A Quick & Easy Easter Craft

There are 3 facts in life. Cats are better than dogs, hamburgers taste better with beer and the stocking is always the best part of Christmas.

Everything else is iffy.

So it came to me the other day.  Why is the stocking reserved for Christmas?  WHY.  I mean why can’t there be a Valentine’s stocking, or a birthday stocking or an Easter stocking?

Being that Easter is the nearest holiday we have coming up (along with Passover which I also believe would benefit from a Seder stocking), I went with designing an Easter stocking.

Next to the time I thought I invented the Chai Latte, it is my most proud moment.

We’re going to incorporate yesterday’s tutorial on How to Print on Fabric.  The truth is, if you’re good with a sewing machine you don’t even need this post.  You just needed the idea.  So run like the wind to your sewing machine and start whipping up your Easter stocking.

Like this!

Ester-stocking-7 copy



For everyone else … follow these steps.

Materials:

Burlap (I just used the loose weave stuff you can get for around 50 cents a foot from your local garden centre)

Freezer paper

Twine

Inkjet printer

Sewing machine

Stocking pattern

 

The first thing you need to do is print out this stocking pattern.  I’ve designed it in two parts. The top and the bottom, each fitting on a single piece of computer paper.

 

Top-of-Stocking-Final-Pattern

 

Stocking-Bottom-Final-Pattern

To print out the above patterns, just click on each one.  To make it printable size, click on the image again and it will become slightly larger. This is the image you print.

Tape the two together and you’ll have the full stocking pattern.  It will be kind of wonky, but it’ll work.  Trust me.  Because printers don’t like to print images close to the edges, I want you to imagine this pattern doesn’t include the seam allowance.  So when you cut out the pattern cut it as big as you can while still keeping it within the edges of the paper.   Confused?  That’s O.k.  No one does these DIYS anyway.  Moving on!

 

Now that you have your pattern printed out you can start playing around with what image you want to use.  As I always recommend, you can browse the Graphics Fairy or you can use the two images I’ve used.

harecarrots

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Hare is actually from The Graphics Fairy.

 

And the Carrots are also from The Graphics Fairy, but I’ve photoshopped them a bit to elongate them.  Her printable version is here and my printable version is here.

To be safe, you should do a few dry runs with actual paper so you don’t ruin your fabric.  Simply tape 2 sheets of computer paper together and put them through the printer, printing your image on them.  This will show you where the image is going to print on the fabric and whether you need to move it up or down or make it bigger or smaller.

Easter Stocking 1

Once you have your image and it’s placement, now you can run your fabric (with the ironed on freezer paper) through the printer.  (instructions on how to do this can be found in the How to Print on Fabric post.)

Easter Stocking 2

 

La dee ta da.  You’ve just printed on fabric and are halfway to having completed your Easter stocking.  Cut out the stocking pattern that you printed. out earlier and lay it on the right side of your printed fabric then cut it out.  Then lay it again on an unprinted piece of burlap (lay your pattern in the same direction, but on the wrong side of the fabric)  to create the back of your stocking.  You will now have 2 pattern pieces.  One with a print on it and one without.

 

Easter Stocking 3

You can remove your freezer paper now by peeling it off, but I prefer to leave it on. It helps stabilize the burlap which is very wiggly. It makes decreases the chances of your edges fraying when you pull the paper off. Burlap is a bitch for fraying.

Pin your pieces right sides together (unless you’re like me in which case you won’t pin them) and sew around all of the edges except the top.  I used the smallest seam allowance possible so the stocking would be as big as possible.

Easter Stocking 4

 

Once your stocking is sewn around the edges, you can now remove the freezer paper.
Easter Stocking 5

 

I also leave the little bits under the sewing to help the stocking keep its shape a bit.

Easter Stocking 6

Quickly sew around the circumference of the top of the stocking to keep it from fraying, run a small piece of twine through the weave at the back and hang it up on the nearest wall.

Ester Stocking 7

 

The Easter Bunny isn’t quite as discriminating as Santa Claus in terms of how he gets in the house so a fireplace isn’t necessary. Just hang your Easter stocking anywhere and come Easter morning it’ll be filled with chocolates and gooey stuff.  And 10 minutes later you will be too.
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33 Comments

  1. Jane says:

    Well I wasn’t expecting that, but why not? You’re always full of surprises!

  2. Jamieson says:

    Okay, this made me chortle and if I was drinking milk it might have come out my nose:
    Confused? That’s O.k. No one does these DIYS anyway. Moving on!

  3. Laura says:

    Love the idea and the images you chose. We used to do Easter baskets at the end of the egg hunt that were filled with goodies. But Karen, come on.. WHERE IS THE KITCHEN REVEAL? The suspense is killing me.

