Painted Horse Toss Pillow

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Thanks so much for stopping by!  Today I am sharing with you a painted horse toss pillow project that I made for the RV.  If you haven’t heard about our new exciting adventure check out my post on it here.

Painted Horse Toss Pillow

I think it turned out adorable, and it is the perfect addition to our traveling home to remind me of these big loves that are still back in CO.

My Horse Loves

When I came up with this project idea I was a little concerned about the painting portion of it.  While I love to paint, I am not the most precise painter when it comes to really intricate details.  However, I was actually pleasantly surprised at how simple this was to make and paint.  It took me about 2 hours total over the course of 4 days. . . why is it I can’t sit down and do one project from beginning to end at one time???  Does anyone else have this problem?  Normally when I’m working on a furniture project I have the excuse that I need to let each coat of paint dry, but I did’t really have this excuse with this project because the paint dried really quickly.

Anyhoo, here are the steps for this rustic farmhouse horse pillow.

Painted Horse Toss Pillow

Materials:

  • Fabric of your choice (I chose a heavier duty striped canvas type cloth. . . yes I still have an addiction to canvas, will it ever end?)
  • Sewing Machine and Sewing Materials (thread, fabric scissors, pins, etc)
  • Printer and Paper
  • Carbon Paper
  • Paint (I used a water base acrylic paint because that’s what I had however, if you want your pillow be washable then you should choose a washable fabric paint)
  • Paintbrush

Painted Horse Toss Pillow

Quick Note:  I chose to do the silhouette painting after I sewed the pillow together because I wanted to be sure I placed it in the right spot on the pillow.  You can definitely skip down to step four and do the painting portion first and then come back to the sewing portion.

Step One:  Cut out and pin your fabric (pretty side facing in) the size you would like your pillow to be with about 1/4″ extra on each side.  My pillow is 20″ Long by 14″ Tall, so I cut 20.5″ x 14.5″.

Step Two:  Sew around the edges of your pillow leaving an opening to flip your pillow right side out.  In the picture above I have the opening showing on the side (the square box), but I would recommend doing the opening on the bottom so that it’s not as noticeable when you close the opening.

Step Three:  Flip your pillow right side out through the opening that you left on the bottom.

Step Four:

Painted Horse Toss Pillow

Print your horse silhouette out, and lay it on the fabric with the carbon paper underneath.  I found the horse silhouette here.  I had to resize it and cut it in half so that I could print it on normal size paper and still have it be the size I wanted for my pillow. Here is the size I used – Large Horse.

Step Five:  Trace (hard) around the silhouette of the horse making sure that the carbon paper is marking on your fabric.  I went over each piece a couple times to get the carbon to show up well enough.

Painted Horse Toss Pillow

Step Six:  Once you have the outline of your horse transferred on the fabric then you can paint it in.  My fabric was really thick so it wasn’t necessary for me to place paper between my two pieces of fabric, but if you have a lighter piece of fabric it would probably be best to place paper between the two layers.  Just roll up the paper so it fits through your stuffing opening and then unroll it inside the pillow while your painting.  I used a tiny paintbrush to paint the edges and then a larger one to fill in.  Then I went back over with a different color shade to give the color a little more depth.

Step Seven:  Once the paint is dry then you can stuff your toss pillow and sew up the opening.

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Painted Horse Toss Pillow

Painted Horse Toss Pillow

Painted Horse Toss Pillow

I mentioned a couple posts ago that I have been really thinking about my issues with my perception of perfection.  In this I mean that I struggle with posting on the blog when I’m doing larger projects (ie. . . large room re-dos at the ranch or a full re-do of the RV) because I continue to tell myself that I will post that project once A,B, & C are complete.  Well, this just gives me a reason to procrastinate and then I don’t get projects posted up here.  I’ve made it a goal to not worry so much about things being completely finished and/or perfect and to just keep posting as I go. . . I can always update as things get more complete right?!?  In the spirit of this, below is a picture sneak peak at the newly completed and installed curtains that separate the cab of the RV from the rest of the living space.  This was a big project goal for me to get done because 1. it gives us privacy from people seeing in through the windshield 2. it helps with efficiency because we don’t have to heat/cool that extra space and 3. since we use the upper bed for storage we can close that off and not see all of our storage.  The biggest goal with the RV re-do was to lighten and brighten everything up, so you can see that this fabric choice really helps to brighten things up.  I have some other fabric that ties the toss pillows together with some of my other selections so you will be seeing those things start to piece together.  I’m currently in selection process to change out the backsplash in the little vanity space and kitchen, so be sure to check out those updates when I get them completed in the next couple weeks.

