From Dish Towels to Farmhouse Stockings: My Dollar Store DIY


Happy Thursday, Friends! Today I'm joining some new friends at My Dollar Store DIY for a monthly challenge. Everyone loves dollar store projects, and today I'll show you how to create these cute farmhouse style stockings from dish towels!  


DIY Farmhouse stockings


Ready to make your own? Here's what you'll need: 

2 dollar store dish towels

Postal wrapping paper

3-4" of ribbon or lace for hanging loop

Tiny clothespins (I found mine in the craft department at Dollar Tree.)

Greenery sprig 


DIY Dollar store stockings


When shopping for the dish towels, don't forget to check out the backs--which is what I used for the star stocking. (I held on to the cute wine graphic for a future project!) You can select two of the same pattern or use one pattern for the front and one for the back to create a reversible stocking like I did. 


DIY Farmhouse stockings


First, use a stocking you have on hand and create a paper pattern by tracing it onto the postal wrapping paper. Line up the top edge of the stocking pattern with the hemmed edge of the dish towel you want as the front of the stocking. Pin it to the towel and cut out the stocking. Next, place the cut stocking piece right side down (right sides together) on the second dish towel, again lining up the hemmed edges that will be at the top of the stocking. (This step is important because it eliminates having to hem the opening of the stocking!) 


DIY Farmhouse Stockings


If you're new to sewing, don't let this photo scare you off--you can do it! I promise it takes less time to sew the stocking than it took me to write the tutorial. Since the top of the stocking is already hemmed, you are basically going to sew one seam following the outline of the stocking. Before you start stitching, cut a piece of ribbon or lace that will serve as the stocking's hanger. Fold it in half and place it inside the two stocking pieces, at the outer edge as pictured. This is the top right edge of the stocking, with the stocking's toe being the left bottom. (As you stitch the two stocking pieces together, the hanging loop will be stitched too.) 


DIY Farmhouse Stockings


Leaving the hemmed top open, stitch the stocking pieces together from the top right around the outer edge, following the curve of the stocking. When you finish sewing, trim excess fabric from the stitched edge to about 3/8". For example, in the photo above, the fabric doesn't require trimming--if it's much wider, trim it, but be careful not to cut into the stitches.


DIY Farmhouse Stockings


Trim any excess thread, and turn your stocking right side out. Pressing it on a low temperature will help it lay nice and flat. Last, trim your stocking by using a tiny clothespin to clip on a sprig of greenery! Voila--$2 stockings!



DIY Farmhouse stockings


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Farmhouse Stockings


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15 comments:

  1. Great idea! I love not having to hem the top - that's the part I never liked!
    😊Cecilia

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  2. These are super chic! I wish I could sew because I love how this turned out.

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  3. So cute! I might have to pull out my sewing machine to whip up a few of these!

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  4. I love these! I can't believe those are dish towels! Can you teach me how to sew? I have a sewing machine collecting dust over at my house! :)

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  5. What a great idea! These would make great "gift bags." We have used good-sized Christmas stockings for baked goods for shut-ins at our church; I never realized how many cookies, small breads, pre-packed pudding, fudge, etc. you could cram in!!! Sounds like a lot of readersd never got to take home ec!

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  6. That's adorable! I think I might try making tiny ones to use as Christmas ornaments :)

    xo,
    rue

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  7. This is a great tutorial, I'd love to try to make my own stockings. And making them Dollar Store dish towels is a dun idea too!

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  8. Cute and easy idea. I have made many needlepoint Christmas stockings, my own designs I draw up. Used to sell for $25 each!

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  9. Those are really cute! I need to head to the dollar store!

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  10. LOVE how your stocking turned out, Cecilia! I don't think my Dollar Tree has such cute towels, but I'll be popping in to double-check :)

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  11. Cute stockings. I have not been to Dollar Tree in a long time. Need to pay them a visit. I don't hang stockings anymore, but they make cute decorations.

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  12. Very cute! I need to make a trip to Dollar Tree soon.

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  13. Such a clever idea! Look how cute those stockings are!! Love the dish towels you can score at the Dollar Store - endless possibilities! Thanks for joining us :)

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