Christmas stockings.

I’ve been seeing them everywhere.

Maybe you have too?

Lots of people are hoping Santy Claus stops by with a few treats, I guess.

 #ChristmasStocking #SweaterStocking #Tutorial :: From Sweater to Stocking in 12 Easy Steps:: AnExtraordinaryDay.net

 

Although my husband and I still have our childhood Christmas stockings, I thought it would be fun to try my hand at repurposing a cable knit sweater from the thrift store… into….yes…a pair of Christmas stockings!  Karin was my inspiration.  She says her collection is approaching 150 and it seems that she may have made most of them.  Yes, I’m impressed.  And so it seems that I should be able to make at least one, too! I figured that as long as I was going to do this…I ought to take some photos along the way and put together a sudo tutorial.  One may or may not be necessary.  I see that Karin wrote a brief how-to.  You can check that out if you want.  Of course I didn’t read it before attempting my hand at a pair of repurposed Christmas stockings.  I only drooled at the lovely photo here:

 

Repurposed Sweater to Christmas Stocking

 

This was definitely a trial and error project.  All in all, it went pretty quickly and smoothly.   Just believe you can do it!

 

Sweater to Christmas Stocking in 12 Easy Steps!

First…hit your closet or stop by a thrift store for a large sweater.  I wanted a cable knit and spent $3.99 on mine.  Unfortunately I don’t have any old sweaters laying around.  We left them all in Buffalo when we moved.  If you need one…there will be plenty there.

Second…launder your sweater(s) unless they are wool.   If you’re like me you probably needed to run a load through anyway.  Kill two birds with one stone.

 

One Sweater - Two Christmas Stockings - Easy DIY Project :: AnExtraordinaryDay.net

Third…layout your freshly laundered sweater on a cutting board or table inside out and study the sweater.  My goal was to get two stockings from one sweater.  Where can you get a beautiful heavy cotton cable knit stocking for just $2.00?

Fourth…set up the sewing machine.  You might want to make sure you have some extra needles.  Someone may or may not have broken a needle.  Rookie.

Fifth…it’s helpful to have some straight pins and a scissors, too.

Sixth…make a pattern out of kraft paper or wrapping paper.  That was the tricky part.  Figuring out the shape so that I could maximize my sweater and still have a nicely shaped stocking.

Seven…no more ‘th’s.’  Lay the pattern on the sweater as you would like it…and pin it down.   The toe of my stocking actually was part of the sleeve and the ribbing became the cuff for my stocking.   Also the back of my sweater had a simple pattern which created additional interest.  I could have cut a stocking just from either the fronts or the backs.  Be creative.

Eight…you have a big choice to make now.  Cut through one layer of sweater or two.  I rolled up my sleeves…flexed my muscles and cut two.

 

Repurposed Thrift Store Sweater into Two Christmas Sweater Stockings :: AnExtraordinaryDay.net

Nine…unpin the pattern from the cut stockings and pin the stockings together without disturbing them.  Make sure the tops match perfectly.  Details!!

Ten…sew up the stockings together.  Be sure to sew in about a half an inch…it seems like a lot…trust me.  You can trim it back when you’re finished…carefully.  I used a fairly long stitch…you might want to, too.

#ChristmasStocking from Sweater :: #Tutorial :: AnExtraordinaryDay.net

 

Eleven…turn the stocking right side out and smooth and arrange the seam.  At this point you may also want to trim the edges at the top or cuff area so it looks nicely finished.

Twelve…attach a hanger to the inside of the top.  You may choose to sew on a ribbon loop, or use some of the leftover fabric for your loop.

 

DIY Christmas Sweater Stocking from a thrifted sweater

 

There you have it….

12 Easy Steps for Repurposing a Sweater into a Christmas Stocking!

 

Beautiful Christmas #SweaterStockingTutorial : AnExtraordinaryDay.net

If you’re creative and crafty, don’t hesitate to use cardigan style sweaters.  Sew to close up the front before laying out and constructing your stocking.  I’m sure there isn’t a wrong way to lay out a stocking.  You may want to add a cuff.  I thought that I would be able to fold my cuff over…but I didn’t care to have the seam allowance show.  Maybe next time I will cut the ribbed bottom off the sweater and sew it on so the seam allowance will be hidden.  That is if there is a next time.  You know how it goes.  And, it might be fun to add a fur cuff to the stocking if you want to be all fancy.

I’d love to hear all your stocking stories….ideas…and whimscal creative outcomes.

It’s not too late to make a stocking.  Santy doesn’t arrive for five more days. It only took me two hours to stumble through this project, so you have plenty of time!!

Hope you’ve been good…a lump of coal would really make a mess of your new stocking!!

