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Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Personalized Burlap Stockings


Well the Christmas season has arrived in Italy! We brought a little of it with us, and I am excited to spend a few of them here in this beautiful country. :)

I made our family theses burlap stockings a couple years ago, and I have loved them, but they've been really generic without our names on them because I wasn't exactly sure what to do on the burlap. It's difficult to paint and keep in the lines and looking tidy/professional.

This year, I ventured into the world of the Silhouette Cameo, and I am smitten!

My only problem was finding a material that would iron-on well to the jute webbing/burlap that I have around the cuff...

Until I was browsing the HappyCrafters.com website and found this awesome stuff and decided to give it a try!

It's called "Flock" iron-on vinyl. I took a pic of it close up, so you can kind of see the texture. It's really velvety and smooth. I did a test run on a piece of the jute webbing, and it worked like a charm! I can't tell you how excited I was to find something that worked AND matched perfectly! 

 My stockings were inspired by these Ballard Designs stockings.

I looked for a link to their stockings, but again, this was two years ago, so they no longer sell this exact style.

But since we have 4 girls in our house, I knew the plain tan wasn't going to cut the cheese. So I had to girly them up a bit. You can visit my tutorial here on how to make pleats. I think they turned out almost perfect. ;)

My only word of caution with the red burlap (since I've also used it to cover ornaments for our Christmas tree) is that it fades to almost an orange color if left in direct sunlight. I keep my stockings away from windows, and they've kept their original deep color for 2.5 Christmas seasons. :)

It's strange to not have a mantle this year. I guess that's a sacrifice I'm willing to make to live in Tuscany. ;)

I was able to fit all 6 family members and the dog on one 12x15 sheet of flock vinyl. An excellent $5.25 investment if I might say!



DISCLAIMER: I received product and compensation from HappyCrafters.com for this post. The opinions, ideas, and tutorials are my own.