12 Easy DIY Christmas Stockings

Christmas is here! It’s hard to believe it’s less than one month away. Whether you use your Christmas stockings as decoration or you fill them with goodies, they are a staple in most holiday decor. Here are a few easy DIY Christmas stockings to hang on your mantle this year. 

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These fun stockings require minimal sewing, in fact you could probably even accomplish them without a sewing machine! Room for Tuesday used a pre-made stocking as the form for these stockings, making it so easy to achieve the perfect shape.

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Who says all stockings have to have traditional Christmas designs? Add an unexpected surprise to your mantle this year with these adorable ice cream stockings by My Poppet Makes.

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You could already have everything you need to create this stocking! Seeking Lavender Lane repurposed a dish towel to create a stocking perfect for her home decor.

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You know you have a sweater lying around somewhere that you just never wear.  Maybe it doesn’t fit, maybe it’s too itchy. An Extraordinary Day shares an excellent way to bring you neglected sweater back to life.

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Houseful of Handmade uses a drop cloth to create these personalized stockings. This would be a great way to create a uniform look while keeping each stocking unique.

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Although these stockings look more complicated than some, they are great for even the beginner crafter. Homemade Ginger uses a free (and super easy) pattern to create these colorful stockings.

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Here is another way to use that old sweater lying around your home. Sustain My Craft Habit chose to combine it with festive flannel for her holiday stockings.

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Every child (especially boys) goes through a cowboy stage. If you have a little guy who’s going though that stage right now, Dream a Little Bigger has a perfect pattern for you!

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Polished Habitat needed a quick solution to Christmas stockings. These are the easiest of all! Fabric and glue is all you need to dress up these cheap burlap stockings.

 

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This felted sweater stocking from My Repurposed Life is so Christmasy. She shares some excellent tips & tricks on how to make your project as simple as possible.

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Here’s one last upcycled stocking for you! You’ll never believe what DIY Candy used to create this colorful stocking.

 

Are you ready to create now? I know I am! 

 

If you’re still looking for more holiday inspiration, check out these other posts: 

Festive Cocktails for Holiday Parties

30 Fabulous Gifts for Women Over 50

DIY Decorative Holiday Pillow Roundup

Three Things to Make Your Winter Wreath Stand Out

Spiced Hot Apple Cider

 

 

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Sew Along Masterclass Poll, Help Find the Dream!

Planning this Sew Along Masterclass for next year. Now is your chance to give me your opinion on what you want to learn and  help me find the dream!

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Coming in 2018, the Sew Along Masterclass!

2018 Sew Along Masterclass

I have been working behind the scenes for several months planning my blog content for the next year. It’s been a whirlwind battle, one that I have finally won and mastered.

It hasn’t been an easy journey.

At first I wasn’t even sure I would be blogging next year. Growth on the blog has been slow and I am frustrated with the way things have been going the last couple of years. The millions of followers that I expected to have when I began blogging 8 years ago just aren’t there despite the considerable time and effort that I put into this business.

I even started looking for full time apparel design jobs, which I haven’t done since 1994.

There were even full time job interviews. Several of them. However, in the long run I decided that I just can’t go back to working for a large corporation just yet.

Finishing the Blogging Dream

It’s hard to give up on a dream. This blogging dream isn’t finished yet. When I started this blog so long ago I always had the thought that I would go back to my fashion design roots at some point and become a fashion blogger. At the time I began writing in 2009, it seemed like growing my following through home decor would be the hard part, and becoming a fashion blogger at some point in the future would be an easier thing to do once I was established. Fashion is something I understand.

Now is the time to see where this dream goes, this blog journey is beginning anew. As a lifestyle branded blog, Designers Sweet Spot has the potential to not only be a home decor brand, but also fashion brand as well. A few months ago, I launched a new pattern shop called Chambray Blues.com. This domain is where you can purchase my original sewing patterns, sewing supplies, fabric and video sewing tutorials (coming soon!). See the Link in side bar and in header of this page or click on the link below:

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Sew Along Master Class Insights

My sewing posts are some of my most read content. Thousands of page views over the last 8 years have proven this content to be valuable and what people really want to learn. I am excited to offer an entire 12 months of Sew Along Tutorials and accompanying patterns in 2018.

But, I need your help. This is a huge year long commitment for me. I need to know if this is what YOU the reader REALLY want to learn about here on the blog. You will have the option of sewing one project, several projects, or all of the projects as you choose during the 2018 year.

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The 12 Month Sew Along Masterclass will Include:

  1. Funnel Neck Knit Sweat Shirt
  2. Knit Fit and Flare Tunic with Variegated Hem
  3. Unisex Sleepwear Flannel Pajama pants
  4. Spring Floral Sack Dress
  5. Little Black Party Dress
  6. Loosely Flowing Caftan
  7. Men’s Boxer Shorts
  8. Home Decor Rag Baby Quilt
  9. Home Decor Duvet Cover
  10. Home Decor Pillow Shams
  11. Japanese Knot Bag
  12. Unisex Fleece Robe

These 12 projects have been selected for their simple design and require only basic sewing skills. You will learn step by step how to choose fabrics and supplies, print and assemble the patterns, alter patterns to fit your body type, properly layout/cut each item, and sew each one like a BOSS.

