This year for my mantel decor I decided to make DIY Drop Cloth Christmas Stockings!
Of course I had to add some plaid! It’s a classic and it’s all the rage this season. I had bought some plaid fabrics to make scarves but once I got it home decided to use the black and white for my stockings.
The drop cloth works so great because it is a stiff fabric and can hold a great shape. It’s also VERY inexpensive and you can buy only a small one to make 4 stockings.
I had made stockings years ago with my mom and sister. I used one of those to trace out my pattern. If you don’t have a stocking to use as a pattern here are the measurements.
Stocking Body 2 pieces for front and back (drop cloth fabric) – 9 inches wide by 18 inches tall
Stocking flap (plaid fabric) – 7 inches wide by 18 inches long
Stocking Hook (gold piece) – 7 inches
That penguin stocking is one of my favorites that we made…ADORABLE!!
After you get your pattern cut out here are the steps for sewing.
-Sew stocking together inside out along the outer edge leaving top open.
-Sew along one long edge of plaid fabric to make a hew. I used a 1/4 inch hem.
-Fold flap together keeping the fabric inside out. Then sew the side together leaving the top open.
-Slide the flap over the top of the stocking (both remaining inside out) and sew the body and the flap together by sewing around the top edge.
-Before closing completely at the top, you need to add the hook in. I used this gold fabric/ribbon I had but you can also use cording or regular grosgrain ribbon. Fold it in half, slip it into the side of the stocking where you normally see them and continue sewing the stocking body, flap and hook all together.
The sewing part is pretty straight forward and easy lines. The most important part is the way you have your fabric when you sew them together.
The plaid looks the same no matter which way you flip it but if you have a fabric with an obvious front and back be sure you are sewing them together inside out.
I think they turned out super cute and my family really like them.
The entire Christmas Mantel photos are HERE.
AND see lots more Christmas Mantel Inspiration HERE.
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