Finally, a project that did not take me a week (and longer)
to complete - so I thought it would be safe to suggest to
other people that they try it if they find
stocking potatoes as funny as I do.
You will need
- Nylon stockings/pantyhose (old/laddered is great)
- Needle and light-colored thread.
Cut a length of the stocking so that it is a tube. The length doesn't matter - obviously the longer it is, the bigger the potato will be.
- Cut a length of thread (at least a yard and a half), double it through the needle and knot the end.
- Sew a coarse running stitch about a quarter inch from the top opening of the tube.
Secure the closure by winding the thread around the puckered lump a couple times and then tying a knot, or sewing a few small stitches through the puckered lump.
Turn the tube inside out and poke the needle through the puckered lump to the outside, a distance away from the secured opening, as shown. This is so the thread is in position for the first "eye".
To make the eye, sew a single stitch (mine was about 3mm in length) as shown, with the needle emerging roughly where the thread originated.
(Note: the other end of the potato is gaping open with stuffing spilling out but we'll come to that later).
- Pull the thread through and re-insert the needle roughly where you poked the potato in step 7.
- Poke the needle out a distance away from this stitch, so it is in position for the second eye.
- Repeat Steps 7, 8 and 9 to make as many eyes as you want.
- When you
get boredare done, knot the thread to secure the last dimple and poke the needle out about a quarter inch from the open edge of the potato. You are now ready to sew up the open edge.
Sew the coarse running stitch that you did in Step 2 and pull the thread tight to close the opening.
Secure the closure by sewing a few stitches through the puckered layers, knot the thread and pull the needle back through the potato and out again to end. Cut the extra thread off.