Painted Horse Toss Pillow

Painted Horse Toss Pillow

 

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Let me know what you think of this project, and as always I would love to see your painted horse toss pillows!

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Fourth of July Porch Inspiration

If you missed my most recent update, then check it out here to get caught up on our latest crazy adventure!  We are truly enjoying this new chapter in our life and trying to soak up all the fun experiences while we have this amazing opportunity.

I’m also plugging away at the RV makeover, and I am sooooo excited to share it with you.  I’m not sure if I’m more excited to share with you because that would mean that I’m done-ish, or if I’m actually stoked about how it is turning out.  The conclusion fluctuates depending on the current state of my tiredness and how much I like the project I have currently completed.  This has also led me into a long discussion with myself about my perception of perfection, and why I wait so long to share projects with you on the blog.  More to come on that later, but in the meantime here is some Fourth of July porch inspiration from last year’s front porch makeover and a couple simple tutorials!  Needless to say, the RV did not get a fourth of July porch makeover because I’ve been so busy with the inside (and our porch moves a lot, so less is really better here).

4th of July Porch Inspiration

Below are the tutorials for making these cute bandanna pillows and those rustic canvas and denim wreaths:
Bandanna Pillows Tutorial

Bandanna Pillows (this is about the simplest sewing project I have ever done. . . great beginner sewing project):

  1. Buy two bandannas for each pillow
  2. Sew around the dotted line leaving an opening at the bottom Bandanna Toss Pillow Tutorial
  3. Stuff
  4. Sew up the opening

You’ll notice I didn’t turn the pillow inside or right side out before I stuffed.  This is because I wanted to have a “ruffle” on my pillows so I utilized the bandannas already finished edges to create this edging on the pillows.  You can also sew along the edge and then flip them right side out before stuffing to have a clean edge.

Denim & Canvas Wreaths

Click on the picture above or here for the Denim and Canvas Wreath Tutorial!

And, last you can always paint your door. . . that’s a pretty big step for one holiday though!  You’ll be ready for Christmas too.

Thanks for stopping by and remember Be Creative, Be Inspired, and Be Authentic!

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Cafe Curtain Tutorial

Hey there!  Today I’m going to share with you my plans for putting together a quick cafe curtain.  I made this cafe curtain for my kitchen window because I wanted something that provided some privacy, but still let light in and was easy to open and close.

Cafe Curtain Tutorial

I found this fabric at Jo-Ann Fabric and to my delight it was the exact height I needed with finished edges already on the top and bottom (Yay for two less hems).  It was in the section of fabric with the linens, canvas, and burlap.  I love how it looks like old french linens.

Cafe Curtain Tutorial

Here’s what you need:

  • Fabric of your choice
  • Curtain rod in the measurement you need for your window
  • Cafe Rod Clip Set (I think I found mine at Wal-Mart or Target)
  • Sewing Supplies
  • Tools for hanging curtain rod

Cafe Curtain Tutorial

First, I measured my window for the height I would need, and then the width of the window.  I did 1.5x the width of my window in fabric.  For example, if your window is 36″ wide, you will want your curtain to be 54″ wide.  Measure and cut out your fabric allowing a little extra for hemming (I do 1/4″).  Hem each side of your curtain (and if you are lucky like me then you will only have to hem two sides).  Then lay your curtain out like I have it above and space your cafe curtain clips evenly along the top of your curtain.

Cafe Curtain Tutorial

Cafe Curtain Tutorial

Next, measure and install your curtain rod.  Then hang your curtain!  Easy Peasy!

