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
- 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:
Find an old sweater and turn that baby inside out!
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.
Trace around it with a marker and remove the paper pattern
Pin both layers of the sweater together all around the edge of the pattern
Cut out your pattern
- Keep the layers pinned!
Sew around the stocking (1/2″).
- Leave the top and several inches from the top open.
Turn right-side out and sew the unfinished edges on each side.
- You will have an unfinished seam on the outside of the stocking.
Flip the top several inches to create the classic fold.
Add your choice of hanging
- (can be a strip from the sweater – I used twine!)
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.
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