The holidays can really bring out the inner crafter in all of us, can't they? No matter if you're a 'Eat. Sleep. Craft. Repeat.'
kind of crafter, or more of a DIY dabbler, the season of giving and joy (not to mention all the sparkly things!) is such a fun time to make something to give your house some festive flair or put a smile on someone's face with a handmade gift!
We're excited to bring you a very cool collaboration with our friends from Simplicity Patterns
with the idea of creating a special piece for the holidays - our monogrammed stocking! This stocking is extra amazing because it's HUGE! It's hard to tell the scale from the photos, but it could be packed full of stocking stuffers for the whole family. It's also a fun way to hand out gifts on Christmas morning, or it would make a really cool alternative to a wreath for your front door decor.
This project uses Simplicity Pattern 1577
, and the set also includes patterns for a tree skirt and gift bags! We think it would be great (and a budget-friendly fabric choice!) to make a coordinating tree skirt and gift bag set, too!
The team at Simplicity used a canvas drop cloth to make the stocking - this is such a cool material because it's easy to find, inexpensive, durable and is such a great blank canvas to make your stocking personal with your own monogram or name in your favorite colors! Find additional yardage and supply information on the pattern package.
After the Simplicity team finished the stocking, it was our turn! First, we used Mod Podge Photo Transfer
to create the Photo Hang Tag - you can use remnants of the drop cloth fabric or muslin to make the tag. Get the scoop (plus tips and tricks to make a no-fail photo transfer!) from our craft pro Chris in her post on how to photo transfer
. We used an extra large grommet and grommet tool to give the tag a modern edge.
We wanted our stocking to be a fun, bright color, but this would look great in more traditional colors too! Paint the cuff in your base color (we used FolkArt Multi-Surface in Titanium White
). After the paint dried, we used our Large Chevron stencil
with FolkArt in Cayman Blue along with our Large Chevron Stencil
for a pop of color! If you're new to stenciling, learn how to stencil
in this great post.
Have you ever used Mod Podge Fabric
? If not, get ready for some serious secret sauce in a bottle. It's our decoupage formula designed to use on fabric to fabric projects, and it makes it easy to create appliqués like your own monogram! We used our 5" Alphabet & Monogram Stencil as a template to trace an initial onto fabric. Cut the letter out, apply Mod Podge Fabric to the wrong side of the fabric and press into place on the cuff.
We used the same fabric (finally get justification on all those fabric scraps you keep saving - this is the perfect time to use 'em!) and process to create the 'heel' and 'toe' of the stocking with Mod Podge Fabric.
We think it turned out so cute - we're ready to fill the stockings with fun surprises!
The photo hang tag is a really sweet touch, don't you think?
Let us know in the comments how you're making your holiday season special this year, and be sure to follow our friends at Simplicity Patterns on Instagram
for more inspiration!