Who says we need to have fuddy duddy stockings or spend a fortune on the pretty ones? We can make our own so easily! This is a fun project your kids can help you with, and the color options are endless. Don’t fret, even the novice seamstress (read, I can only sew a straight line) can tackle these babies. Once they’re sewn, have the little ones help mix the colors and dip the stockings. Just make sure to wear gloves — the dye loves to leave a lasting impression. For an adorable DIY stocking stuffer, click here!
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RIT dye (we used lemon yellow, sunshine orange, pink, & fuchsia)
Wooden stick for stirring dye
2 yards white linen
1. Download our stocking template, print out and assemble.
2. Iron the linen and fold it in half. Pin the template to it and trace around the edges with a pencil.
3. Remove the template and cut out the fabric; each stocking needs two pieces of fabric.
4. Pour a small amount of dye into a glass jar and pour in hot water, stir with a stick to mix thoroughly (this will be your palest color).
5. Dip the 2 layers of stocking fabric in the jar up to about 2/3 of the stocking (you can roll up the fabric to squeeze it in). Remove and use clothespins to hang them to a drying rack or clothesline.
6. Add more dye to the jar and stir. Dip the stocking into a slightly lower level than before, remove and hang on drying rack.
7. Repeat step 6 as many times as needed to achieve the desired color. Let dry overnight, or place in the dryer.
8. Iron the fabric again. Sew a hem on the top sides of the stocking fabric.
9. Pin the two pieces together, and sew a border about ¼ inch away from the edge of the fabric around the remaining sides of the stocking. Trim threads.
10. Turn the stocking inside out, then turn down the top 1/4 of the stocking.
11. Cut a 4-inch piece of ribbon. Form a loop, and sew into the top of the stocking. Hang on the mantle.