This year, when I decorated the mantel is neutrals and gold, I decided our maroon and hunter green stockings just couldn't stay up another year.
In a moment of insanity I asked my mom if I could borrow her sewing machine. Because I could make stockings! Pinterest said I could. Pinterest said it was easy.
(And I didn't want to pay $35 a piece for the ones I liked at Pottery Barn)
So we braved Joann Fabrics (on a weekend, no less!) and found some white fabric. Standing in the middle of the store I realized I had no idea how much fabric I needed. And I hadn't really thought through what type of fabric I was looking for. This was a half-baked idea at best, but we have deadlines, people!
I settled on a soft and textured plain white fabric. I bought two yards (spoiler alert: needed about 1/2 a yard. More projects!).
I used our old stockings as a template and just cut around them.
And then sewed them up! I just figured it out as I went, trying to remember to keep right sides together and sew in fairly straight lines.
We have new stockings! They're far from perfect, but at least they look like stockings. And they're white and gold, which look much better in our home.
Also? There were no tears in the making of these stockings. I'm inspired to tackle more sewing projects!
Unfortunately, these took a couple minutes longer than I had hoped, so I was racing daylight to snap a couple pictures. Imagine this photo with sun streaming through the windows, ok??
Even though I only made it to half the projects this year, Dare to DIY definitely gave me the kick in the pants I needed to tackle some projects and maybe discover a new love for sewing. Maybe. Let's not get ahead of ourselves.
Check out the host's projects with the links below, and be sure to check out the rest of the projects on Kim's blog!