I needed new stockings for my son and his family who are joining us for Christmas this year. Being someone who will sew up new stuff at the drop of a hat, I set out to blow the socks off of stockings.
Off I go to get other stuff at The Dollar Tree and what do I see but cheap velveteen stockings – just plain, stockings in white, off-white, red, green and blue. Well, I picked up four of the off-white ones on a whim, thinking I might find something fun to do with them. A few days later, I’m at the crazy Vietnamese garment fabric factory outlet place. (Not sure how else to describe it.) and I am finding so many great fabrics perfect for my holiday decorating. A satin two dimensional rose fabric jumped out at me — can you believe it was $4.00 a yard??
I thought I’d give those Dollar Tree stockings a makeover and put my time towards some new throw pillows instead.
Here’s how I did it:
Measured current flap of Cheapo DT stocking and added a half an inch in length and about a quarter of an inch in width.
I used my serger to finish the edges but you could easily use a tight zig-zag stitch or go the extra step and actually finish the edges by turning them down and stitching. I’m taking the quick route since these are costing me less than $2 a piece and essentially an experiment.
Then I turned the DT stocking inside out and pinned the rose abric to the top edge of the stocking.
Starting at the looped end, I just straight stitched the band on the top edge with a large basting stitch. I overlapped the ends and didn’t even bother sewing them together because I liked the way that the cuff looked larger.
I usually don’t short-cut stuff but this just went so quickly, I went for it.
I think I’ll add a sparkly initial ornament to designate which one belongs to what kid. I think they had them at the Dollar Tree as well. Keep watching, I’m trying to show you all of my cheap and easy holiday decorating ideas. I bought two cans of laquer paint last night…watch out, nothing is safe between me and a can of spray paint.