Dec 19, 2014

Repurposed Chicken Feed Bag Christmas Stockings

Today I am sharing my DIY repurposed feed bag chicken Christmas stocking tutorial so you can make them yourself and I can stop selling them in my online store and focus more on cookie baking next year!
Three years ago, I shared a variety of ways I repurpose my vast chicken feed bag collection from chicken coop artwork to tote bags, shipping envelopes to Christmas stockings and beyond. Today I am sharing my DIY repurposed feed bag chicken Christmas stocking tutorial so you can make them yourself and I can stop selling them in my online store and focus more on cookie baking next year!
Today I am sharing my DIY repurposed feed bag chicken Christmas stocking tutorial so you can make them yourself and I can stop selling them in my online store and focus more on cookie baking next year!
The stash!
Today I am sharing my DIY repurposed feed bag chicken Christmas stocking tutorial so you can make them yourself and I can stop selling them in my online store and focus more on cookie baking next year!
These feed bag stockings are super resilient, in fact, most of the stockings I made for the coop in 2011 are still in use today. I sew my feed bag stockings, but there is no reason they cannot be stapled shut if sewing happens not to be in your skill set.
Christmas 2011
Today I am sharing my DIY repurposed feed bag chicken Christmas stocking tutorial so you can make them yourself and I can stop selling them in my online store and focus more on cookie baking next year!
Christmas 2012
Today I am sharing my DIY repurposed feed bag chicken Christmas stocking tutorial so you can make them yourself and I can stop selling them in my online store and focus more on cookie baking next year!
Christmas 2013
Today I am sharing my DIY repurposed feed bag chicken Christmas stocking tutorial so you can make them yourself and I can stop selling them in my online store and focus more on cookie baking next year!
Christmas 2014
Today I am sharing my DIY repurposed feed bag chicken Christmas stocking tutorial so you can make them yourself and I can stop selling them in my online store and focus more on cookie baking next year!
MAKE THE TEMPLATE
To ensure uniformity, it's helpful to use a stocking template. I don't recall which paper template I used three years ago, but you're welcome to print the one below. 
Today I am sharing my DIY repurposed feed bag chicken Christmas stocking tutorial so you can make them yourself and I can stop selling them in my online store and focus more on cookie baking next year!
My stockings are 19" long by 10" wide and my template was on an 8.5" x 11" paper, so to enlarge it, I pinned it on top of a feed bag that had the top and bottom seams cut off. 
I measured 3 inches out from the edge of the stocking & marked a dot with a permanent marker & continued these measured markings all the way around the stocking at regular intervals. 
I then connected the dots and cut out the feed bag along that line. Un-pin and discard the paper template and the first feed bag becomes the permanent template. 
Pin the front and back halves of the stocking together and sew (or staple) the perimeter closed. 
Prefer a functional stocking? Leave the top edge of the stocking open & maybe Santa will fill it.
Today I am sharing my DIY repurposed feed bag chicken Christmas stocking tutorial so you can make them yourself and I can stop selling them in my online store and focus more on cookie baking next year!
My permanent feed bag stocking template:
Today I am sharing my DIY repurposed feed bag chicken Christmas stocking tutorial so you can make them yourself and I can stop selling them in my online store and focus more on cookie baking next year!
Place permanent template on top of a feed bag and trace around with a permanent marker, pin inside the stocking outline, cut out stocking and sew closed. 
Place permanent template on top of a feed bag and trace around with a permanent marker, pin inside the stocking outline, cut out stocking and sew closed.
Pinned stocking ready to sew!
Place permanent template on top of a feed bag and trace around with a permanent marker, pin inside the stocking outline, cut out stocking and sew closed.
I use a nail or heavy duty stapler to secure the feed bag stockings to the coop or run. 
The Quality Control supervisor. 
Place permanent template on top of a feed bag and trace around with a permanent marker, pin inside the stocking outline, cut out stocking and sew closed.
Today I am sharing my DIY repurposed feed bag chicken Christmas stocking tutorial so you can make them yourself and I can stop selling them in my online store and focus more on cookie baking next year!
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28 comments :

  1. Very colorful stockings and large enough to fill with lots of goodies for the girls.

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  2. P.l. Forgash12/19/14, 2:15 PM

    Three years ago??? O-o has it really been that long? That is at least three years of awesomeness from you! Thank you Kathy!

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  3. Oh that basket is wonderful! I'd love to win it! :)

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  4. Jonathan Sarver12/19/14, 2:18 PM

    My little girl would love to have a basket like that to pick up her eggs. She loves her hens and love to go pick the eggs

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  5. Megan Krauth12/19/14, 2:19 PM

    What a cute idea! I was wanting to do something festive for my girls!

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  6. This would be great, so afraid our ice cream bucket handle is going to give way one night.

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  7. love the idea, thanks for the template

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  8. Adorable! I need to make these for next year!

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  9. Janet Hilton12/19/14, 2:30 PM

    That is one fantastic, crazy awesome idea!!!!!!!

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  10. Barbara Bogan Bealer12/19/14, 2:40 PM

    What a nifty egg basket! Thanks for the stocking tutorial also.

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  11. Cheryl Prehn12/19/14, 2:44 PM

    Would love to have a basket to carry eggs in, instead of my pocket!

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  12. BearCreekFarm12/19/14, 2:47 PM

    I've been making tote bags out of my old feed bags. So happy to find a new project- never a shortage of empty feed bags around here!

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  13. Hey CC my progress is slow on my new coup not because of weather
    (67º drizzle)
    its because of the boxes should they be open top, partial open top and sides, and I guess its my choice but I want the birdies to be happy.
    BTW probably why I live alone... any way hope all is good at chicken shack wave out to all your chicken followers....happy holidays :)

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  14. Love the stocking idea!!! Enter me in the giveaway.

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  15. I love the stockings and the basket

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  16. Maria Campbell12/19/14, 2:58 PM

    I think Cluck and the ladies would riot if I brought out an **empty** feed bag. How insulting, they would say, Where are our treats? In SC, the only kind of feed I can find is in heavy paper bags but these are really pretty and colorful. Thank you for yet another giveaway. I already subscribe to your blog via email

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  17. Shirley Benson12/19/14, 2:59 PM

    maybe one day I will win something from here. How do you choose a winner from comments and posts left here?

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  18. Barbara Sherman12/19/14, 3:01 PM

    Beautiful basket, thank you for a chance!

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  19. Your coops look so festive!

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  20. Dana Matthews12/19/14, 3:02 PM

    I love it! Subscribed...and learning something new everyday!

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  21. Megan Korkowski Nicholas12/19/14, 3:04 PM

    Love it!

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  22. Norma Swartz12/19/14, 3:07 PM

    What a cute basket! Neat repurpose idea!

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  23. Beautiful basket!

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  24. Angela Nelson-Patterson12/19/14, 3:15 PM

    Just darn cute!

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  25. I may have to make at least one stocking for the kids.... and I hope I win the basket...that would be awesome to fetch eggs with.

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  26. Ginny Tata-Phillips12/19/14, 3:17 PM

    We would love an egg basket for Chickmas!

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