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Simple Linen & Leather Christmas Stocking | DIY

I felt it was about time for new Christmas stockings and found some beautiful simple ones on Pinterest a while back that inspired these. They were surprisingly easy which is great if you have a large family! I love that you can customize them by adding pom-poms or a large initial hanging from one side or you can even embroider a name instead of using leather to personalize them. 

Materials: 1 yd. linen (this makes two stockings), veg tan leather scraps, metal stamps, hammer, bonded tape, sewing machine.

How to: I followed this simple tutorial for the stocking shape with white linen I found at Joann fabrics. Both the inside and outside are the same white linen. I added a touch of leather stamped with names and attached them to the stocking with leather bonding tape.

They are shown here with my wood and iron ladder which is a simple Ikea hack!


Shopping Small This Holiday Season

I wanted to bring together a list of places you can shop small this holiday season. I can tell you first hand how having a small business not only changes families but communities. I'm grateful to be a part of the small business community and I love finding out about new small businesses. Thanks to everyone on instagram who chimed in and made this list what it is!

I'm splitting the shops into sections for easy browsing and even added a local Tulsa list because I'm partial to this cute city and the wonderful small businesses that make this city even better.

*most of these you can shop online too!

Let me know if I missed your favorite small business, I'll be updating the list throughout the next couple of months!


Leather & Wool Slippers DIY

Confession: I love slippers. Actually, both me and my husband LOVE slippers. No matter what season, if we're home, we're wearing slippers. My sister gave me this book a few months ago and I was instantly drawn to a section that talks about the Japanese culture of Wabi Sabi and how it is custom to remove your shoes when entering someone's home. Most homeowners have a basket of house slippers for guests to make them feel comfortable while they're visiting. I love this line: "Silly as it may seem, wearing the same footwear as everyone else can provide that feeling of belonging we often crave." 

As soon as I read it, I knew we needed a basket of slippers like this. Per usual, I turned to DIY. I stopped by a local leather shop and browsed their scrap section and got 2 large scraps for $5 and then bought a yard of synthetic wool. I imagine these materials will be enough for 10 pairs of slippers, so far I've made four in various sizes. 

 Materials: Leather scraps (approximately 3 sq. ft.), Synthetic Wool, Contact cement, Paper, Sewing Machine with leather needle or awl and thread to sew by hand.

How To: Trace a shoe on a piece of paper to create a pattern and cut out the shape. Fold a piece of printer size paper in half and cut a half-moon shape. You'll want the sides to extend 2.5 inches past your shoe shape on both sides. Trace these patterns on your leather and back side of the wool, turning the patterns over to create the opposite foot shape. Glue the leather and wool pieces together and line up the moon shape to the shoe and sew around the edge. Cut off any excess wool and thread.

 As the temperature drops and the holidays inch closer and closer, I hope these slippers help friends relax while they're here.