There are so many cool sewing projects you can do around Christmastime! Make your own tree skirt, create a beautiful table runner with matching place mats, or sew scarves, winter wraps and other gifts. The problem with wanting to sew a lot of things for Christmas is that you have to spend so much money on fabric, notions and embellishments.
Wouldn't it be nice to do a sewing project where you don't have to spend a lot of money but yet produce something fabulous? How about a Christmas stocking project? You can easily sew a mesh stocking without even having to go buy the material!
Have you ever seen how sturdy a mesh onion bag is? If it can hold five pounds of onions it can certainly hold a stocking full of candy! The simple mesh onion bag is perfect for creating a cheap stocking that will thrill any youngster!
Carefully cut open the mesh bag so that you can remove the onions without damaging the mesh. You'll need two layers of mesh to make the onion bag stocking. Use a stocking you already have as a pattern, draw one freehand, or go online and download a template. Cut out two stocking shapes from the mesh.
Many onion bags are already made of red mesh, but if yours isn't, you can easily spray paint it. Paint both pieces, on each side, and allow the paint to dry thoroughly before sewing. It's easier to cut the stocking shapes and then paint them than it is to try to paint all areas of the bag, inside and out.
It's impossible to pin the onion bag mesh, and impossible to sew it, unless you use some binding. Use strips of felt, hemming tape, cloth ribbon or a similar material as the binding for the stocking. First, cut a piece of the binding that's long enough to go across the top of one stocking shape. Stitch it on by first overlapping the edge of the stocking with it. Do the same to the opposite stocking shape.
Cut a long piece of binding and use it to cover the edges of the stocking. Place the stocking shapes together and stitch the binding on them. Overlap the edge with the binding and sew down one side of the stocking, across the foot, then back up to the top. The binding also serves as a decorative accent to the stocking when you use red binding, white, or even red and white striped material.
Cut a small piece of the binding to use as a hanger. Fold the piece in half then sew the ends onto the stocking. The Christmas stocking is now finished but you can add other embellishments or accents if you want. Some such embellishments include a shape cut from felt and glued to the front of the stocking, a couple of craft candy canes, cris-crossed on the stocking, or even fake fur across the top. Fill it up and hang it; the recipient is going to love it!
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