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I have a confession, I am apparently very picky about Christmas stockings. I have no idea why but I have a REALLY hard time finding any that I truly like.
This stressed me out a little after I redecorated my family room, which you can see here. I knew that I wanted to keep the black, white, and natural theme but I had no idea how I was going to do that.
I searched all over for inspiration. I almost bought some Hearth & Hand Stockings from Target but even though they were lovely, they weren’t quite what I was looking for. I finally decided I wanted really long, vintage-style, crocheted stockings and the only way that I was going to be able to have them is if I created them. Our bunny Cocoa helped me as you can see. You can read about our bunnies here and here.
Then I decided that I wanted leather, hand pressed name labels, just for the charm of it. In figuring out how to make them, I realized that they were near impossible to find so I thought you might like some instructions as well if you ever want to create your own.
First of all, you will need to create your stockings or purchase some. If you would like to crochet your own, I would suggest purchasing this adorable pattern from Twisted K on Etsy. Follow the pattern of your choice for the most part, just add additional length to the leg section of the stocking. Add enough so that the stocking feels excessively long.
If you would like to purchase similar stockings, the closest ones I can find are these cute ones from Ewe and Me Yarns on Amazon Handmade.
To make the labels you will need:
- Leather or faux leather strap in desired colors. I used black and tan.
- A Leather Hole Punch Tool.
- Jewelry Mini Hammer
- Number and Letter Capitol Punch Set
- Thread in Desired Colors. I used embroidery thread.
- Acrylic Paint or a Sharpie® Marker
Measure the leather to the desired length. I cut mine to 3 Inches.
Use the leather hole punch to punch a hole into each corner. Use the punch set and hammer to punch your desired name onto the leather. You may want to practice this a few times first. Hints* Start from the middle out and you can never hammer too much.
Use the Sharpie® Marker to trace the inside of the tan letters or some paint to trace the black. Wipe off the excess paint with a damp cloth or paper towel.
Sew the labels onto the stockings.
That’s it! Hang your beautiful stockings and get cozy by the warm fire…
Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays sweet friends!