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.
For everyone else … follow these steps.
Burlap (I just used the loose weave stuff you can get for around 50 cents a foot from your local garden centre)
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.
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.
The Hare is actually from The Graphics Fairy.
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.
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.)
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.
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.
I also leave the little bits under the sewing to help the stocking keep its shape a bit.
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.
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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