    • Karen says:

      There’s nothing to reveal yet. 🙁 It’s not done. There’ve been a few … bumps … as often happens in any home renovation. I keep repeating that to myself by the way. If I don’t, I get so angry my hair catches on fire. ~ karen

  4. TucsonPatty says:

    You are so clever and so very funny. I love the idea of a stocking for other holidays. An Easter Stocking tradition would alleviate having to put away a different basket each year. Genius!

  5. Bonnie says:

    How did you learn to be so brilliant?

  6. Tigersmom says:

    I have ideas for Halloween stockings haunting me now.

  7. Reg says:

    I love the idea of an Easter stocking, and I covet your sewing machine.
    Would the stocking work if you had wrong sides together, using a fairly tight zig zag, and let the edges fray for a fringe effect? A bit of experimentation on scrap pieces for the length of zig zag and no need to turn inside out.

  8. Maria says:

    A really nice idea and one I hadn’t seen before. I need a stocking to hold all my Cadbury cream eggs Thanks for the project. Oh, if you print with your printer on best the ink will be darker and will last longer if you make something you are going to wash.

  9. Once again, I must thank you, Karen! One of my Pinterest boards is full of burlap pillows with old-fashioned prints of bunnies on them….familiar idea, much? NO WAY would I pay around $50 to $100 for something I knew could be made myself…I just didn’t know how to…yet! As I said yesterday, now I have THE SECRET!

  10. Erica says:

    Why can’t we at least see an in progress kitchen shot? Why are you hiding it until the end?

  11. Su says:

    cute idea Karen! Love the thought of more chocolate at Easter!

  12. Lyn says:

    Cats better than dogs?! No way!
    Cute project. Your opinion, please: is it odd that I still make candy-filled easter bags for my four sons? I guess I should confess that they range from 20 to 33 years old…

  13. I really need a course in basket weaving…they charge a mint for seagrass baskets here in SC!!
    …and also appropriate for the bunny treats!
    Happy Easter!

  14. Tracie says:

    What a great idea! I wish I could sew, lucky for me there’s fabric glue…:)

  15. JebberJay says:

    I will knit you an asbestos hat for your easter stocking. Nice stockings!

  16. Nicola says:

    For me it’s cola with burgers and beer with chocolate cake 🙂

  17. Love the use of your white wall!
    Thanks for the tip re burlap in the garden centre, any ideas on where you can get freezer paper? I’ve never heard of it over here!

  18. Kelli says:

    Need more coffee.

    Read this: There are 3 facts in life. Cats are better than dogs, hamburgers taste better with beer …

    AS:

    There are 3 facts in life. Cats are better than dogs, hamsters taste better than beer …

    Well. Maybe they do.

    Easter stockings. Who knew? You, that’s who. Have a hoppy one! 🙂

  19. Very Very Cute!! Happy Easter Karen.

  20. gogothrift@etsy.com says:

    oh no, oh no……might we have come to a parting of the ways????? CATS are NOT, repeat, NOT better than DOGS

  21. Anita says:

    I agree that just about everything tastes better with beer. As for the misguided cat comment, well, maybe I just haven’t met the right cat yet. But I doubt it.

  22. Thera says:

    I am too traditional, I need a basket, so maybe a liner for the basket? Or a sack, I could do a sack!

  23. Nancy Blue Moon says:

    Great idea..they look really nice..are they going to be filled with treats and toys for Cleo & Ernie??..Also..I must agree..CATS ARE BETTER THAN DOGS!!

    • Kelly says:

      Depends on the cat and depends on the dog. And depends on whether the cat poops, has a klingon that scares the, well, you know right out of them. and they go racing around the house, terrified, leaping on furniture, off furniture, skidding on the hardwood floor, hiding under couches. happened last night and i will admit as i watched the fuzzbuzz bouncing off walls, i was thinking I didn’t know a single Golden Lab whoever behaved like that.

      • Nancy Blue Moon says:

        Yes but that’s why I love them..they are so entertaining at times..I have one here that could climb up the wall when she was little..lol

  24. Laura Bee says:

    I love dogs that belong to other people – I used to say that about kids too before I had one of my own!
    Super cute – I WILL be doing this DIY – we will be waking up in a hotel room Sunday morning & I do not want my three year old looking in all the nasty corners for her Easter treats! Might make a bunny sack like Thera mentioned- could use it for other things year round.

  25. gabrielle says:

    when do we do the chickens on Welly boots?

    discriminating hipster wants to know!

  26. Robin says:

    very good idea to use the paper to stabilize the burlap. stylish & useful!

  27. Barbie says:

    HEY! I do the DIY’s! What YOU talkin bout!?!

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