It’s wreath day at the 2019 12 Days of Christmas Holiday Ideas Blog Hop! You can access and print the calendar of events by clicking on the highlighted link. The blog hop runs from November 11th through December 6th. Be sure and drop by on the the 25th to see all the ornament tutorials shared by myself and my fellow bloggers. Also, you can enter our amazing giveaway at the end of this post. When Burlap Fabric agreed to sponsor our event, I knew I wanted to make a burlap stocking wreath. A “wreath” is technically defined as an arrangement of flowers, fastened on a ring. However, it’s fun to take the basic elements of a traditional item and interpret them in a different way. I took some faux greenery, pine cones, and jingle bells, and assembled them into a Jingle Bells and Pine Cones DIY Burlap Christmas Stocking Wreath.
- burlap Christmas stocking- I was given free product by Burlap Fabric (Thanks BurlapFabric.com!)
- red stripe fat quarter
- snowflake wired ribbon
- cotton batting (for stuffing)
- tin heart ornament
- faux pine greenery
- hot glue gun and glue sticks
- sewing machine and basic sewing supplies
- jingle bells (I used 3 red ones)
- faux peppermints (6)
- ** I did not use the small pictured peppermint ribbon- I intended to use it as a loop for hanging, then realized later that the burlap stocking already had a hanger.
Open the “flap” at the top of the stocking, then turn the stocking inside-out. Pin the red stripe fabric all the way around the flap (the part that folds over at the top of the stocking). Let the excess material hang over the top of the stocking-for now.
Place your sewing machine on a straight stitch. I used #7 on my Brother machine. Sew along the right and left sides. Trim the fabric at the stocking opening. Leave 1″ of fabric to sew the top seam next.
Fold the top edge over, into the burlap stocking, with no raw edges showing. You want your project to look nice when Great Aunt Ruth looks inside (other women WILL check your stitches, so be prepared with a clean, neat project inside and out). Use a straight stitch to sew all around the opening. Be careful not to sew the front of your stocking to the back. Believe me, I’ve done that more than once in my life.
Now for the tricky part. You’re going to sew along the seam at the bottom of the burlap flap. Sew as close to the edge as you can get, without sewing the front and back of your stocking together. If you do that, you won’t be able to stuff your stocking; and that would be tragic. You could use a zipper foot for this, but I was “in the zone” and couldn’t be bothered.
Time for the fun part! The hard work is done. Plug in your glue gun. Take three 10″ lengths of snowflake ribbon and make loops. Cut triangle ends at the bottoms of each ribbon loop.
Play around with the basic elements before hot gluing. Make sure you like the arrangement. I started out with the assemblage below, then decided to trim the edges of my side ribbon loops into shorter triangle shapes. The loops looked flat and lifeless to me.
I hot-glued everything onto the stocking, then added 6 peppermints and 3 jingle bells for embellishments. I also trimmed the tin heart ornament’s hanger after gluing.
I was happy with my burlap Christmas stocking wreath, but felt as though it needed something. My husband suggested that I add “patches,” and stitch them to the stocking. So, I hot-glued some red stripe fabric to the toe and heel, then whip stitched it with some red embroidery thread. You can use a few strands of regular red sewing thread, if you don’t have embroidery thread.
For the last step, stuff that stocking! I left mine open, with the stuffing visible. I may add some toys or other goodies (to peek out from the top of my stocking) later. You’re done! I hope you enjoyed my Jingle Bells and Pine Cones DIY Burlap Christmas Stocking Wreath.
Enjoy the Season!
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