Dare to Deck the Halls- Burlap Stocking Tutorial

Can you believe that Monday is the last link party for the Dare to DIY?  Where does time go?

Monday’s theme is “Dare to Deck the Halls.”  I’m sure you have been wanting to make something for your home for the holidays.  Hopefully the Dare to DIY is that extra little push that you’ve been needing!

On Tuesday I shared with you our holiday mantel. One of the finishes touches on the mantel was the addition of burlap stockings.

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I’ve had my eye on burlap stockings for awhile.  When I found some gold polka dot fabric and burlap with gold flecks in at Joann’s, I knew it was a sign that these stockings were to made in 2012.  Unfortunately I learned that burlap and I don’t get along (major congestions/headache/think I might die/seriously) but I suffered through for these beauties.

Stockings are like the throw pillows of holiday decorating.  There are seriously easy to make.  I will show you how.

You will need:

  • 1/2 yard exterior fabric (I used the gold flecked burlap.)
  • 3/4 yard interior/cuff fabric (I used the gold polka dot fabric.)
  • 6” ribbon or fabric remnant for hanging loop (I used a strip of fabric.)
  • Coordinating thread
  • Stocking template (I’m not smart enough to do this as 1 download so you will need all 3 pages. Page 1, Page 2, and Page 3.)
Burlap Stocking Supplies

Print out the stocking pattern (links above).  Cut out the pattern with a rotary cutter or trace and cut out with scissors. Repeat for the lining.  (You will need 2 exterior pieces and 2 lining pieces.)

Burlap Stockings Step 1

To assemble the body of the stocking, put the two exterior body pieces right sides together. Pin in place. Sew the two layers together with a 1/4-1/2"-ish seam allowance.  I’m super precise when I sew.  I’m having trouble coming up for the right words for this but it’s important to sew as along the circular edges as smoothly as possible.  If you sew them too square or at a point, your stocking will look funny when you turn it right side out.

Burlap Stocking Step 2

Trim the fabric along the edge of toe and ankle to help make the stocking less bulky when you turn it right side out. Turn right side out.

Do the same with your lining pieces except you will not turn the lining pieces right side out.  (My lining fabric was hard to determine which side is right side so don’t let the photos fool you.)

Burlap Stockings Step 4

Place the lining inside the body of the stocking.

Burlap Stockings Step 5

Next you will need to make the cuff.  Cut out a 16" x 9" rectangle.  Fold the fabric in half (right sides together) and sew up the short side.

Burlap Stockings Step 6

Fold this in half so right sides are showing. 

Burlap Stockings Step 7

Place the cuff inside the body of the stocking.  You want the finished/folded edge to go in first.  The raw edges of the cuff should match up with the raw edges of the body.  You also want the seam of the cuff to match up with the back body seam. 

Burlap Stockings Step 8

Cut a 6" piece of ribbon (or use a fabric scrap like I did) and fold in half. Place the ribbon between the lining and the cuff along the back body seam of the stocking. The loop of the ribbon should be facing into the body of the stocking.  Align the raw edges of the ribbon and the body of the stocking.

Burlap Stockings Step 9

Pin body of stocking, cuff, and ribbon.  Sew cuff onto body of stocking.  Fold the cuff over and enjoy your handmade lined stocking!

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Burlap Stocking Tutorial from Decor and the Dog

Hang by the mantel with care!

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In case you missed them, I also whipped up a Glittery Gold Whispy Ornament Wreath.

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And some reindeer prints.

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Are you ready for Monday’s link up?  We double dog dare you on this last challenge! Seriously.  What are you waiting for? Go forth and craft!

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20 Handmade Christmas Gift Ideas (Dare to DIY)

Thank you all for linking up to the Dare to DIY Give Handmade link up!  There were so many great projects that we decided to compile our favorites into one handy post.  Hopefully you can use this compilation to help you out with those last minute handmade gifts.

20 Handmade Christmas Gift Ideas

Click the images or the links below to check out these fantastically awesome gift ideas!

