12.16.2013

dare to deck the halls

I've been on the lookout for new stockings for three years now. (Maybe more, actually) I haven't been able to decide exactly what I want and then when I do find the perfect one…they sell out while I'm waiting for them to go on sale. (Thrifty problems)

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.


IT WORKED!!!

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!



14 comments:

  1. i hate when i go to the store to get stuff for a prject but i didnt think it through...and make a list of what i REALLY needed. darn it. they still turned out great, and way cheaper than PB!

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    1. I'm not even completely sure what I was thinking!! It's like it never even crossed my mind that I would need to figure out what kind of fabric I needed. Oops. I still have a ways to go with this whole crafty thing!

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  2. Cute...love white and gold together!! I hate trying to photograph stuff in the winter...there is never enough time to get the right light!!

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    1. I struggle with photos to begin with. Winter does NOT help!! But thanks, chica!

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  3. I'm so proud of you! I like them!

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    1. Thanks!! I didn't even cry while I was making them. Or say unkind things. I was pretty impressed with myself.

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  4. Yay! These look so good! Love the colors and love that you did something out of your comfort zone.

    Thanks for linking up to Dare to DIY!

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  5. Oh man, this post made me laugh! Your stockings turned out so cute. Who wants to pay PB prices when you can make your own? I love your, mantel. You've got such great style!

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  6. adorable- i love the white and gold combo. so pretty!

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    1. Thanks Cassie!! I'm usually a silver kind of a girl, but I'm really into gold this year!

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  7. The stockings turned out great! I love how simple they are too!

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