Cafe Curtain Tutorial

Cafe Curtain Tutorial

Cafe Curtain Tutorial

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Simple Outdoor Cushion and Bandanna Pillow Tutorials

Simple Outdoor Cushions

One of the main projects for my front porch was to create some simple and inexpensive cushions for my outdoor furniture.  I was in serious need of new cushions!  However, I wasn’t really wanting to spend much (since I have a tendency to leave them out all year long), and I wanted something that would transition well with my decor throughout the year.  Lately, I have had a slight addiction with using painting canvas to make things, and I decided why not continue this addiction with my outdoor cushions.  Once I got these done, I needed some cute late summer toss pillows to add color so I made these SUPER simple bandanna pillows as well. . . seriously, I don’t think there was ever an easier sewing project!

Here it goes:

Simple Outdoor Cushions

First, what you need:

  • Painter’s drop cloth (you can find these at pretty much any hardware store or super store. . . Our local Harbor Freight was the least expensive).
  • Tissue paper and Scotch Tape
  • Something to measure with (Sewer’s tape, yard stick, measuring tape)
  • Sewing Machine
  • Fabric Scissors
  • Your choice of stuffing – I used Polyfill

Simple Outdoor Cushions

The canvas drop cloth has a seamed edge around it that I cut off and saved.  We will be using this for our tie strings.  They do string and run some, but it added a shabby feel to the cushions which I liked.  You could sew clean tie strings or use ribbon, rope, or twine if you don’t like the shabby fringe look.

Simple Outdoor Cushions

Next, I measured my chairs for my cushion dimensions.  I added 3″ to each measurement for room for stuffing.  For example, my bottom cushion on my chairs was 19″X21″ so I cut my tissue paper pattern out at 22″X24″.  I created patterns with tissue paper and tape since I had several chairs to do.  If your tissue paper is wrinkly you can iron it so you have a clean flat pattern.  Then I pinned and cut out two pieces of canvas for each cushion.

Simple Outdoor Cushions

After I cut out the fabric, I pinned the fabric together for sewing and pinned in place two 8″ pieces of the tie pieces we cut out earlier on each of the back sides of the bottom cushions.  I created loops for my top cushions since my chairs have a top piece that sticks out for a loop to go around (see below).

String Locations

Simple Outdoor Cushions

Then I sewed around the edge leaving a small opening at the back of the cushions and then flipped them right side out.

Simple Outdoor Cushions

Then stuff!  I actually wish I would have stuffed mine more, but I was too lazy to run to the store for more stuffing so I had to ration what I had between the cushions.  Then finish your cushions by sewing up the stuffing opening.  Fold the rough edges in (pin if you want) and top sew the opening.

That’s it for the cushions!  Now onto the Bandanna Pillows.

Bandanna Toss Pillow Tutorial

Here’s what I did:

  1. Buy two bandannas
  2. Sew around the dotted line leaving an opening at the bottom
  3. Stuff
  4. Sew up the opening

You’ll notice I didn’t turn the pillow inside or right side out before I stuffed.  This is because I wanted to have a “ruffle” on my pillows so I utilized the bandannas already finished edges to create this edging on the pillows.  You can also sew along the edge and then flip them right side out before stuffing to have a clean edge.

Wham Bam and your done!  This is how mine turned out. . .

Simple Outdoor Cushions

Simple Outdoor Cushions

Simple Outdoor Cushions

Simple Outdoor Cushions

So simple and inexpensive and it made such a huge difference on my front porch.  Here is the before and after post of my front porch revamp.

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5 Simple Steps to Refresh the Front Porch

Hello!  Thanks checking out my front porch makeover.  Join me on Facebook and Pinterest to keep up with my latest projects!

Front Porch Refresh

My front porch has been a project that I have wanted to tackle for quite a while.  It was easy to ignore through the winter, and I knew that part of the transformation I wanted to do was paint my doors a new color.  Trying to decide which color to paint was a huge can of worms that I couldn’t quite get a handle on.  Red was at the top of the list because it went well with the fresh exterior house color, and it is very flexible through the seasons.  However, there were so many other colors that I LOVED too, and I just couldn’t make a decision.  Sooooo, I completely ignored my front porch. . . no decorations, no cushions, just walked by and didn’t pay attention to it at all.

