fabric. I found your blog through Sew Mama Sew where the tree skirt was being shown today and then I wandered a bit and saw the matching stocking too. Love them both.

  2. Faith, Trust, and a Little Pixie Dust on August 1, 2010 at 4:51 pm

    I can't believe the fun you have with drop cloths! Very creative. And I love these stockings. I enjoyed visiting your fun blog.

    Warmly, Michelle

  3. Laura on December 22, 2009 at 8:00 pm

    Awsome! I might have to try these for next year! Too cute!

  4. Wendy @ The Shabby Nest on December 18, 2009 at 10:07 pm

    Fabulous! But then I would expect nothing less!!

  5. Jan on December 18, 2009 at 3:20 am

    Gorgeous! A little advice for people hanging a stocking by the fire: Don't do a hot glue shortcut. My son has a cute stocking with buttons hot glued on it, and throughout the Christmas season, we pick up all the buttons from the hearth that have sagged and melted off the stocking. One of these days I'll actually SEW them back on! 🙂

  6. Cha Cha on December 16, 2009 at 6:56 pm

    Love it, I have been wanting to make stockings but didn''t know what, now I DO!!!! Thanks.
    GOD BLESS AND MERRY CHRISTMAS.

  7. Michelle on December 16, 2009 at 2:58 pm

    You are so creative! Love the three layered ruffle. Now if I could only learn to sew…

  8. Colleen @ MuralMaker&More on December 16, 2009 at 6:36 am

    I'm going nuts here. First, I have all kinds of drop cloths (being a painter). Second, I have a Cricut which I've been too intimidated to use much. I never dreamed of using stencil acetate on it. My mind is reeling with ideas!

  9. Ashley @ AshleysBusy on December 15, 2009 at 4:17 pm

    omg, I love ruffles! Such cute stockings!

  10. Angie @ The Shabby Chic Cottage on December 15, 2009 at 3:02 pm

    They look great!! 🙂

  11. casserole on December 15, 2009 at 2:20 pm

    This is fabulous!! I featured your tutorial on Craft Gossip Sewing:
    http://sewing.craftgossip.com/tutorial-ruffled-dropcloth-stocking/2009/12/15/

    –Anne

  12. Troy on December 15, 2009 at 4:29 am

    And the bigger I make my stocking, the more coal I will have on Christmas day!

    Looks like a fun project!

  13. Randi on December 15, 2009 at 3:45 am

    Where do you come up with these ideas?? That's perfect … I love it!

  14. Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions on December 14, 2009 at 8:37 pm

    This is so pretty just with the ruffles, but the stencil looks great on here!

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