I don’t know what it is about christmas that makes me want to make even more stuff than usual, I am planning to make stockings for the kids but for now I put together this mini stocking DIY. It felt a whole lot easier (and more fun) to just make a bunch of small stockings to hang on the tree. The idea being that you could give them out to guests over the festive season as a sort of christmas party bag. Also I was thinking they would make a nice little gift for kids and if you filled them with a few toys to keep them amused perhaps the adults might get a chance to have a proper conversation. I live in hope.
Before I start though a word of warning. If you follow my posts on instagram or Facebook you may have seen this image below. But what happened here was that I got quite absorbed in the stencilling and even remember thinking to myself how nice it was that Bruno seemed to be enjoying himself too. No. This is what he was up to…
Anyway, if you want to have a go, the details are below. If you’d rather just paint your arm, try and use paint that washes of easily!
You will need:
- Stocking template: download here.Mini Stocking template
- Plain fabric
- Plain paper
- Utility Knife
- Paint (we used regular poster paint)
1. Print your stocking template, cut it out and trace around the shapes onto your fabric.
- Carefully with your craft knife cut some Christmas shapes from your plain paper. I like to make two or three different sizes to give a bit of interest.
- Hold your cut shape over the fabric and with your sponge begin slowly dabbing on the paint.
- Carry on stamping, making sure to give enough time for your paint to dry so you don’t smudge it. Its really tempting to place your template close to wet areas so I like to work on both sides of the stocking at once to reduce the temptation to stamp too close to wet areas.
- Once your paint is dry, cut out your stocking shapes and pin your decorated sides together.
- You can now sew your stocking up. I used my sewing machine but these are small so won’t take long to sew by hand.
- Once sewn, turn your stocking right side out.
- So that you can hang your stockings on your tree, sew your ribbon pieces to the back.
- Now you can fill them and leave them on your tree.