I feel like I have a craft hangover. Seriously, a good craft is about the only thing that will keep me up past midnight (sad, but true).
Last night, I headed over to my friend & super star seamstress, Tracy Turney's, studio to do a little crafting. Tracy owns Red Handed Studio & offered to help me rediscover my sewing skills (if you can call them skills). Let me explain here. I own two sewing machines, went to design school, used to sew all of the time but haven't done any sewing in 9 years. I opened Luxe 9 years ago- put away my crafty ways & focused on my business. Well, now its time for a little balance & out comes the dusty, old, sewing machine.
I have been searching for Christmas stockings with no luck. I just couldn't find the right ones....okay, I did find a few that would look great but they were waaaaayyy beyond my budget. (I have expensive taste)
Etta (our oldest dog) was kind enough to chew up a couple of throw pillows that were on our sofa....sweet, right? I, being the cheap-o that I am just couldn't bear to throw them out & decided that they could find new life as stockings. PERFECT!
The first one took hours because I couldn't even remember how to thread the darn machine BUT the next one took about 20 minutes....I think I've got the swing of this sewing business now. Hallelujah!
What do you think?
The front is printed burlap salvaged from our chewed up pillows. The back, lining & cuff are painter's cloth (you can buy a canvas drop cloth at hardware stores for next to nothing). I trimmed the cuff with wired silk ribbon, added a felt rose (click here to learn how to make felt roses) & used gimp trim for the hanger.
For Darden's stocking I used the same basic materials but added a cuff made from an old dress shirt that I found at Goodwill. I wanted something tailored for his stocking & love the look it gave. I used the cuff from each sleeve, stitched them together (right sides down) and then folded the button portions back to form a tailored bow.
I can't wait to decorate the house for Christmas! We are going to get a tree this weekend. I am dying to see everyone's places decked out for the holidays! If you have a crafty Christmas project or super cute decoration please share!