I may have recently become obsessed with the latest trend in DIY decor. Mud Cloth. I love it! As I am going on this journey of fixing up our house I find myself leaning more toward things that are impactful yet simplistic and Mud Cloth is exactly that. So how to incorporate this into your Christmas decor, you may ask? How about some easy, no-sew DIY mud cloth stockings?
If I’m being completely honest with you guys, with the holidays quickly approaching and the never-ending projects we have going around the house money is tight. I know that there are pre-made mud cloth stockings out there that someone, with way more skill at a sewing machine than I, has lovingly handcrafted. I love that! However, as badly as I would like to pay for those stockings and support those loving hands that created them, unfortunately, finances don’t always allow that.
So, I decided while we are trying to save a little money so that one day we can support all the artists, I would share with you how you can get your very own mud cloth stockings, at least until you can save up some money to buy the real ones.
- Tulip fabric paint pen
- String ( optional- I made my own tassels )
Step 1: Find a stocking. I got mine from Canvas Corps and Co. Or if you are crafty with a sewing machine you could sew your own. I don’t have a sewing machine so I opted for the ready-made version.
Step 2: Make a grid. Using a ruler and a pencil map out a grid on your stocking. How you grid off your stocking may depend on the design you want to do. For the pattern I wanted I created this stencil (above) from a Sherwin-Williams paint chip. It’s generally best to go into this with a plan so I recommend sketching it out first on paper. In the photo above, you see my sketch of my plan for this stocking.
Step 3: Paint. I found a multi-pack of paint pens from Joann’s but I like the brush tip pen the best. Authentic African Mud Cloth is painted or drawn by hand so imperfections are welcome. The cool part about African Mud cloth is that each marking represents a story. I wanted all of mine to look different and tell their own story. I found it immensely helpful to sketch them all on paper before starting.
Step 4: Let it sit. Dry time depends on the type of fabric paint pen that you use. Mine didn’t require a heat set but did require 24 hours for the paint to dry. I could tell when applying it was pretty smudgy as you could see on my stencil a few photos up. So be sure to read the instructions for whatever paint you use.
Step 5: Erase. Now that your paint is all dry, using an eraser, erase all your pencil markings and guidelines. Note: White erasers tend to work better as colored erasers may leave a stain. I also noticed when I erased mine the stocking would bead up a little bit so, I used the old razor trick and shaved off any pilled up sections of the fabric. Just like you would for an old sweater.
Step 6: Embellish. I added a tassel to the loop of my stockings but why stop there? What about some ball fringe or rick-rack on the edge of the cuff?
Step 7: Hang… and you’re done! Hang those puppies up by the fire for The Big Man to stuff on Christmas Eve. Don’t have a fireplace? You can also use them as door hangers.
I love how these came out and they were pretty simple to complete. They are no artisan conversation piece but they will look cute on my mantel while I dream of sugar plums and mud cloth waiting for Christmas day.