DIY Stockings

Make your own DIY stockings using this super easy method that even a beginner can do!

One of my many projects for the Christmas season was to make DIY stockings for our family. I found this great Amy Butler stocking pattern here. It’s free and super easy! I’m kind of obsessed with felt right now. It’s such a great material to work with if you are new to sewing. Because it doesn’t unravel, you are able to sew leaving raw edges which makes things so easy! If you are wanting to make some DIY Christmas stockings, look no further! Even if you have little sewing experience, you should give this method a try!

 

DIY STOCKINGS:

I bought my high quality wool felt from Erica’s and Heather Bailey

Make your own DIY stockings using this super easy method that even a beginner can do!

I followed the Amy Butler stocking pattern, but wanted to add felt details to personalize the stockings. Before sewing the pieces together, I made a paper patterns of the shapes that I wanted to sew onto the stocking.


Make your own DIY stockings using this super easy method that even a beginner can do!
Make your own DIY stockings using this super easy method that even a beginner can do!

 

After cutting out the shapes, I sewed them directly onto the stocking pieces

Make your own DIY stockings using this super easy method that even a beginner can do!

 

I really wanted our names on the stockings, so I tried embroidering them. This was my first try at embroidery, so it’s not perfect, but oh well!

Make your own DIY stockings using this super easy method that even a beginner can do!

I love the little bit of fabric that shows on the outside and lining

Make your own DIY stockings using this super easy method that even a beginner can do!

The finished product!!

Make your own DIY stockings using this super easy method that even a beginner can do!

 

If you want some personalized stockings, you should try it!
If you want to try your hand at some more DIY Christmas goodies, look no further:

homemade laundry detergent

I have found that I go through laundry detergent much faster than I used to! I have started on the quest for a homemade all natural laundry detergent. Here is the recipe that I have been using. It is so easy and saves so much money!

Homemade Natural Laundry Detergent

1 cup borax (can be found on the laundry aisle at your local grocery store)
1 cup washing soda (looks like a big box of baking soda and will be near the borax)
1 bar of grated castile* soap (we love Dr. Bronner’s soap in lavender scent but Ivory also works although it’s technically not “all natural”)
Just mix the the borax and washing soda in a reusable container. To make the soap much easier to grate, just leave it out for a few days (if you can do a few weeks, even better). This dries out the bar which will allow you to grate the soap into a powder. You can also try putting it in your freezer and then grating. I just use the finest side of my cheese grater to make the soap in tiny granules!
Add about 2 tbs of detergent to a medium load of laundry!
For a frugal and natural fabric softener, add a few tbs of white vinegar to the rinse cycle. Your clothes will smell fresh and not vinegary, I promise!
I’m currently on the lookout for a homemade liquid detergent, so stay tuned!!
*The only downside to homemade detergent is that it can’t be used on Lula’s cloth diapers. I have been using it on her diapers for a year but they have started to be less absorbent and produce an unpleasant odor. After a little research, I found that homemade detergents aren’t the best for diapers because they contain natural oils that build up on the fabric. It’s better to use something like Charlie’s Soap or Soapnuts that don’t contain any oils.