Friday, December 7, 2012

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.

Decor and the Dog Holiday Mantel 3

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!


Burlap Stocking Tutorial from Decor and the Dog

Hang by the mantel with care!

Burlap and Gold Stockings from Decor and the Dog

Decor and the Dog Burlap Stocking Tutorial

Decor and the Dog Holiday Mantel 2012

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

Glittery Gold Whispy Wreath

And some reindeer prints.

Decor and the Dog Vignette 2

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

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!

Linking up to: Primitive and Proper


  1. Theseturned out amazing. And only a few steps? Marvelous for lazy people like me. I love the burlap with the gold dots. Very classy. And I think the cuff completes them.

  2. super cute!!! i love the trim! rustic with bling is love.

  3. They look wonderful! I made some burlap stockings, too, but mine were kind of a slapdash effort. You did a lining and a fancy hanging loop?! I hot-glued fabric and ribbons on. Who's the fancy one now?

  4. Burlap and bling. I like it. They turned out great. And they look awesome hanging in front of your fireplace.

  5. You already know I love them! Burlap + gold. We will both have burlap stocking tutorials for this challenge. Mine is a little different, so that's ok right? But it is kind of your fault since you convinced me that I could in fact make it through sewing burlap stocking since you survived your experience! They look fantastic along with your other Christmas decor!

  6. I'm loving that fabric you chose. These are so cute and don't look too difficult to make.

  7. Your stockings are fabulous! I love that you lined them. They look terrific!

  8. I love that wreath! I'm kind of addicted to wreaths, but I'm quickly running out of places to hang them...I'm going to have to start putting wreaths in very illogical places. Would it be weird to hang this one on the back of the baby's high chair? Yeah...that's what I thought.

  9. I love them - and I'm not just being nice. You need an Etsy store, yo.

  10. Wow! Sorry to hear about your burlap mishap but those stockings are so pretty! Love that you lined them too :)

  11. These are gorgeous! Totally worth almost dying for ; ) I hope you're feeling better!!

  12. I'm sorry that this project almost killed you, but if it makes you feel any better you wouldn't have died in vain because they are super cute! :)

  13. I'm planning to make some stocking this year... (I don't know why I think I still have months before Christmas)... so this will be super helpful. Love the fabric you chose for the cuff thing!

  14. so cute the perfect amount of rustic and modern i wish i was patient enough to learn to sew!

  15. So cute! I was seriously considering making burlap stockings then I second guessed my sewing ability, even though I've been whipping up customized towels and envelope pillow cases like nobody's business. Now I'm inspired. Maybe next year.
    I'm also loving your little table vignette. And wishing my foyer table wasn't piled with mail.

  16. So pretty!! I think that burlap just screams Christmas. The whole mantel is perfect!

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  18. those stockings are so stinkin' cute! i love how they turned out...and i must admit, i'm crushing on your wreath. great job! :)

    ps-burlap hates me too...and it's so sad because of how deep my love is for it. :(

  19. Kudos on these adorable stockings!
    I so dislike working with burlap and yet that's exactly what I showcased this week as well!
    You make it look easy ;)

  20. I LOVE THESE!! Almost as much as I love the wreath. ;)

    Your Christmas decorations look beautiful!

  21. The stockings are adorable.
    And, so is your mantel :)

  22. WOW, I love the liner and cuff fabric! Beautiful!! Thank you so much for linking up to our party!

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