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Hello friends! This year I went through a major purge and got rid of a TON of stuff… including Christmas decor. And because I want to go more simple this year and I have a very tiny budget to do it with, I decided to make a lot of my Christmas decor. One of the first things I knew we needed were stockings. What’s Christmas without stocking hung with care? So I whipped up these Personalized Drop Cloth Stockings for my little family.
Aren’t they so cute? If you’re looking for a fancy-shmancy stocking tutorial, you’ve come to the wrong place. But if you are looking for a simple, cozy… almost “farmhouse” … appeal, these are the perfect stockings for you. Here’s what you’ll need if you want to make your own…
- drop cloth (found at Home Depot)
- an old stocking (to use as a pattern)
- fabric marker (for tracing)
- sewing machine and thread
- heat transfer vinyl (HTV)
- Silhouette Cameo
First, design your names (using a favorite font) in your Silhouette Design Studio. Remember to reverse your design before cutting your HTV with your Silhouette Cameo. Refer to the HTV instructions before loading your Silhouette Cameo. After your HTV is cut and weeded, set it aside.
Trace your old stocking onto the drop cloth. Tip: Trace the stocking at the top of your drop cloth where it’s already hemmed… this will save you from needing to hem the top of your stocking! Each stocking needs 2 pieces traced, a front and a back. Once the pieces are traced and cut, use your sewing machine to sew around the edges of two of the pieces. Remember not to sew the top of the stocking together! The flip it inside out… which is actually right side out! Tip: If you don’t have a sewing machine or are not a sew-er, you can hand stitch this OR use fabric glue!
Now you are going to cut a few pieces of jute and sew them to the top corner of the stockings in a loop. This is how you are going to hang them!
Place the cut/weeded HTV names on the drop cloth stockings where you want them and iron them on. I like to place a piece of fabric in between the iron and the HTV. The trick to ironing on HTV it high heat and lots of pressure. Tip: Line up your stockings all ready to iron. Go down the line of stockings, pressing the iron onto the fabric/HTV names and move the next to allow time to cool, then repeat a few times.
Slowly peel back the clear sheet that is on your HTV. If the vinyl is not sticking to the drop cloth, you need to apply more heat and pressure to it.
And that’s it, folks! In all honesty, it probably took me 1-2 hours to make all three of them. So this is great nap time or ‘after the kids are in bed asleep’ craft. And if you are better at sewing than I am or if you have heat press, it will take even less time to make them.
So, what do you think? Have you made your own stockings or do you prefer to buy them? Target has some really cute ones this year!