10 Easy Steps to Homemade Christmas Stockings

With Christmas on the way, I’ve been thinking about the many memories and holiday traditions my parents shared with me as I grew.

I decided that nothing is better than having your own, homemade Christmas stocking. I’ve had one for as long as I can remember and now that I have a child of my own, I wanted to keep that tradition going.

I am not near as handy with a needle and thread as my mother was, but I still wanted it to be homemade. That’s when I decided to make a darling stocking out of an old Christmas sweater!

What you’ll need:

  • An old sweater
  • Marker
  • Pins
  • Scissors
  • Sewing Machine
  • Twine/ribbon (optional!)

I love how it was so quick, easy, and budget friendly. I’m in no way a sewing expert, and I may not even be using the right terminology, but here is my easy version of the sweater stocking.

Make a Christmas Stocking out of an Old Sweater:

  1. Find an old sweater and turn that baby inside out!

  2. Pin a stocking shape to your sweater (this step is optional!)

    • (this can be printed on paper, or drawn to size). If drawn, be sure to give an extra 1/2″ around the edge for seam allowance.LRM_EXPORT_619614950186757_20180912_202519622
  3. Trace around it with a marker and remove the paper patternLRM_EXPORT_619497696089823_20180912_202322368

  4. Pin both layers of the sweater together all around the edge of the patternLRM_EXPORT_619472105197280_20180912_202256777

  5. Cut out your pattern 

    • Keep the layers pinned!
  6. Sew around the stocking (1/2″).

    • Leave the top and several inches from the top open.
  7. Turn right-side out and sew the unfinished edges on each side.

    • You will have an unfinished seam on the outside of the stocking.LRM_EXPORT_619384222022314_20180912_202128894
  8. Flip the top several inches to create the classic fold.LRM_EXPORT_620494520724182_20180912_203959193

  9. Add your choice of hanging

    • (can be a strip from the sweater – I used twine!)LRM_EXPORT_619274356328970_20180912_201939028
  10. Embellish to your heart’s content!

    • I plan to embroider names on the top folds. I was also able to get 2 stockings out of 1 sweater – WOOT!

Christmas stockings were such a fun tradition growing up so I’m excited to keep this tradition going with my new little family. They may not be perfect, but I love them anyway.

We want to see your finished stockings! Here in the Mommies Corner we believe strongly in Community and we would love to hear about experiences of raising a baby from all the Mothers, Fathers, Single Parents, Foster Parents, Aunties, Uncles, Grandparents, LGBT Parents and more.

Send your stockings and stories to editor@millennialreader.com!

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