Try This: Personalize a Stocking!

Custom Stocking DIY abeautifulmess.comIt's Rachel with a quick and easy idea for customizing a pre-made stocking just in time for Christmas. I love the endless ways you can match handmade stockings to your specific decor, but this year I am all about simplifying to make sure we can spend more time enjoying the holiday season instead of just decorating through them. I found a pre-made stocking at Target that didn't look cheap (although it does have a tartan plaid 'H' on the opposite side), cut off the red tassels it came with and started with a clean slate.Custom Stocking DIY abeautifulmess.com 1. To make your own you'll need a pre-made stocking, fluffy yarn, some chipboard letters (found mine at the Target $ spot, but they are available in the scrapbooking section of most craft stores), embroidery thread, embroidery needle (mine is curved but yours doesn't need to be), an awl or something small and sharp, a bit of sparkly ribbon for the hanger, and sparkly jingle bell ornaments (or something similar). 2. Use your awl to poke little holes through the top left and bottom right corners of each letter. Practice on a letter you aren't going to use to get a good feel for it. Then stitch your thread through starting from the top and tying a knot at the last letter's hole. Leave some length at the beginning to attach to the top of your stocking. 3. Use your fluffy yarn to finger knit about 2' worth of rope and knot the ends. 4. Tie it in a bow. 5. Cut about 4" of sparkly ribbon and stitch a hanger at the top on the inside and then stitch the hanging letters, ornaments and finally the bow to the top as well.Custom Stocking DIY abeautifulmess.com   Custom Stocking DIY abeautifulmess.com  I've made a handful of stockings for our family over the years but I love the cozy look of this one and how well it goes with our white and metallic Christmas decor this year. Let's hope we've all been good this year. I'd hate to get coal stains on my pretty new stockings. What about you, any ideas for personalizing your stockings this year? -Rachel

Credits // Author and Photography: Rachel Denbow

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