Could you take a few minutes to complete this short survey and give me your opinion? It will take less than 5 minutes of your time.

TAKE THE 2018 SEWING MASTERCLASS SURVEY HERE

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If you enjoy creative projects, try some of these other ideas:

How to Craft Seriously Cute Denim Quilted Coasters

How to Hem Jeans

Simple Pillow Tutorial

Sewing with Peach Skin

Sewing a Cowl Blouse

7 Easy Beginner Sewing Projects

 

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How to Make a Fleece Lounging Gown

Make a Fleece Lounging Gown to slip into after a long day at work or relax after a hectic day with the family. This gown is a great project for beginner seamstresses! This post contains affiliate links. I will make a small commission from your purchase at no additional charge to you. Thank you for your support!

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Successful sewing comes from knowing what to make!

This fleece fabric caught my eye at the fabric store recently. Loved the soft color pallet!

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Fleece fabric is easy to cut and sew.

 

Fleece Lounging is King

Making anything with fleece is always a good idea. Fleece is inexpensive, easy to sew and comes in tons of great patterns and colors. Fleece is also stretchy and very forgiving for new sewers who aren’t exactly sure of them selves. This project is easy to whip up in a single afternoon without a lot of fuss.

It’s been a while since I have sewn much for myself. However, I have stocked up on fabric and patterns for a major sewing project in the future! More to come on that soon!

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This pattern is Mc Calls 7061.(affiliate link)

I am sure I will be making several more of these lounging gowns, perhaps even a couple of them for holiday gifts.

Speaking of gifts, check out my pattern shop for more handmade gift ideas here.

The robe features a hood and a “kangaroo” style pocket which I love for keeping my cell phone close by. You could also make some booties or leggings to keep your feet and legs warm (they are included in this pattern). The modesty of this piece was one of the things that attracted me to it. Love the coverage in this garment! It feels cozy enough that I could run to the grocery store or chat with family members without having to worry about being too “exposed”.

Sewing with fleece is easy to use because you don’t have to finish the seams. The seams will never unravel, even with repeated washing. Also, they have improved the overall quality of the fleece so much that it rarely pills with wear. I always purchase the “pill proof” version of the fabric which costs a little bit more. But, the regular fleece is greatly improved as well and I have never had many problems with it. Alternatively, you could use a ponte knit, french terry or a heavier weight knit jersey for this project.

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Since I didn’t quite have enough fabric, I added a center back seam. You can barely even tell it’s there with the printed fabric.

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Sewing Pattern Adjustments

For this pattern, I didn’t need to change anything in the sewing directions. The instructions were easy to follow and it went together quickly. The sizing is good and quite generous, so the only alteration I had to make was in the length. Overall I added a total of 2″ to the lenth of the gown (I prefer knee length) and could have added even a bit more. True knee length for me would require an addition of 3-4″. Most of the time I sew patterns more than once before I am content with the way they turn out and I plan to make another gown like this in french terry with the additional length adjustment.

Fleece doesn’t shrink in the laundry so that is another plus. I didn’t have to prewash the fabric before cutting, which I usually do. As a general rule, always prewash your fabrics for the best results before cutting.

The fabric store was short on the grey printed fleece, so I used solid grey fleece on the hood and sleeves. I like the contrast of the two fabrics, sometimes unexpected obstacles create the best results!

You can find similar grey patterned fabric here on my Amazon affiliate link.

You can find solid grey fleece fabric here on my Amazon affiliate link.

Sewing Technique and Tips

Honestly, I just used a regular straight stitch for this garment. The fleece is a bit thicker than most fabrics so you may need to use a walking foot or increase your stitch length to keep it flowing smoothly through your sewing machine. The stitch length I used was 3.5, a bit longer then my usual 2.5 for this garment. No special thread or needles are required so it’s a breeze to sew! Love how it turned out!

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Great project for holiday gifts!

If you like this project, try some of these other ideas:

Sewing a Fleece Robe

How to Sew a Satin Robe

Sewing with Lace

Sewing with Lace: Part 2

How to Hem Jeans

 

 

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Warm and Fluffy Ragged Baby Quilt

Warm and fluffy quilts are loved by little ones, this ragged baby quilt is fairly simple to make and won’t break the bank!

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Ragged Baby Quilt: Northern Territory Pattern

Ragged Baby Quilt

Warm and fluffy blankets are always on my bed and furniture during the cold months. A soft flannel quilt is frequently fought over by all of our family members to cuddle with while watching tv. I made this darling baby quilt for our neighbors who just had a baby boy. It’s so cute, I was tempted to keep it. Not that it would cover even part of my generous sized body, but I just liked it. So soft and fuzzy!

Ragged baby quilts are fun to make even if you are without a lot of quilting experience. You don’t need any fancy quilting machines or other supplies which is great. The pattern for this quilt is available for immediate download in my new pattern shop! Whoo, hoo!

The shop has been a long time in coming, and I am very excited to have it put together!

