This is a sponsored post brought to you from Tom’s of Maine through my participation in the Tom’s of Maine Goodness Circle. For this post I was provided compensation. All thoughts and opinions are, as always, my own.
When it comes to requests for Christmas gifts to purchase for me, I’m always the person that asks for things that are totally practical. My grandmother, my Mimmie, would ask me what I wanted and after too many times of me saying “panties and socks” she just started sending me money. Let me buy my own drawers, I suppose :)
When it comes to stuffing stockings I like for things to be useful and practical, too. Now you can’t shove a robot vacuum (thanks so much, Rob, BEST early Christmas present, EVER!) in a traditionally sized stocking, and especially not in the small ones I made today but you know what you can fill these cuties with? Lots of good stuff from Tom’s of Maine!
And now I’m going to totally switch gears to tell you that I pretty much have the best dad in the world. When I called him and told him that Whole Foods is selling travel sized, mini Tom’s of Maine Toothpastes he had no problem running out and getting me a few for our upcoming Christmas vacation trip and then mailing to me so I could get them all packed up in my travel case. While Daddy was picking those up for me he also sent me a few more tubes just to stuff my stockings with. Sweet, right? Plus since he was already at Whole Foods and in the right aisle, he grabbed few more items from Tom’s of Maine he thought would also go well in some DIY stockings we had talked about on the phone. Seriously the greatest dad ever, right? Right!
With those handy little Tom’s of Maine goodies I did finally draw up a pattern and put it in motion for my small felt stockings that, I have to tell you, I wound up loving so much. So without further ado, I’d like to share with you how to make these super cute small felt stockings out of super inexpensive materials that are the PERFECT size to hold some of the necessities of life like toothpaste and lip balm and deodorant. Want to see how?
For this project you will need:
- Acrylic craft felt, 2 pieces per stocking
- Yarn for pompoms and tassels
- Hot glue and/or embroidery floss and needle
- Free printable stocking pattern (print one per stocking)
- Sharp scissors
- Spray adhesive
First thing you’ll need to print off your free pattern for these small stockings. Printed at 100% you’ll have a stocking that easily holds several smaller items like lip balms, essential oils, pairs of tweezers, etc. as well as a bar of soap, a new toothbrush and a travel sized tube of Tom’s of Maine.
Spray a small amount of spray adhesive onto the back side of your printable pattern. Allow the glue a moment to become tacky and press onto the back side of the felt sheet (the one with the sticker for the price, most usually). Using very sharp scissors trim through the pattern and felt to cut out the stocking shape.
Using hot glue attach your stocking cut out onto another piece of felt (you can use the felt better than me! right smack in the middle doesn’t make for good pieces for the craft stash but move it toward a corner and you’ll save a lot of felt you can use for other projects!). If you’ll be sewing the blanket stitch around the edges of each stocking be sure to run your line of hot glue in a bit further than your stitches will reach to keep your needle from getting stuck in the adhesive if you stitch. If you’re going no-sew, glue all the way, baby, then glue right to the edge of the stocking cut out.
Using those sharp scissors, again, trim the back piece of felt to match the front stocking shaped piece. See how it’s the perfect size for a tube of travel toothpaste?
Now if you need a larger stocking, you can enlarge the pattern and do just that and use more of your piece of craft acrylic felt OR you can even purchase felt by the yard for even bigger pieces. Just be sure to make your stocking the right size for your stocking stuffers!
Using some of that felt scrap cut out one rectangular shape for each stocking.
Either stitch or glue on this piece at the top and the bottom of the rectangle near the top of the back of your stocking. I went glue because it’s fast and easy! This scrap needs to remain open on the left and right side because it is going to act as your hanger.
If adding a blanket stitch around the edge to fancy up your design do that now.
Now raid that craft stash for any fun and colorful yarn you might have that desperately needs a purpose. Create pompoms and tassels to adorn your stockings.
If you need help, here is how to make Pompoms with a branded pompom maker and here you’ll find how to make smaller pompoms with a fork. And right on over here you’ll learn the basics of making tassels.
See that big bottle of Tom’s of Maine mouthwash? It’s too big for these stockings so I guess I’ll just have to put it next to my bathroom sink. Just FYI so you don’t expect it will fit because it’s there because it totally won’t :)
For me I liked the look of 2 pompoms and 1 tassel per stocking. Place them as you’d like them on your stocking and we’ll now tack them onto the front side of it.
The easiest method is going to be to simply run your needle and thread around the yarn near the top of the stocking. Make many stitches and for some of them run the needle straight through the yarn.
Trim the excess yarn above your neatly stitched area.
If you don’t sew, you can also glue these pieces in place. I’d suggest staying away from the hot glue that can create ugly blobs and work with something more like Tacky Glue that will dry clear and not burn your fingers! If you do find you have a “blob” of glue to cover, you can add another pompom glued straight on top of your mark or you can add an artificial flower or a bow!
Grab the good business and get these stockings stuffed! The toes are the perfect hide out for smaller items. I’ve got lip balm and essential oils and lip balms down there in mine.
The middle is the perfect size for a full sized bar of Tom’s of Maine soap.
And near the top you have plenty of room for a few more items, including a tube of travel sized Tom’s of Maine Fresh Mint Toothpaste.
And remember you can grab those super convenient travel sized tubes at Whole Foods.
Run a rope or a ribbon through the holders on the back sides of your stockings to easily hang these guys on the wall.
So cute, right? And, yet, so helpful all full of necessary goodies like toothpaste and soap and the like, right?!? I’m in stuffed stocking Heaven, y’all :)
Thanks again to Tom’s of Maine for including us in the 2017 Goodness Circle, providing us with awesome Tom’s of Maine products and supporting Dream a Little Bigger with this sponsored post!Written by Allison Murray - Visit Website