crystal: deck your halls with burlap stockings

Today weve got some fun inspiration coming your way from our luxe|wise momma friend Crystal! If your holiday has been anything like mine, you barely have your tree up; lights for your house are still in the box, and anything having to do with holiday gourmet has yet to grace your cooktop. So this post is actually quite timely! Keep reading for a little insight on how to adorn your abode with your very own hand-crafted Christmas cheer.

     December is here! Time to deck the halls, trim the tree, and not go crazy with all the "to dos" on your list before the 25th hits! One of the things topping my to do list was to finally getting Christmas stockings for my family to hang up this year. 

     Almost 6 years of marriage and two kids later, my home was still lacking in some "stockings hung by the chimney with care," mostly because the ones I wanted were surprisingly expensive ($30-$50 each! Who knew?!) or too glittery and girly for my bowhunting husbands taste. So, this year I thought I struck gold when I found some stockings made from BURLAP on the internet (burlap doesn't glitter!), but they were still $55 each, and were very plain in my opinion. So, I decided rather than admit another Christmas in defeat, I could make my own stockings for my family this year.     
     Hobby Lobby to the rescue! I found four plain burlap stockings at Hobby Lobby for $5 each, some colored burlap ribbon, and some crocheted flowers to add some embellishment. Total spent- about $30. 

I borrowed some Quick Dry Tacky Glue (that dies clear) and some matching colored thread from a crafting friend of mine, and started to work! I laid out the stockings, and played with different ways to use the ribbon and flowers until I had some ideas of what I wanted to do, before I started cutting things. 

Then, I started by sewing the crocheted flowers on to the burlap ribbon for stability, and then gluing the ribbon onto the stocking. I used lots of glue, since it dries clear and flexible, and would also keep the burlap ribbon from unraveling. I covered every edge of ribbon that I cut with the glue, to keep it from unraveling as well. 

Basically, All the burlap ribbon got glued down, (very easy), and only the flowers got sewed down because I was afraid they would fall off. Once I had all four stockings pretty much done, I unraveled some of the green burlap ribbon and used it as thread to make some simple decorative stitches across the tops and sides of the stockings.

You could do as little, or as much embellishing as you wanted

or craft the stockings to look identical if that suits your family better. I didn't put our names on them because I didn't think I was that good of a sewer, but you might have lots more experience with thread than me! All in all, I am SO PLEASED with the way the stockings turned out, and my husband approves of them! They were almost worth the 6 years of waiting ;-) 

I used to be pretty intimidated by “crafting" and would never think of being able to make something instead of buying it new, but now I feel like I have broken free a little bit from expensive home magazines and can just use them to get good ideas that I can do myself  a lot more affordably!