Front Porch Refres

This is what I looked at for months, and this was actually after I had started to plant the flowers in spring and hung that sad wreath on the door.  Pretty blah huh!  The doors had a fresh and clean coat of white paint from the whole house paint project, but because of the location of the doors (kind of in a corner) the white didn’t make the doors stand out at all.  There was no WOW, and it was not very welcoming either.  On top of that my old chair cushions were in desperate need of retirement, but my indecisiveness was plaguing me on those as well.

Finally summer came, and I couldn’t ignore the front porch anymore!

Front Porch RefreshThe things I did for my front porch transformation were all very simple projects with big results.  This is the list of projects I completed for the makeover:

1.  Paint the front doors.  I FINALLY decided on Sherwin Williams Salute Exterior paint with a brown glaze over the top.  I really wanted a bright color that made the entry stand out and scream “This is the Entry,” since it isn’t very obvious because of the layout of the house.  I also wanted a color that would allow me to easily transition through the seasons and holidays.

Front Porch Refresh2.  Add color and texture with wreaths.  I made these canvas and burlap wreaths for the front doors.  You can check out the tutorial here.

Front Porch Makeover3.  New chair cushions!  I decided to make new cushions for my chairs.  I wanted something inexpensive so I wouldn’t feel bad leaving them out all year and something that would again be very easy to transition through seasons.  Check out the tutorial for making these here.

Front Porch Refresh4.  Add some splashes of color with these cute toss pillows.  These adorable toss pillows are made out of bandannas.  So cute, so easy, and so inexpensive.  Here’s the tutorial.

Front Porch Refresh5.  Flowers, Furniture, and Decor.  Planting flowers is always a great way to add curb appeal to your home, as well as adding a few accessories.

Front Porch RefreshTa-dah!!!  I’m so excited to have a fresh, bright, and welcoming front porch.

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Denim and Canvas Wreath

Denim & Canvas WreathLately I’ve been seeing a lot of barn wood and chippy shabby chic shutter type background pieces with cute wreaths, banners, or pictures hung on them.  Last week I decided to create this barn wood background display piece which turned out adorable – DIY blog post for this piece coming soon.  Today I decided to create a wreath with some country flair to display on my new barn wood background.  This wreath has a lot of texture and dimension using denim and canvas strips.  It was a pretty straight forward and simple project, and only took me about an hour.  Here’s the how to. . . .

Denim & Canvas WreathWhat you will need:

  • Denim Fabric (I used about a 1/2 yard)
  • Canvas Fabric (I purchased a 9’X12′ canvas drop cloth for painting)
  • 14″ Styrofoam wreath (This project would be very easy to update for any size wreath you would like)
  • Hot Glue Gun
  • Fabric Scissors
  • Ribbon or Twine

Denim & Canvas WreathFirst you will need to cut your strips of fabric.  I cut a couple dozen of each up front, and then cut more as I needed them.  How many you need is going to depend on how tightly you bunch them together.  For this wreath I cut the strips about 2″ wide by about 12″ long.  This left only enough fabric to do a single knot which is why I used the glue gun to secure the knots in place.  I have cut longer pieces in the past closer to 24″ long, so that I had enough fabric to double knot.   You might cut a couple pieces of each length to see which length you prefer the look of.  The longer double knotted wreath was definitely a quicker process because it didn’t require hot gluing each piece, but the knots were more noticeable.

Denim & Canvas WreathNext, begin tying your strips of fabric around your wreath.  I switched off between the denim and canvas.  Like I said above, since I only single knotted my strips I added a dab of hot glue to the knot to secure it in place.

Denim & Canvas WreathTo create the really full shabby look, go back after you have tied a few strips of fabric and use your scissors to cut about 1″-2″ up the tails of your scrap fabric 3-4 times on each side of the knot.  Then continue this process until the wreath is completely covered.

Denim & Canvas WreathThis project has lots of additions or alterations that could be made to make any number of adorable wreaths.  You could hot glue some fabric flowers around it to add a splash of color, or you could use any other color fabric on the wreath itself.  Be creative, and enjoy this super fun and simple project!

Denim & Canvas WreathIf you are short on time or not feeling up to making this wreath or the barn wood background display, I have both items listed for sale on my Etsy shop here.

