A couple of years ago I shared how I made DIY Sweater Stockings for the kids.
Although I liked the idea behind them it ended up bothering me that they didn't match. And since Lucas is a new addition this Christmas I decided it was time for 3 matching ones. I happened to find some pretty white cable knit ones at Hobby Lobby for only $5 each which ended up being cheaper than buying a couple of sweaters to make them. Yay!!
I love having stockings personalized so I went back and forth trying to figure out the best way to do it on these. Finally I decided that an embroidered stitch would look best.
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Originally I thought I would try to eyeball the lettering. But I have terrible penmanship as it is, so I decided that this probably wasn't the best idea.
So I printed out the names on some computer paper. But sewing through computer paper didn't sound like much fun so I decided to trace the names on to some tissue paper using a sharpie.
(please excuse my Valentine's printed tissue it's all I had on hand! haha)
I then pinned my template to the stocking making sure that it was centered and straight.
To make the stitches I double threaded my embroidery needle and first pulled it through so that my knot was on the inside. Then I pushed it back through following the pattern on my tissue paper.
Once it was through the top, I pushed it back through at the end of my previous stitch. You want to try to get it as close to that stitch as possible so that there are no gaps between your stitches.
Here is what it looked like in real life (this is step 3 where I am coming back up and will be going back down next to my previous stitch).
Once I was done I pulled the tissue paper away. It slid out pretty easily for the most part but there were a few stubborn spots that I had to use tweezers on to get all of the paper out.
I also added a wood button and some ribbon to each to dress them up a little.
I kept my stitches pretty big but you could go even smaller for a more intricate look
They look so cozy hung up over the fireplace and even though they aren't perfect, I hope the kids are able to hang on to these for years to come and remember the hand stitched love that went into these!
I just finished up the final touches of our Christmas décor this week (I'm a little behind this year!) so I will be snapping some photos this weekend and sharing a Christmas home tour next week. See you all then!
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