Quilted Burlap Christmas Stocking

This is our first Christmas in our new house, and I decided to make new Christmas stockings for the fireplace mantle.  I love the rustic look of a burlap stocking, but wanted to soften it up a bit, which is why I decided to add a quilted cuff with a lace trim.


I found the best tutorial for making a lined stocking with a cuff on the Cluck Cluck Sew website. McCall’s has a free stocking pattern (with instructions) online, but as I don’t have a printer at home, I used last year’s Christmas stocking as the pattern and cut 5/8″ larger than the stocking’s edge.


Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Fabric for the outside of the stocking – I used burlap
  • Fabric for the lining of the stocking – I used linen leftover from another project
  • Fabric for the cuff – I used the Diamond Double Faced Quilt Fabric
  • Fabric for the hanging tab – I actually used twine, but you could use the burlap and sew a tab
  • Lace (optional)


  • As mentioned, the best tutorial was on the Cluck Cluck Sew website. The only change I made was to add a piece of lace to the bottom of the cuff. I added the lace before I sewed the raw edges of the cuff together.


I hope you have a Happy Thanksgiving and enjoy decorating for the upcoming Christmas season!

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DIY Wedding Signs

Marie Kochert & Bryce Niekamp Wedding

I got married a couple months ago, and my husband and I made a lot of the decorations for our outdoor, DIY, rustic themed wedding. Thanks hubs! 🙂 Most of our projects were pretty easy, and I thought I’d share a few of the things we made, beginning with the wedding signs.


Before we started making the signs, we walked the wedding venue and decided what signs we needed – Parking or Ceremony or Photobooth or Dancing. This also helped us decide what size each sign should be (the Parking sign by the road needed to be large so it was easy to see, while the Ceremony sign could be smaller). I had seen an adorable use of Mr. & Mrs. signs on the back of the bride and grooms chairs and knew I wanted to do that too.

Marie Kochert & Bryce Niekamp Wedding

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Wood  – the size and shape are up to you
  • Paint – the color is also up to you
  • Lettering – I used the Vladimir Script font
  • Carbon paper
  • Pen
  • Paint brushes of assorted brush sizes – I used a tiny/small brush size the most often
  • Sealer or lacquer


  • I followed the instructions on My Pink Life’s blog, with the exception of Step #3 & #4. I liked the natural color of most of the wood I used, so I didn’t prime or paint it. For the Mr. & Mrs. signs, as this was new wood, I actually wanted it darker, so I applied a dark walnut wood finish.IMG_5073[1]

If you are interested in seeing the photos from our wedding and/or the inspiration for the wedding decor, please check out my Facebook album and/or my Pinterest board.

Autumnal Door Arrangement

Hello again! It’s been over a year since I have made a post! Life got a bit busy. I started a new job, then got engaged/married, and bought a house…all in the same year! Now that life has slowed down, I have more time for crafting…and blogging. Yea!


Last week, inspired by Martha Stewart’s Autumnal Door Arrangements, my friend and I made our own versions of the seasonal door decorations. Only a few materials are needed, and you may find that you already have most of what’s needed. Unfortunately, the caning was impossible to find! I substituted burlap, which turned out amazing and was probably way cheaper! I decided to use fresh flowers instead of dried or artificial silk and got the Autumnal flora from a variety of places – JoAnn’s, the grocery store, even my own backyard.


  • Floral wire or floral tape
  • Caning or burlap
  • Scissors
  • String
  • Decorative ribbon
  • Wire
  • Autumnal flora arrangement (dried or fresh)

If you found caning and will use that instead of burlap, follow Martha’s instructions. However, if you will be using burlap as I did, you’ll want to follow these steps.


Step 1

  • Bind the stems of foliage, twigs, and flower bouquets using floral wire or floral tape.

Step 2

  • If using fresh flowers, wrap ends of stems with a damp paper towel or newspaper and secure a small plastic bag over the towel/paper with the floral wire.

Step 3

  • Position burlap as a diamond, and wrap the sides around, enclosing the bouquet. To secure, tie a piece of string around.

Step 4

  • Wrap with a decorative ribbon (I used a brown ribbon I saved from Pottery Barn), tying it in back for a tailored look. Run a wire through the back to hang.

Happy Fall!!!  

I also made an arrangement that didn’t hang on the door. Instead I used a plate stand to prop it up. Worked perfectly!