This past weekend while busting out the Christmas decor, I realized that we don’t have any stockings! Rather than purchase some from a local store, I decided to put an old sweater to good use and DIY our own. I tend to like a more “cozy” and “worn” feel (read: imperfect) so lucky for me, this worked out well! And when the project was finished, I was more than happy with the outcome. Check ’em out!
Call me a too-proud mama, but I am loving these stockings! They may not be perfect, but they are made with love 🙂 This is a much better use for this old sweater from taking up space in my closet, since I didn’t plan on ever wearing it again. Read on for the “how-to”!
PunkWife’s DIY Stockings
- old sweaters (I used one long sweater which yielded 4 stockings, but if you have short sweaters, you may need two)
- sewing machine and thread
- A bottle of cabernet* (see note)
(*Note: I’d like to go on record and state that I am NOT a sewer. I have no legitimate skills, and was using a vintage sewing machine that was a huge battle and one that would constantly, when I was mid-sew, decide to launch the thread spool into the air and unravel it. What I’m saying is, if I can do it, you can do it. And if you start freaking out about your lack of sewing skills, well, that’s what the cabernet is for.)
The DIY Steps:
First, turn your sweater INSIDE OUT and lay it on the floor, nice and flat:
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Then, place a stocking you already own on top and trace the shape with your marker:
Use the pins to secure the front and back sides of the sweater in place, just outside the area you traced…
Now, sew along the lines you marked off earlier. (If you are a newbie to sewing or are working with an old machine, this is where you slug your cabernet.) Once the sewing is complete, cut out your stocking, just outside the area you have sewn:
Now for the moment of truth – turn the stocking right-side out…
Sidenote: I asked Greg to come hold this up for me so I could get a good shot of the stocking. I don’t have man hands, for those who were wondering. Here’s another one:
Now, use this stocking to trace out another one onto your sweater, and repeat the whole process again!
Since my sweater was extra long I was able to get four out of it – two regular size for me and Greg, and two smaller ones for our fur babies, Marcus and Bear!
I’m in LOVE with ow cute theirs came out, since I was able to incorporate the buttons that ran down the front of my sweater! Since I didn’t have an edge to work with for the smaller ones, I used another part of the sweater to wrap around the top:
And because me and my sewing machine were on the outs at this point, I simply pinned the finished pieces to the top:
And the last step in my franken-stockings was something to hang them. I grabbed an old gift bag that I wasn’t crazy about, and used the handles:
Pushed them through a hole in each of the stockings upper-left corners (you can see them in the pic below), and tied them so they were secure: