So... the other day I took Bailey the Basset to get his photo made with Santa at the mall. I was expecting there to be a line, so I asked my friend Misty to come with me. Well, no line. In fact, we walked right up to Santa. There was a spot next to Santa on his chair for dogs, and after Bailey thoroughly inspected Santa's set (as Bassets are prone to do), I squatted down to lift my 60 pound dog onto the chair. As I did so, I heard the unmistakable sound of the seat of my jeans ripping! I remained calm and while trying to get Bailey to look cute as the photographer clicked away, I worked out a plan. Even though it was 70 degrees out, Misty (thankfully) wore a jacket. Since my bag was next to her, I asked her to bring it over and then I told her what happened and to give me that jacket to wear around my waist. I haven't laughed that hard in a while! Seriously, epically funny. You could say that Misty saved my ass!
I am sad about the loss of my jeans. I am only 5'2, and it's very difficult to find jeans that fit in the length. These jeans were perfect. I could wear any shoes with them and they were never too long. Plus, they fit great. I literally wore them to death. Here they are, in all their booty-ripped glory:
Let's just all be grateful I don't wear thongs! A tore up pair of jeans was worth it to get this shot of Bailey with Santa:
Seriously - epic cuteness!
I decided that since my jeans were wasted, I might as well make them useful. I decided to cut them up and use them to make stockings. I had some extra red burlap and black and white houndstooth. I grabbed Bailey's stocking and cut around it onto the fabric. They aren't perfect, but I am not a perfect sewer. Still, they're cool in a "we were made from ripped jeans and fabric scraps" kinda way.
This is the first one I did. I originally wanted the whole stocking to be all jean, but that didn't work out so I sewed two pieces of burlap together and sewed the jean piece on top with a zigzag stitch. I didn't think this through and sewed the jean part on after I had sewn the two pieces of burlap together, so now you can't access the toe. Duh. I worked that out later.
The last one I made I really like, although I wish it had a more pronounced toe. That's what happens when you are just winging it and not trying too hard. I put the pocket upside down on purpose just because, and the back is houndstooth. I first sewed the jean and houndstooth with right sides together and then turned it right side out. With a scrap piece of fabric, I sewed a cuff, put it inside the stocking with the raw edge of the cuff lined up with the raw top edge of the stocking. Between the cuff and the back piece I stuck a looped piece of burlap (facing down). I sewed around the top of the stocking and then folded the cuff out. Voila! (Just follow this tutorial - it's basically what I did without the precision :)
And one more time, for emphasis:
I've been on a stocking kick lately, and once I finish the other ones I have sewed - they need a little embellishment - I'll share. Anybody need a stocking?
Does anyone else get on kicks where you either learn how to do something - or are trying to teach yourself - and so you make a million and one of the same thing, even though you only need one? I have a drawer full of tote bags and drawstring bags that I don't need! Now I have lots of stockings. I guess we're having a homemade Christmas after all.
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