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Sew or No Sew Stockings

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Christmas is in a few days… HELP!!!!!!  If you are looking for a last minute idea, here you go! These are super fast and super easy. I did 4 of them in an afternoon.

You can sew them or glue them or both. I did both.

What I used to make 4 –

1 1/4 yards of burlap

2 different spools of red, wire ribbon

1 partial spool of shiny, red rickrack

1 spool of gold cording

2 plastic snowflake ornaments

1 tiny bottle of Tulip Puffy Paint

hot glue gun



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First I drew out a pattern.  You can trace an existing stocking or free hand it.

Yes, I know this looks NOTHING like the stockings I made… I’ll get to that. ;)



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Place your pattern on the burlap, making sure the burlap is folded so you cut the front and back at the same time.

Yes, still looks different. I’m getting there. LOL



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Sew or glue the front to the back.


Then hack off the curly toes when you realize that burlap is just too thick to turn right side out with that narrow of a space…. LOL

Now, that being said…. If you want to leave the stockings inside out, it DOES look really cute. The curly toes don’t show up as well as expected but still very cute.

Too bad I didn’t think about that BEFORE I got frustrated and hacked them off…..

Now, turn right side out and press. Use a cool iron if you’ve used hot glue. Or leave it inside out. ;)




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Turn the top in about 1/2 inch and press. Again, using a cool iron if you’ve used hot glue.



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Now, cut a small piece of the rickrack and pin in place OR hot glue in place.

Then either sew the top under and the rickrack in place or glue the top under.

This one I did with the sewing machine. The other 3 I just glued.  Either way works just as well as the other.



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Cut your ribbons to make as big a bow as you like. Cut a smaller piece, about 3 “, to use for the middle. Wrap it around the center of your bow and glue or sew it in place.



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Glue or sew your bow in place. Then adjust the ribbons. ;)



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Measure out the rickrack to go around the toes, cut and glue in place.



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Now do the same for the heel!



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Then write the name with the puffy paint!

It takes about 4 hrs for the paint to dry so I would suggest putting it up somewhere that the cats can’t get to…… ;)



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This is the first one I did.



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Colin informed me that boys don’t like big, red bows so I went with little gold bows and snowflakes for theirs. ;)



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I hope you like the tutorial! Please let me know if you have any questions. You can leave a comment or use the Contact Me button at the top to email me! :)






I’m Still Alive!! ;)

SHEW! My goodness! What a week!! I have been super busy trying to get the house sorted. I have come to the conclusion that we have too much stuff…. Especially toys… LOL

I have 2 rooms left to finish, the toy room and my sewing studio/library. Right now that room is so full of boxes and shelves that you can barely move through it…..  Hopefully I can change some of that today.

I have a few more pictures to share. Let me see if I can find them. LOL





This will be my sewing studio/library. ;) Right now it looks like this –



I am thinking about painting my desk a navy blue. Well, that is IF the paint made it this far… LOL








My walk-in closet. It is now completely full…. LOL






Well, gotta run!!! TOOOOOO much to do today!!! Anyone want to come and help???? LOL


The Ramblings of a Half Crazy Person

Soooo…. Jacob got a job today. He starts tomorrow. That’s good. BUT last night was his last night under our roof. He will be back tomorrow evening to get all of his things and move into his new place with his friend. My heart is broken. I can’t believe it. I mean, I knew it was coming… But that’s my head, not my heart. It’s realllllly going to hit hard tomorrow when he comes to pack up.


We now have appointments with 4 different moving companies. They will be coming out to give us estimates on moving us. Did you know that some of them offer CLEANING services???? Oh, yeah, I am ALLLLLLLL over THAT!!! LOL

We will be sending in the deposit for our house on Friday. Here are a couple of pics. I think these were taken a long time ago because I am almost certain one of those walls was painted red….


Living room



This room will be the sewing room/homeschooling room/library. The Hubby THINKS it will be his office… Umm… I don’t THINK so! He can have the garage!!! LOL I am SUPER excited to have a room for all of that!! :) I wonder if I can fit all the bookshelves in there… Probably not….. LOL


One of the three bathrooms. I believe this is the one off the kitchen. It only has a shower, not a tub.


Another of the bathrooms.


The dining room.


There are 4 bedrooms and 3 bathrooms. The master bedroom has 2 walk-in closets!!! Yes! 2!!!

The girls will be still be sharing a room. Cailey wouldn’t be able to do without Deanna. ;) Joshua will still have a room of his own. Colin will still be sleeping in our bed BUT the 4th bedroom will be a playroom!!!! No more toys all over my room!!! WOOO HOOOO!!! No more stepping on Legos in the middle of the night!!! YIPPEEEE!!!

There’s also a large laundry room. That will be nice. We have a tiny one right now. There’s a cat door leading from the laundry room to the garage.

It has a gas stove, which I have never used before. I am a little anxious about that. I remember having one when I was little and my mom would tell me over and over to stay away from it because it would blow up. LOL Yeah, I’m a tiny bit anxious…..

The house has a nice foyer and the sewing room/homeschooling room/library opens off of it. There is also a door that lead from it to the living room.

I love that it has the vaulted ceilings and TONS of windows!! There are 3 different sets of french doors!! I might need some more curtains. LOL

There’s a brick floor in the dining room and a stone floor in the kitchen. Pretty cool.

Tonight for supper we had a turkey! LOL We are trying to use up everything in the deep freezer.

Just over 2 wks and we will be Georgia bound. Gosh, I hope our old van will make it! Good thing that we have friends and relatives on the route down!

Well, the tooth is still acting up but is is somewhat better. I’ll take what I can get!! I have still been sketching like crazy! I have filled up almost 2 whole sketch books! I’ll have enough stuff for at least 5 collections before this tooth is all better! LOL If I didn’t sketch like crap I would show you a few…. ;) I have soooo many more projects floating around in my head!! I want to go to Goodwill and find some sweaters to work with. I would like to make Cailey a few sweater dresses. She has one sweater that I LOOOOVE. Unfortunately she has outgrown it. We called it the macaroni and cheese sweater. LOL It looks sooo much like mac and cheese!! I am going to try turning it into a skirt when I get the chance.

I have been looking online at churches in the new area. I think I found the one we will try first. They have youth meetings twice a week and children’s groups twice a week. That would certainly help the kids make friends quickly!

There’s a sewing group that meets once a week at the library. I am really looking forward to that!!!


Anyway….. I need some cheering up! So, here come the funny pictures and uplifting sayings!





















I am putting all my trust in the Lord. He will see Jacob through this. He will see me through this. He will see our family through this move.  I will rely on Him fully.




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