 House Drawing by Planting Sequoias * Card Table Playhouse by Anything Pretty

Dog Silhouette by A Peachtree City Life * Wine Gift Bags by Bowl of Cherrys

Wine Cork Trivet by B&B Build a Life * Christmas Joy Felt Pillow by Our Next Great Adventure

Owl Coasters by Boxy Colonial  * Vanilla Brown Sugar Body Scrub by Wills Casa

Sharpie Mugs by Shannaigans * Travel Jewelry Holder by Naptime DIY

Gold Leaf Agate Coasters by Desert Domicile * Lilly Doll by Home in the Country

Festively Red Spread by Little Rays of Sunshine * R2D2 Stocking by Creative Chaos Art

Geometric Necklace by Ceci Bean * Mason Jar Snow Globes by The Sweetest Digs

Woodbead Necklace by Decor and the Dog * Crochet Blanket by Maybe Matilda

Dish Towels by NewlyWoodwards * State Necklace by Two Twenty One

We will be pinning all of these handmade gifts to the Dare to DIY Projects board.  You can also find all of the co-hosts on Pinterest: Decor and the Dog, Maybe MatildaNewlyWoodwards, and Two Twenty One.

Are you ready for next week’s Dare to Deck the Halls Challenge?  What’s the most fantastically awesome handmade gift that you have received?

Dare to DIY (Give Handmade) Link Party

How was your week-end?  We finished up some holiday decorating.  We started Christmas shopping…which is actually really early for us. Weird. We went to see Cirque Dreams Holidaze last night.  Pretty impressive show.  I want to be a circus performer.  Nate told me that my lack of coordination and fear of heights would hold me back.  I thought spouses were supposed to be encouraging?

I also got the blog all organized for December.  In case you missed Saturday's post, there will be at least 21 straight days of blog posts in December.  Unless I flake.  Totally a possibility.

Today is the day where you get to show off your handmade gift goodness.  Who doesn’t love handmade?  I have some other handmade gifts up my sleeve but I don’t want to ruin the surprise.  Because if my friends/family are anything like me, they’ll peek. 

On Friday I shared with you a tutorial for making a Wood Bead Necklace.

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My co-hosts also whipped up some pretty impressive gifts.  I fully expect one of each on my doorstep before the 25th.  Rachel may want to get started on my king size crocheted blanket…if she already hasn’t.

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Now it’s your turn!

Each Monday, the link party goes live for that week's Dare to DIY challenge. You can link up as many projects as you wish, as long as the posts correspond with the theme of the week.

You can link up on any of the co-hosts blogs. The linky below will stay live through Wednesday. This Thursday, each co-host will spotlight at least 3 projects we loved from the week on their blogs. We'll also pin those projects on our shared Pinterest board!

The only rules:

1. Please follow the Dare to DIY theme of the week (this week is “give handmade”). 

2. Please link back to Dare to DIY on one of our blogs (preferably all but we understand that time is precious). (Or copy this: I’m sharing this at the Dare to DIY party hosted by Decor and the Dog, Maybe Matilda, Newly Woodwards, and Two Twenty One!)

3. Please go to at least one other blog and comment. I can make it to all 60+.  You can make it to one. I promise.

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Dare to DIY Handmade: Wood Bead Necklace

Who’s ready for the Dare to Give Handmade link up on Monday?

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Monday’s challenge is Dare to Give Handmade.  We dare you to DIY a gift made by you. Nothing is more special to give than something you created. Ideas include bath and body items, kitchen gifts, hand-sewn clothing or home decor. 

My handmade gift is a ribbon and wood bead necklace that I made for my mom.

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Well, I made her help me design one and then I made one for her. If that isn’t love, I don’t know what is.

This necklace takes about 15 minutes to make and will cost you about $2 per necklace.

You will need 1.5” ribbon in the color of your choice.  10 wood beads.  (I purchased both of these items at Joann’s.  You will only need one spool of ribbon.  Don’t let the photo mislead you.)

Wood Bead Necklace Supplies

Step 1: Cut the end of your ribbon into a point.

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Step 2.  Fold this point in half and cover in tape.  The tape isn’t completely necessary but we did find it was easier to place the beads on the ribbon by using it.

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Step 3: String your ten beads onto the ribbon.  You need to string them on so you have at least 10 inches of ribbon on the end that you are stringing them from.  Be gentle while adding the beads.  We found that we scratched the ribbon a little if we fought with the beads too much.

