There has been so much going on lately. Work has been super busy and my husband has been hard at work on the bathroom renovation. In spite of all the craziness I was determined to get some Christmas decorating done in time for us to enjoy it for a while. Even though we didn’t end up getting a full size Christmas tree this year I did manage to flock an adorable little tree, decorate the mantle and finish this year’s DIY Christmas stockings.
I had all these visions that I wanted to get really funky and modern this year with some bright colors. But true to character, I changed my mind. I’ve been loving all the plaid I’ve been seeing lately and out of nowhere as I was driving home one night I remembered this old plaid tablecloth that I bought years ago and had packed away in the basement. I mean, like ten years ago. Then I panicked because I thought surely I had gotten rid of it by now. There was no way it was still down there. I couldn’t wait to get home. Luckily it was right where I thought it was which meant I wouldn’t have to buy the fabric. And it was just like I remembered. Perfect for this year’s Christmas stockings.
I made these stocking the same way I made last year’s. Sadly, my sewing skills haven’t improved much since then. That’s the great thing about these stockings. They’re really easy, even if you are TERRIBLE at sewing, like me.
I used an old stocking and a sharpie to trace the shape. Since I wanted to save some of the plaid fabric to use somewhere else I used some basic white fabric for the backs. After I traced each one I placed them back to back and pinned them together, just like you would do if you were making a basic pillow.
Then I sewed a simple stitch all the way around except for a couple of inches at the top on either side. I thought a glass of wine might help my sewing skills. It definitely couldn’t hurt.
To get a seam on the top I just folded in the fabric, ironed it to get a good clean line, then used my hot glue gun to attach each loose edge to the inside.
I went really simple with the tabs that would hang the stockings. You won’t really see them anyway. I cut four pieces of fabric that were about 5″ x 1″ strips. Then, I attached them, end to end with a little hot glue so that each one formed a loop. Then I attached each one to the inside of each stocking with a little more hot glue.
Finally, I found some yummy faux fur at Hancock Fabrics. It is so soft and super easy to work with. I just cut four pieces that were about 5″ x 11″ and hot glued them to the front of each stocking, wrapping the sides around the edges.
I finally got around to hanging my horse picture and I love how it looks with the stockings.
Also, since I didn’t want to get too traditional I mixed in the black and white striped jar. I think it works well with the black and white chair. I’m a huge fan of blending traditional and modern, like the more contemporary geometric print on the chair with the classic tartan plaid.
Of course I had to throw that pillow in for Brady. It was in the basement with that old tablecloth. I was planning on making one but I ended up using the leftover tablecloth over the box that I placed the tree on. I wrapped the base in an old white curtain from Ikea. The branches in the white vases are from the yard. I just gave them a light coat of gold spray paint.
Most of the ornaments are from a thrift store and I bought the feathered Christmas tree (at 60% off) when I picked up the faux fur for the stockings.
I think he’s ready for Christmas. I know I am! I just have a little more shopping to do then I get to have a wrapping party with some fabulous paper I found at TJ Maxx, of course.