Diane

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Comments

  1. Glenda Kremer says:

    thank you, thank you, thank you!!!! by next Christmas we will have 2 new members in our family–the new grandson came 10 days early this year , then our daughter is getting married in March and I have been wanting new stockings but knew it would be costly! I so love this idea and will have 13 new stockings on the fireplace next year! Lord Willing and the creek don’t rise! yes I heard that somewhere! have a very blessed and Merry Christ-centered Christmas!
    love
    Glenda Kremer

    • Yay! :D Glenda that just made my day! I’m so excited that this will help you add more lovely stockings to your collection. Congratulations again on your precious new grandchild. What a gift from God!! What a special Christmas God is already blessing you with!

  2. *laughing* Well, congratulations to Glenda! What a cool (early) Christmas prezzie that grandbaby was!

    And I adore these! I’m thinkin’ I could possibly manage this one from a stationary position IF I hand sew. And I DO have pretty, older sweaters–they shrunk dontchaknow! (so I’m told…LOL)
    I’ll have to see if I can fanniggle getting one or two up from the storage room so I can have a try.
    *laughing* I can hope!
    Very nice photos of the project, btw. Very helpful for those of us who are ‘visual learners’.

    • Oh Mel! You make me smile!!!!
      I hope you do give the sweater stockings a try. They really look great…especially for the limited amount of work.
      The photos take a bunch of time…I so glad you found that helpful!!

  3. Oh these are fantastic! I am saving this tutorial to make some for next year! Love it! Thank you for sharing this fun idea with us at TTF. I hope you and your family have a very Merry Christmas!
    Diann @ The Thrifty Groove recently posted..Thrifty Things Friday #88My Profile

    • Oh Diann, I’m so glad you liked it!!! I think it would be a great January project. Nothing like getting ahead of the game. Or am I dreaming?

  4. These are wonderful! And that is just the perfect sweater to use… they are so pretty!!
    Jennifer {StudioJRU} recently posted..door decor {creative christmas}.My Profile

    • Thank you Jennifer! I was sooo excited find that sweater as it had a pretty back as well. Now I’m wondering what I can do with the left over sleeves and the very nice ribbed turtleneck. Hmmmmm….

  5. I LOVE this idea! Thank you for sharing!

    May the peace, joy and love of the season be yours all year long!
    Laura Ingalls Gunn recently posted..Faith and Christmas MiraclesMy Profile

  6. This is such a wonderful upcycle project. It turned out lovey. Well done. Thank you for sharing at the hop xo
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  7. I love the old-fashioned look of your Christmas stockings. It’s another terrific use of old sweaters. ;)

    Thanks for linking to Time Travel Thursday. I hope you’ll link up each week. Be sure to stop in tonight to see yourself featured.

    Blessings,
    Liz @ The Brambleberry Cottage

  8. those sweaters are wonderful! Can’t wait to dig out some old sweaters and cut them up.
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    • I just know you’ll have the most fun making them into stockings! And then…you get to fill them, too!
      Thanks for popping by and leaving your warm words. :)
      Blessings!!

  9. Great idea! You don’t have to cut the ribbing and sew it back on to get a cuff that doesn’t show the seam. Start stitching just shy of the cuff measurement with right sides together as you usually would. Turn the stocking right side out, then sew your cuff with wrong sides together. When you fold it down, the stitching won’t show.

  10. I don’t sew…sooooooo….please tell me this will work if I lace them together with purty coordinating ribbons…please???

    • Hmmmm….I think if the lacing goes in far enough so that it doesn’t pull out it might work. Really Darby…why not experiment with it? It isn’t an expensive project so you have nothing to lose. If you make them that way, let me know. :)

  11. Congratulations on your feature at The Scoop! I LOVE your stockings.
    Sharon recently posted..Festive DIY Cell Phone Covers for the HolidaysMy Profile

  12. I knew I’d use my white sweater for something….thank you for the reminder! Your toot is now on my Pinterest page to inspire others…thank you!
    JP
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    • Yippee!! How fun is it that you already have one to work with. Enjoy stitching up your sweater, JP!
      Thanks for the share too!! :)
      Wishing you a Blessed Thanksgiving!

  13. I made a tutorial for doing this last year too! :) Love your sweater choice! Super cute. The cable-knit make them look so cozy!
    Katelyn recently posted..A Year of Dates: Month Seven Date NightsMy Profile

    • How fun! Great minds think alike!! :)
      Thanks for your kind words, Katelyn….I was so please I was able to find such a nice sweater at the SA. ;)
      Blessings!

  14. In a word LOVE!! another terrific up cycle. Pinning!
    JoAnn @ SweetPepperRose recently posted..Paulownia Seed Pod TreeMy Profile

  15. This turned out beautifully! I JUST bought some from JoAnns today, and the store bought ones don’t even look as nice as yours! :)
    Thank you for linking up at our Holiday link party :)
    Have a wonderful rest of the weekend!
    -Jane @ urbanejane.com
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