The Chambray Blues Sewing Patterns site is up and running! I am adding more patterns (crafts, quilting, apparel and home decor) as well as notions and fabrics each week so be sure to stop back if you don’t find what you are looking for.

SHOP CHAMBRAY BLUES NOW

If you need a pattern for something specific, I also make custom pdf sewing patterns. Send me your requests at Jessica@designerssweetspot.com and I will try to accommodate your needs. You can read about my compensation rates on the Hire Me page here.

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Back of Northern Territory Ragged Baby Quilt

Ragged Baby Quilt Supplies Needed:

•3 various flannel prints, 1/2 each small buffalo check, large buffalo check, patterned moose print

•2 solid flannel colors, 1/2 yard each red and black

•1 1/2 yards solid black flannel for backing

•1 package baby quilt size poly-fiber quilt batting

Northern Territory Ragged Baby Quilt Pattern (purchase here through Chambray Blues)

•Matching thread

•Scissors

Finished quilt size is 36″ x 36″.

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Here are some other creative posts:

Sewing with Peach Skin

Sewing a Fleece Robe

Sewing with Lace

Sewing with Lace: Part 2

Sewing a Fitted Blouse: Part 1

How to Sew a Fitted Blouse: Part 2

 

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DIY Decorative Holiday Pillow Roundup

Decorative holiday pillows are one of the easiest ways to decorate your home for the holidays. However, pillows these days are costing an arm and a leg! Who wants to spend that much on something that will only be in use for 2 months of the year?  Here are some great ways to create a festive feel on a budget, and reuse some of the same pillows you use all year.DIY Decorative Holiday Pillow Roundup|Designers Sweet Spot|www.designerssweetspot.comRebecca at The Crafted Sparrow created this fun pillow to add a little excitement to her neutral color scheme.

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This cozy cashmere pillow is perfect to usher in the winter season. It reminds me of cold nights sipping hot chocolate by a fire! Hello Little Home shares a great tutorial over on her blog.

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Everyone loves candy at Christmas! Sustain My Craft Habit shares some great tips on how to create these fun pillows on a budget, you don’t even have to know how to sew!

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While this pillow cover does require a bit of sewing, it’s so easy that even a beginner could do it in no time. Janice of Sawdust Sisters simply used these holiday covers on pillows she  uses year round to save some money.

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I SPY DIY shares an excellent tutorial on how to make two of these festive pillows. Another great option if you’re wanting to tone your decor down a bit this year.

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The possibilities for a tree like this are endless! You could add some embellishments to “decorate” the tree, or stick with a simple lace for a pillow that can stay in use all winter long. Work It, Mom! shares some of the ideas she had while crafting this pillow.

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Do you have a cozy sweater in the back of your closet that just doesn’t fit anymore? It’s not doing you any good sitting around! The Lily Pad Cottage decided to turn her unworn sweater into a cozy winter pillow.

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Even though these pillows aren’t completely “Christmasy”, I had to include them.  Something about white and gold just reminds me of the holidays.  Lemon Thistle created these beautiful pillows in 5 minutes, using only 2 items.  How simple is that!

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Here is another pillow that could be used all winter. Sewbon does such a great job explaining her process that I’m certain anyone could recreated this one.

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An Oregon Cottage decided to design this beautiful pillow after seeing a similar one for sale! She was able to save over $50 by creating her own. This pillow would make an excellent gift as well as a great addition to your holiday decor.

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You’ll never believe how easy these sequined pillows are! Head over to The Proper Blog for all the tips and tricks on how to make this the simplest project ever.

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Who doesn’t love the Dollar Spot at Target? The Everyday Home spent less than $5 on this pillow, even though it looks like it cost much more!

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These metallic pillows are perfect to add just a bit of cheer to your decor. You’ll never believe the items Girl in the Garage used to whip these up!

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The Girl Inspired shares an excellent tutorial on how to create these fun pillows. These would be so fun to customize with designs that make you feel like celebrating!

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Your entire family will love this fun project! Polished Habitat used this pillow cover over another pillow she already owned which saves money and cuts down on storage space.

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Although this pillow looks tricky, don’t be intimidated! Dazzle While Frazzled shares very thorough directions on how to create one just like it.

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Here’s another Target Dollar Spot craft! Happiness is Homemade created these pillows using a cheap blanket, you could even use an extra you have at home.

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Green With Decor used a stencil to make this festive pillow! You could repurpose a pillow you already have at home for this project.

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There’s nothing better than a project that looks so complicated, but in reality is one of the easiest things you’ll do! Little Vintage Nest claims this is the easiest Christmas pillow ever, and we agree.

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What’s Christmas without the Grinch? While this pillow may look complex, we promise it’s a lot easier than you think! Head over to Woodshop Diaries for all the tips & tricks.

 

Now that it’s officially November, there’s nothing stopping you from getting a start on Christmas decorations! 

Check out these other fun holiday ideas: 

DIY Winter Wreath

Easy Pumpkin Pie Bars

Spiced Hot Apple Cider

Spray Painted Christmas Tree

Christmas in the Country Home Tour

Christmas Chicken Coop

 

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