Denim & Canvas Wreath

Denim & Canvas WreathI would love to see photos of your finished wreaths!

I would also love if you would pin and share this with your friends!

Thanks so much.

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Christmas Ornament Tutorial

Shabby Chic Ornament Tutorial

This year I have felt very behind for Christmas.  For instance, it is now the 20th and I have not purchased a single Christmas present yet.  I guess that is one New Year’s Resolution that I dropped the ball on since I wanted to have all of my Christmas shopping done by Thanksgiving. . . Oops.  Next year, right!?!  Oh well, instead of shopping, I’ve been sewing.

Our main Christmas tree every year is what I like to call the fun one.  It is the one with the colorful lights, colorful ribbon, and ALL the different ornaments that I have collected throughout my life.  My mom has and still gets me a new Christmas ornament every year, and I started the same tradition with my husband when we started dating almost 11 years ago.  Some years the ornaments represent a specific memory or event in our lives, and sometimes they are just fun.  This tree ends up being very eclectic, but it is always the favorite.

I have seen a lot of shabby chic fabric ornaments around, and this year I decided to make some for myself.  Yes, I made quite a few, so it will be difficult to decide which one is going to be the special ornament for this year.
Christmas Ornament

Let’s get started!  You will need:

  • Scrap Fabric of your choice (I had some small remnants of Christmas fabric that I used)
  • Paper print outs of the shapes you would like to make – I used Power Point and created the tree and star by using the insert shape function.  The gingerbread man and heart I had cookie cutters that I traced, but I’m sure you can find just a silhouette online. Please let me know if you are having trouble finding the shapes and I can upload them to the post.  My ornaments all measure about 4″-5″.
  • Polyester fill
  • Sewing supplies (sewing machine, pins, scissors, thread, etc)
  • Ribbon or Jute Twine
  • Embellishments – buttons, ribbon, lace, etc
  • Hot glue gun

Christmas Ornament

First, trace and cut out your paper shapes.  I cut them out on plain printer paper for time sake, but tissue paper is more pliable with the fabric when cutting out. Then pin your paper shapes to the fabric and cut out.  You will want two pieces for each ornament.  I folded the fabric over, and cut the two pieces out at one time.

Christmas Ornament

I left rough edges on my ornaments, so I placed the ornaments with the ugly sides facing in and the pretty sides facing out.
Christmas Ornament

Next, sew around the edge of your ornament leaving a small opening not sewn so that you can add the stuffing.  On the heart I left the opening on one of the straight sides, the gingerbread between his legs, the tree along one of the straight sides, and the star between two of the points of the star.  At the top of each ornament I added a loop of jute twine between the pieces of fabric as I was sewing for hanging on the tree.  You could also pin this in before you start sewing if it is easier.  I found on the tree shaped ornaments that sewing the loop to the back of one of the pieces of fabric before sewing it together was much easier than trying to get it even at the top of the tree.

Christmas Ornament

Next, stuff a small amount of polyester fill (or scrap fabric) in your opening.  I used a pen to get the fill into the smaller areas of the ornaments like the gingerbread man’s hands and feet.  You don’t need very much because if you overfill the ornaments the seams start to pucker.

Christmas Ornament

After you add the fill, sew the opening closed.
Christmas Ornament

Last, add embellishments to your ornaments like ribbon, buttons, twine, lace, etc.  I used my hot glue gun to add the embellishments.  Be creative, and have fun!

Christmas Ornament

Christmas Ornament

Christmas Ornament

Christmas Ornament

Christmas Ornament

Christmas Ornament

This is one of my favorites and is definitely at the top of my list for being the special ornament for this year!  I would love to hear some of your traditions, and of course see pics of your finished ornaments.

I would also love if you would pin and share this with your friends!

Thanks so much.

~Andrea~

Shabby Chic Ruffled Stockings

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As I was planning my mantle for this Christmas season, I knew I wanted to create some rustic shabby chic stockings to go with the other decorations I was planning.  So I started rummaging through my fabric and came up with a design for these.

Collage

The body of the stocking is made from a canvas paint cloth, and the ruffles are scrap fabric that I had leftover from other projects.

