While living in Sydney us Brits made up a completely fictional holiday called Christmas in July. It’s as simple and bizarre as it sounds – July is the coldest month of the year i.e. most Christmassy! Real Christmas in 38 degree heat on a beach having a BBQ while super fun, just didn’t deliver on our British traditions. Sooo, my friends (the ozzie fam as they’re collectively known) and I would hire a house in the Blue Mountains for the weekend, cook up an absolute storm of a turkey dinner (including sprouts, very hard to get hold of in July!), drink wine, do secret Santa and play games.
One year, I was in an overly crafty minx mood and made these little stockings for everyone and filled them with British sweets. Sorry Ozzies, but your chocolate does not taste the same!
Four years later and the stockings haven’t fallen apart and I actually love them more now than I did then. Not only am I loving all things monogram of late but I love getting them out every Christmas as it reminds me of some pretty special times.
What you’ll need:
- A4 piece of red felt
- A fabric pen
- Some material glue
- Gold glitter glue
- A wool needle
- White yarn
- A stocking template. I got mine here
What you’ll need to do:
Step 1: Place the template on the felt and trace around the shape with a fabric pen
Step 2: Cut out the shape using scissors/arts knife
Step 3: Go around the edges with fabric glue. Aim for about 1cm from the edge of the fabric so the glue doesn’t squirt out of the side. And, don’t glue the top of the stocking as you want to be able to put in a little treat from Santa
Step 4: Once the glue has dried, stitch around the edges using nice and chunky white yarn to get the rustic feel to your Christmas stocking. I mixed up the type of stitching, who knew I could do that?! I didn’t!
Step 5: Using a glitter glue pen, get creative and monogram each stocking
Step 6: Pop a little something special inside
So there you have it, a cheap and easy way to create some monogrammed Christmas loveliness