I'm so excited to be part of this fantastic group of ladies sharing fun holiday projects with you. A special thanks to Jen of Noting Grace for pulling this together! If you're here after visiting Lindsey over at Repurpose and Upcycle, thanks so much for following along with our fun DIY blog hop! Isn't Lindsey the coolest? I don't think there's a project or DIY, big or small, that she's not willing to tackle head on. I plan to follow along and learn a lot from her moving forward. But for today, I'm so excited to share my brand new no-sew felt stockings with you!
Do you ever get an image stuck in your head that you can't erase? I get a decorating idea, and I start scouring the internet, trying to find what I'm looking for. Sometimes I find it and sometimes I don't, so when I can't find it, I try to figure out how I can make it happen on my own. That's what happened here! I have two of these red and gray buffalo check stockings that I picked up at Joann's a couple of years ago. I decided that I wanted two more gray felt stockings, but with green accents instead of red. So I started looking...and came up with nothing. Enter DIY mode! Now, I don't do one little bit of sewing, but I was 100% sure this could be pulled off with a glue gun instead of a sewing machine.
First, I bought two yards of gray felt, to make sure I had plenty in case of mistakes. And for the trees and stocking trim I got 3/4 of a yard of green, and one of those cheap 30-cent sheets of khaki felt. You can find those in the craft section of any store, but Joann's has the best color selection. I gathered the rest of my supplies and got to work.
**Hot glue sticks
**One sheet cardstock or heavy paper
Keep in mind that I'm not giving you exact measurements here. All of this was done visually, not technically, so grab yourself a stocking template and let's do this!
Trace the stocking template you're using. Be sure to trace two of one side, then turn it upside down and trace two on the other side, since you'll need to line up the inside edges.
As you're cutting them out, be sure to leave a 1/2 inch to 1 inch border around the edge, depending what you're comfortable with.
Side note: I did try ironing my gray felt, since there were creases from being folded up. It didn't really work, but they've been hanging on my mantel for a couple of weeks now, and they've smoothed themselves out.
Cut tree templates (or any shape you're going for) from cardstock. I tried to roughly make them the same size as the red reindeer.
I cut enough for one big tree and two small trees on each stocking.
Here's where things start getting real. No turning back! Line up your stockings so the marked lines are facing each other. Lift up small sections and glue along that line. I glued just slightly to the inside of the line so the green marker wouldn't show when the stockings are turned inside out.
Don't forget to leave the top open!!!
And now for the real moment of truth...when the glue is dry (which doesn't take long with hot glue), carefully turn the stocking right side out. This isn't hard, but tread lightly and feel your way through the inside of the stocking, pushing out on all those seams, so the stocking is as big as possible. After this step, put heavy books on them for a while, to help them retain their new shape.
Next, make sure your trim felt is long enough to go around the top of the stocking.
Cut a straight line, making sure there's about an inch over the top trim, and an inch longer than the bottom trim so you can fold them over.
Fold over to make a bottom hem and glue it down.
Place the trim where you want it on the top part of the stocking, and leave an inch or two of leftover color trim at the top to fold down into the stocking.
Glue the bottom hem where you want it lined up on your stocking.
Then glue the seam together.
When that's dry, simply fold the tops down into the stocking, and glue the edges down.
It should look like you have a folded over edge on both the top and the bottom of the colored trim.
The rest is fun! Place your trees or whatever shape you're using where you want them and glue them on. Don't forget to cut some extra felt and glue in a loop to hang the stocking!
I'm absolutely obsessed with the finished result. This whole project took me about an hour from start to finish and my mind is already spinning with other designs I might want to make for next year! If you decide to give this a try, please let me know. I'd love to see your take on the no-sew felt stocking!
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