 

Complete 1You will need:

  • Canvas paint cloth or burlap (or any other fabric that you would like to use) – The stocking measures 19″ X 11″ and you will need to cut it out twice for one stocking.
  • Fabric of your choice for the ruffle – I started with a strip of fabric about 4-5″ in height and about 58″ in length.
  • String, ribbon, or fabric for the hanging loop
  • Sewing machine
  • Fabric scissors
  • Pins

Complete 2You can print out the pattern I created (StockingPattern), or if you have a stocking that you like the size and shape of you can trace that.  Sorry for the very rough pattern, this is my original hand drawn pattern.  I will work on getting it updated, but I wanted to give you something today.

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Double the fabric and pin your pattern or trace your stocking and cut out the fabric so you have two pieces of the same stocking shape.

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Hem the top of each piece of your stocking.  I prefer to do this before I sew the two pieces of the stocking together, but you could do it after the next step as well.  Be sure if you hem them before you sew them together that your hems go the opposite direction.  I found it was easiest to lay them together and have the hems coming out towards me on each side.

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Pin and sew your two sides of your stocking together with the right/pretty sides facing in and wrong sides facing out.  If you hemmed before this step you want your hems facing out.  If you waited to hem after this step, then you can hem the top now.

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Flip your stocking right side out.  I find it easiest to run my finger or a closed pen along the seam to get it pushed out.

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Now cut out your ruffle fabric to be about 4-5″ in height and about 58″ in length.  I just cut as straight as possible down the side of my fabric.  If you fabric isn’t quite long enough you can cut out two pieces and sew them together.

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Hem each side of your ruffle fabric (all four sides).  I left the ends of my ruffle fabric rough on one of my stockings, but I felt like the ones that I hemmed looked better.  I did not sew the two ends of the ruffle fabric together to make a circle because I wanted to have some flexibility with the length if it was a little long.

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Next is ruffling.  There are several ways to ruffle fabric.  You can use a ruffler foot on your sewing machine, you can set your sewing machine on a long step length and then pull the thread on each end of your fabric to ruffle, you can hand ruffle with a needle and thread, or you can hand ruffle with your sewing machine.  I like the last option the best.  As I sew I bunch/fold the fabric just before it goes under my sewing machine foot.  This worked perfect for this project because I wanted to have some fabric ruffled above the top of my stocking and I wanted to have a ruffle skirt below the top of my stocking.  I decided how much I wanted to have on each side (about an inch on top and the rest on the bottom) and then placed the fabric at that point as it went under my sewing machine foot.  Then I just used my hands to bunch from both sides just as it was going under the foot.  It is a little slow going, but this is my preferred way of ruffling.

Before I did these stockings, I measured the length around the top of my stockings which was 18″.  I laid out my sewing tape to 18″ so I had a visual of how long I needed it to be and I adjusted my ruffle as I went (ruffle more if it was looking too long, ruffle less if it was looking too short).  It doesn’t have to be perfect, but too long is way better than too short. If it comes out a little long you can overlap the ruffle or ruffle a little more as you are attaching it to the stocking.  In fact, I felt it looked better to have 1/2″ to 1″ of overlap.  I have been ruffling like this for years, so I am not saying this is the easiest way, but it is the easiest way for me.  No changing of the sewing machine foot, no cursing when your thread breaks if you are trying to pull the ruffle, and no stabbing myself  with a needle when I hand sew (one of the many reasons I don’t like to hand sew).

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This is what you will end up with once ruffled.

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Then pin your ruffle to the top of your stocking and carefully sew along your already sewn ruffle line.  As I was pinning I lined my sewn ruffle line up just below my hemline on the top of the stocking.

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Last, sew your ribbon, twine, or fabric to the top edge of your stocking at the desired length you would like it.  Be careful because with all that ruffle it is easy to get it folded over when sewing this piece on.

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Another option with these stockings would be to paint/write names or holiday words on them to further personalize them.  I decided to leave them simple, but there are always options to spruce them up some more in the future.

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I love how these stockings turned out, and I can’t wait to see all your stocking creations!

Please let me know if you have any questions.

I would love if you would pin and share this with your friends!

Thanks so much.

~Andrea~