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Step 4:  Tie a knot at the end of the beads. The knot should be tied at the end where the ribbon is still attached to the spool.

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Step 5.  Determine the length of your necklace.  I did this by holding the ribbon and beads.  You need enough ribbon to get the necklace over your head easily plus some additional to tie the bow.  I erred on the side of having too much ribbon. 

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Step 6:  Tie a bow.  This step is just like tying your shoes.  Seriously. Don’t over think it.  My bow looked worse when I thought about it.  Be sure that your ribbon is not twisted when you tie the bow.  You don’t want to give your recipient a necklace that looks wonky around the neck, do you?

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Step 7:  Trim the ribbon ends to your desired length and you have completed your super easy (yet adorable) handmade gift.

Necklace Final

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Why is the bow on different sides in these photos?  Good question.  You can twist the necklace.  I took the final photos at a different time than when I made them.  I probably had the ribbon twisted on my neck and didn’t pay attention.  Eh.  Guess that not twisting step isn’t so important.

I looking forward to seeing your handmade gifts on Monday! If you want more Dare to DIY inspiration, check out my co-hosts' projects at Maybe Matilda, NewlyWoodwards, and Two Twenty One.

Next week we get all holiday decorating up in here.  Get ready to brush the glitter of your clothes now.  That’s what you get when you wake up reading Décor and the Dog.  *sing to similar Katy Perry’s Waking Up in Vegas*

Linking up to: Funky Junk Interiors

Dare to DIY “Entertain” Features

You all impressed me with your fake dinner parties that you shared at the Dare to DIY Entertain link party.  I appreciate the fact that I’m not the only other crazy person out there.  Nice work blog buddies.

Now it’s time to share my favorites.  I think picking three favorites may be the hardest part of this whole co-host gig.  Maybe Matilda, NewlyWoodwards, and Two Twenty One will also be sharing their three favorites so be sure to check out their picks.  Tell them Ike sent you.

We'll be sharing all the picks on our shared Pinterest board, too.  Sharing is caring.

In no particular order.  Drum roll please.  Suspense building music.

This simple, yet elegant, table setting over at Retro Ranch Renovation spoke to me.  I’m drooling over that fabric.  I like that this table setting looks nice but yet still very comfortable.

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I fell for this table setting by Ceci-Bean.  Snowflakes made out of drop cloths.  Why didn’t I think of that?  The colors and textures are perfection.

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I think these gilded stemless glasses over at Ramblings from the Burbs are beautiful.  I kind of want to make some. I could totally drink Sangria from these, right?

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Thanks to everyone that linked up! Be sure to join us on Monday for next week’s dare…to give handmade.  I’ll be sharing my project tomorrow.  Get. Excited.

What was your favorite project for the week?  Are you pumped for next week’s challenge?

Dare to DIY Be Thankful Features

Did you have a chance to check out all of the “Be Thankful” awesomeness from Monday’s Dare to DIY?

If not, be sure to check out all of the creative ideas right here.  I encourage everyone that linked up to visit at least a few other blogs.  Or else.

I would like to share my three favorites with you today!  The other co-hosts will also be sharing their three favorites.  That is twelve DIY action packed projects between four blogs.  Try to contain your excitement!

I’ll share my favorites in order of link up.

Party Goer #5 was Wills Casa sharing their “Give Thanks” photo collage.

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The amount of time, effort, and thought that went into this display is impressive.  There are 123 little reminders of precious memories in one awesome display.  I want one.

Party Goer #20 was Desert Domicile sharing this creative take on a guest book.

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Such a fun idea for guests to share all that they are thankful for. Do you love the design?  Me too.  Head over for a free download.  Oooo. I’m also drooling over that frame but that’s besides the point.

Party Goer #51 was Sweet Pea sharing this simple burlap and dropcloth tea towel.

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A burlap and rick-rack on a tea towel.  How could I not love this?  I need one of these too.  Dear Santa…

Be sure to check out the other featured projects over at :

I’ll be back on Friday afternoon sharing my awesome Black Friday knockdown finds “Dare to Entertain” Project.  Loyal American readers, enjoy your Thanksgiving.  Eat lots of turkey. Be thankful.  Nap.  Bond with the family. Nap. Loyal rest of the world readers, enjoy your Thursday!

