Make Custom Monogram Stockings with Cricut Iron-On
For years For our Entire married life, our little family has had mismatched Christmas stockings. It’s always something I’ve meant to fix, but just never have. About 10 years back I decided I would make us cute matching stockings. It didn’t go quite how I planned and I only finished two of the four we needed at the time. Then our youngest daughter arrived, bringing the total mismatched stockings to 5. About three years ago I finally decided what kind of stockings I wanted. And finally this year I found 5 that matched what I saw in my head, almost. The stocking base was right but they needed names or initials. Easy enough! I could add the names myself. I used my new Cricut Easy Press, and some sparkly gold glitter Iron-on Vinyl to create a lovely monogram letter for my matching stockings and the best part is that it only took me 16 years 30 minutes!
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Supplies needed to make Glitter Monogram Initial Stockings:
- Christmas Stockings
- Glitter Iron-On Vinyl
- Easy Press, Heat Press or Iron
- Iron-On Protective Sheet
- Cricut Cutting Machine (I used my Cricut Maker)
- Towel or Heat resistant Surface
Design the monogram letter you want for your stockings. I used Cricut Font “Elegant Cakes” to make my stockings. You can use my Design space link HERE and change the initial to the letter you need or you can choose any font you like. I wanted one that was nice and curly, but not too fancy. For my stockings, I needed the letters to be 2.5 inches by 2.5 inches. Yours might need to be bigger, or smaller depending on the stockings you want to put them on. Change the letter size as needed in design space.
Cut the initial with your Cricut Machine. Remember to select the “Mirror” option for iron-on so your letter isn’t backward when you turn it over to iron it on!
Iron on the Monogram initial. Because my stockings were knit sweater stockings, I wasn’t sure exactly how they would hold up to the Easy Press, and the Iron-on Vinyl. The information sheet that comes with the Easy press didn’t have a setting for this kind of material. I searched but could find very little information on using a heat transfer vinyl on a knit material. I used an old sweater with material as close to the material on my stockings as I could find to experiment a little bit on and this is what I found:
Place a small folded towel under the cuff of the stocking before you Iron.
Use the protective iron-on sheet to add a little extra protection and help distribute the heat as evenly as possible on the uneven bumpy knit fabric.
I thought lower heat would be the safest, but the iron-on doesn’t adhere to the knit without higher temperatures.
I found that setting my easy press to 340° F and holding for 30 seconds worked the best to adhere the vinyl.
If you peel the liner off of the iron-on and it doesn’t look like it’s adhered as well as it should, place the protective sheet back over the initial (without the liner) and press it again for about 5-10 seconds.
I love the elegant simplicity of the creamy knit sweater stockings, with the beautiful glittery gold iron-on initials. I’m thinking about making little ornament embellishments to hang from each, something that would be simple to change year to year depending on my mood and current style but I’m not sure what yet.
My beautiful mantel is in storage, sadly. Long story short, our home is currently on the market and I just couldn’t leave my mantel behind with the house when it sells. My dad built my mantel for me, and it may be the last one he ever makes. So it’s sitting in a storage unit right now, waiting for our new home. I still needed to hang the stockings, and I still wanted them over the fireplace, so I had to improvise. I stained a 6″ board and added pretty matching knobs. Then I stuck it to the wall with some Command strips (Do you love those as much as I do?!). It’s a great temporary solution to my lack of mantel for hanging the stockings I think. With the command strips, it won’t even leave any wall damage to fix when we leave!
Isn’t that gold glitter so pretty on the white sweater stockings?
I’m loving the cleaner, more neutral metallics this year! I used to love the bright reds and greens more but my tastes have slowly been evolving over the years to the more metallic rustic-glam style.
I like the natural woods, and I don’t think you can ever have too much glitter! It’s fun to look back at old pictures and through old boxes of decorations and see how my tastes have changed. Do you decorate for the holidays with a more traditional red and green? or do you have a different style?