Mini felt stockings + Mason jar toppers

Felt mini stockings_Mason jar toppers and tags_Handcrafted PartiesFor the past couple of years, my Christmas decor has centered around soft aqua and gold, to compliment the beachy colors in our adjoined living and dining room.  Each year I try to add a couple new DIY decor pieces just to keep things fresh and interesting.  A couple years ago I made a gold and silver ornament wreath (similar to this tutorial) by hot gluing ornaments from the dollar store onto a wire wreath frame.  I’m kind of surprised, but it’s held up beautifully.

Dollar store ornament wreath_Handcrafted PartiesLast year I made the large woven burlap ribbon bulletin board in the photos above (inspired by Jones Design Co.) outlined in gold thumb tacks, which I transform into a numbered tag + ornament Christmas countdown/Advent calendar during the holidays (photos to come this week).  So far this year I have beaded cone Christmas trees nestled in evergreen branches on my mantel and a gold striped paper straw + cotton ball garland hanging in my breakfast nook.

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Mini felt stockings as garland_Handcrafted PartiesGrandma and Grandpa are flying in to visit from Ohio next week, so I figured the upstairs bathroom, which the kids and guest room share, was in need of a few festive touches.  A mini glittered spruce tree from Trader Joe’s, a few mercury glass votives, plus this garland of mini felt stockings hanging on the wall or across the window and I think we’ll be all set for company!

As with most of my crafting, mommy’s DIY Time is once the kids are in bed.  I grab a cozy drink, catch up on my favorite shows or a movie and craft until the wee hours.  (Seriously, most nights I’m up until at least midnight.  I’m a night owl…but school mornings are rough!)  I’ll spare you the dark and grainy photo attempts, but this project is so simple I’ll just walk you through it with words.

Mini felt stockings_Handcrafted PartiesFELT MINI STOCKINGS //  Supplies:  mini stocking printable template (print at 100%), holly printable template (scroll down to supplies list for the link to download), craft felt or wool felt in cream, oatmeal, baby blue and chocolate brown (mine is from Michaels and was on sale for 20 cents per sheet),  embroidery thread (or baker’s twine) in chocolate brown, needle, sharp scissors, fabric pen or ballpoint pen

Step 1:  Cut out a template for the mini stocking and one holly leaf.  Choose which colors of felt you’ll use for the stocking, holly and berries.  Using a ballpoint pen, trace 3 holly pieces onto felt and cut out.  Fold another piece of felt in half vertically (so it’s tall, not wide…any teachers out there?  Fold it “hotdog” way, not “hamburger”.  The rest of you, quit wrinkling your foreheads at me!)  Trace your mini stocking template onto the felt and cut out, holding both layers together as you cut.  (You can pin the layers together before you cut, if you wish.)  Cut 3 small felt circles for berries–I just eyeballed it.

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Step 2:  Lay out the top piece of your mini stocking. Position two holly leaves in an upside down V and use a stitch or two to hold in place.  Next, position 3 berries on top of the holly in a triangle cluster (hide the stitches on your holly) and use a single stitch to hold in place.

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Step 3:  Lay the top and bottom pieces of your mini stocking together, lining up the edges.  Pin in place, if desired.  Using a simple straight running stitch, sew the stocking layers together with your embroidery thread or baker’s twine, leaving a 1/4-1/2 inch border all the way around.  That’s it!  Super easy (even for a non-sewer like me) and each one can be finished in about 20 minutes. 

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There are so many darling ways you could use these mini felt stockings around your home during the Christmas season:  as tree ornaments or as an Advent calendar garland {Martha Stewart}, tuck silverware inside and lay on top of a plate as a placecard, tie onto a wreath, tuck greenery or small gifts inside and hang at the end of a child’s bed, or use as gift packaging for a gift card (it’s the perfect size!) or small treats.  My daughter’s teacher is going to get one of these stockings tied to a box of homemade Christmas desserts with a Starbucks gift card tucked inside.

Felt holly jar topper and tag_tutorial at Handcrafted PartiesFELT MASON JAR TOPPERS + GIFT TAGS //   Supplies:  craft felt or wool felt, holly printable templategold striped baker’s twine or embroidery thread, needle, scissors, ballpoint pen

Step 1:  Choose which colors of felt you will use for the jar topper, holly and berries.  Print and cut out one holly leaf template.  Trace and cut out two holly leaves from felt.  Cut out three 1/2 inch circles of felt for holly berries.  Trace the metal lid of a Mason jar onto felt and cut out.  Cut out a 3/4 inch circle of felt for the center of the jar lid. 

Step 2: Thread your needle with an 8 inch piece of gold striped baker’s twine or embroidery thread.  Arrange your holly leaves with 3 berries on top and use a straight stitch through each berry to hold the pieces together.  Push your thread back up through the holly leaves, near the stem.  Lay the 3/4 inch felt circle on top of the felt jar topper, push your needle through and knot on the back side to secure.   You will now have a circle jar topper at one end of your twine and the hanging holly tag at the other.

Step 3: Fill your Mason jar with goodies.  Mine contains hot cocoa mix and layers of mini snowmen marshmallows.  Place the metal lid on the jar, top with the felt circle topper, and twist the metal ring on to secure, making sure that your felt holly tag is hanging free over the side.

Felt holly jar topper and tag_Handcrafted PartiesThese cute jars could hold anything from small craft supplies (washi tape! sequins! glitter tubes!) to candy to homemade truffles.  They’d also be perfect for food gifts in larger jars, like pancake or waffle mix for Christmas morning, homemade spice mixes, or a dried soup mix to save for a busy evening when you don’t have time to cook.  To bless a friend with relaxation, fill jars with homemade bath salts (my friend Lia made some fresh lavender bath salts with elegant free printable labels!) or DIY body scrubs (hello, homemade chocolate coconut sugar scrub!!).  If you need some recipe ideas for spa goodies, check out my DIY | gift ideas Pinterest board.

I’ve really fallen in love with crafting with felt this holiday season.  Watching as simple cutting and stitching transform sheets of felt into beautiful handmade gifts and decor…it’s as calming as it is rewarding.  At the end of the day, I’m happy knowing that I can use my hands to craft a thoughtful gift, made with love,  that will hopefully bless someone else’s day.

Later this week I’ll be sharing my Christmas Morning breakfast table setting, including more felt decorations and gift packaging ideas using this same holly pattern, so stay tuned!

Lisa :)

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    Christine says

    SUPER cute, buddy! So wishing we had time to make these together. Where has this month gone?! I may need to cozy up tonight and make some of these just to feel like we’re crafting together! :) xo Love the colors. I bet the upstairs bathroom looks fantastic (one of my favorite rooms in your house, as you know)! xo


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      says

      Awww, thanks for the sweet comment, buddy! I know, this month has flown by like crazy. The inlaws arrive in two days and I’ve got crazy organizing and cleaning to do, then more house guests and Christmas next week. Not sure how that happened.

      You definitely owe it to yourself to carve out some late-night crafting time! It’ll make you feel like yourself again. :) Wish I was there, too…obviously!

      Love you,
      Lisa


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    linda says

    Seriously adorable…


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      says

      Thanks! :)


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    Alli says

    Ok…I want to be crafty with you, but I go to bed 3 hours before you! ;) I love that you think of everything – even the bathroom! Awesome photos! xo


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      says

      Really, you’re in bed by 9pm?! My hubby is crazy like that too. :) We need to set up a crafty day…and baking day…and gift exchange/Starbucks day!!

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