What were your favorite projects from the week?  Big Thanksgiving plans?  Who is crazy enough to shop on Friday?  If so, what’s your on your “to-find” list?

Dare to DIY (Be Thankful) Link Party


The much anticipated first link up for the Dare to DIY is here!

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On Friday, the co-hosts all shared their “be thankful” project.

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Decor and the Dog    Maybe Matilda
Newly Woodwards    Two Twenty One

Now it’s your turn!

Each Monday, the link party goes live for that week's Dare to DIY challenge. You can link up as many projects as you wish, as long as the posts correspond with the theme of the week.

You can link up on any of the co-hosts blogs. The linky below will stay live through Wednesday. This Wednesday, each co-host will spotlight at least 3 projects we loved from the week on their blogs. We'll also pin those projects on our shared Pinterest board!

The only rules:

1. Please follow the Dare to DIY theme of the week (this week is “be thankful”). 

2. Please link back to Dare to DIY on one of our blogs (preferably all but we understand that time is precious).

3. Please go to at least one other blog and comment. This is a party. No wallflowers allowed! :)

Okay, it's time for the fun. We can't wait to see your projects!

Dare to DIY: Thanks is For Giving

The much anticipated start to the Dare to DIY is here!

 

Well, you still have time.  I am just here today to share my project with you as encouragement for you to complete yours.  Let’s do this thing!

The first “dare” is to “be thankful”.  This project can be anything that reminds you to be grateful during this season of thanks.  You can do this.

I channeled my inner Onion Grove Mercantile and painted a “Thanks is For Giving” sign.  Nate hung the sign by the front door.  Bam.  Thankfulness in your face.

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I really like sign painting.  It’s surprisingly relaxing.  I also like the recent time change and having to take all of my blog photos in the dark like a loser blogger that has a day job.  A day job that I am thankful for.  See, look at that sign reminding me of all that is good in my life.

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I’m going to make up for the night photos with free “Thanks is For Giving” printables for all of you!

The printables are 8×10.  Click on the photos below to download.

 

 

 

Need additional “be thankful” inspiration? 

Check out the projects by the Dare to DIY co-hosts: Maybe Matilda, NewlyWoodwards, and Two Twenty One.

Don’t forget to link up your “be thankful” projects right here on Monday, November 19th at 8am Central.  I can’t wait to check out everyone’s DIY goodness!

Do you dare to be thankful?

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I have exciting news! 

I am co-hosting the Dare to DIY Challenge along with Maybe Matilda, NewlyWoodwards, and Two Twenty One.  And we want you to join us!

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What is the Dare to DIY Challenge? 

This challenge is the brainchild of NewlyWoodwards.  It is a challenge to motivate us to DIY projects through Thanksgiving and Christmas - and to do it together. Bring on the new DIY blog buddies.

Each week the link party goes live for a Dare to DIY challenge. You can link up as many projects as you wish that correspond with the theme of the week. 

Nov. 19:  Dare to… be thankful!

DIY a thanksgiving project to remind you to be grateful during this season. Ideas include a Thanksgiving advent calendar, artwork and banners.

Nov. 26: Dare to… entertain!

DIY something for your table. This could be something from Thanksgiving table or a new Christmas look. Get creative and use things in new ways. Or go true DIY and make something totally new. Ideas include place mats, table runners, place cards or centerpieces.

Dec. 3:  Dare to… give homemade gifts!

DIY a gift made by you. Nothing is more special to give than something you created. Ideas include bath and body items, kitchen gifts, hand-sewn clothing or home decor. 

Dec. 10:  Dare to… deck the halls!

DIY something new to deck your halls. Did you find something in a catalog that you wish you had? Wreaths, stockings, pillows or advent calendars? Make it! Inspire us all to do the same.

 

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     Be Thankful (NewlyWoodwards) Entertain (Miss Prissy Paige)
   Give Homemade (
Decor and the Dog) Deck the Halls (His and Hers)

Will you be joining us?  Spread the word!  Sign up below. (Link directly to your blog home page)  We double dog dare you!

***Don’t forget to enter the giveaway for Ana White’s book, The Handbuilt Home. Enter here!***