A Doily Christmas Stocking

A Doily Christmas Stocking
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doilyI've been collecting doilies for 20 years, and I still can't resist old ones made of lace or cotton, even if they are stained or damaged slightly.

I take them home, wash and dry them by hand, and use them for crafts, to line baskets, or tuck away under books on a shelf.

This adorable ornament is perfect for those doilies that have been damaged because only part of it shows, allowing you to use the nice section.

You'll need:

1/8 yard velvet, taffeta, felt or other material

6" doily or section of doily

9" length of thin ribbon

hot glue gun

accents: silk flowers, buttons, beads etc.

Cut two Christmas stocking shaped pieces about 6" in length. Place the right sides together and sew with a machine or by hand a 1/8" seam. Leave the top open. Fold the piece of ribbon in half and pin to the wrong side of the stocking (you'll turn it later) at the back seam, matching the edge of the ribbon to the top of the stocking. Trim a 6 1/2" section off the corner of your doily (or section of the square you cut from the doily). Pin this corner piece of the doily to the top of the stocking-with the raw edges matching and the right side of the doily to the wrong side of the fabric.

The uncut corner of the doily should be in the middle of one side of the stocking and the two ends on the other side. Stitch a 1/4" seam around the top through the doily, the stocking and the ribbon. Turn the stocking right side out, folding the doily down over the top of the stocking. Secure the raw edges at the center in the back with handstitching. At this point you can accent your ornament with pretty buttons, beads, or silk flowers-perhaps small roses and a little bow.

You can use this same method to make a full size stocking as well. The small stockings make special gifts to have on hand for guests; adding a few pieces of candy or other tiny gifts inside the stocking.


About The Author

Brenda Hyde is a freelance writer living on ten acres in rural Michigan with her husband and three kids. She is a mom, grandma, gardener, cook and writer. She blogs on all of these topics at Harvestmoongazette.blogspot.com.


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