Sunday, October 27, 2013

Reinventing the Stocking (A No-Sew Canvas Project)

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The holidays are coming! This reinvented stocking idea could be used for Christmas, Hanukkah, Valentine's Day or any other gift-giving event. Here's the skinny...

STEP 1: GATHER THE SUPPLIES 

14x14 canvas pillow cover
5x7 canvas rectangle
craft paint
17" metal or wood rod/dowel
fabric adhesive
jute twine




STEP 2: STENCILING

I ended up using the following 3 paints:

"white wash" Americana acrylic paint by DecoArt
"deep waterfall blue" patio paint by DecoArt
"ice crystal" glamour dust glitter paint by DecoArt


I mixed equal parts of all 3 paints.


I placed the stencil on the canvas rectangle.


I used the stencil brush to stencil the snowflake shape.


It ended up looking like this...


Then I washed off the stencil and brush before the paint dried. One of the best things about Cutting Edge Stencils is that their stencils are high quality and reusable! Love that!


STEP 3: CREATE ROD POCKET

While the stenciled snowflake was drying, I attached the hanging rod by creating a rod pocket. Start by flipping the pillow cover over so that the insert flap is open to the top forming a pocket (see photo below). Place the rod under the top of the pillow cover about 1-1.5 inches from the top.



Grab the rod and the top of the pillow cover with both hands and flip everything over so that you see the top of the pillow case and the rod. Note: I used a metal rod, because that is what I had on hand. You could easily use a wooden dowel, a stick, or a scrap piece of thin wood.



Grab your fabric adhesive. Apply generously along the edge of the pillow case. Fold the edge over the rod and press the fabric together. Give it adequate time to dry per instructions on the bottle. 

OPTION: Instead of using adhesive, you could also sew a stitch across the top.



STEP 4: ATTACH STENCIL

After the stencil and the rod pocket adhesive are dry, center the stencil canvas rectangle on the pocket created by the pillow cover. Use the fabric adhesive to attach. Allow adhesive to dry.

OPTION: Instead of adhesive, you could use a needle and thread to place a few stitches at the corners of the rectangle.



STEP 5: PREPARE TO HANG

Cut a length of twine. Tie a quick knot around the rod next to the fabric and use the remaining twine at that end to wrap the rod. Repeat on the other side.



STEP 6: HANG & ACCESSORIZE

Here is what it looked like when finished. You might want to iron, but I avoid that task at all cost. :)


Add a few gifts...




If you are interested in making one or more of these on your own, you can get everything you need from my MystiKit! Check it out!







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4 comments:

  1. That's really a cute idea and fun for those that don't sew! xo Diana

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  2. Oh I love this idea, since all of my family is mainly adults, this would be perfect. Love, love, love your driftwood angel. I would love for you to link up to my Inspire Me party that will be live tomorrow at 2:30 PT. www.astrollthrulife.net Hope to see you there. Hugs, Marty

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  3. there is a blog, cottage in the woods, that has your Whisperwood Cottage photos on it. Don't know if you were aware of this?

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  4. What a sweet and simple project! It is perfect for the holidays! Or for the closet or the office. Maybe for the dorm room too! I think I'll try a couple. Have a lovely time over the holidays!
    Hugs,
    Sherry

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