I got some really nice stockings years ago. I tried monogramming them with fusible interfacing and some fabric. It went very bad. The kind you can’t unpick, bad. So sad.
So, last year I got rid of the stockings and decided I would just make news ones this year. Fast forward to the week before Christmas 2012. The stockings were still not made! Yikes. I was tempted to put tube socks out for Santa…
But I pulled through. I honestly, didn’t get a lot of sleep or clean my house very much during the month of December. :) Every spare moment was spent sewing or crafting.
It’s a simple stocking, but I am in love with them.
They are what they look like…
Because I used such large sweaters, I just used the sleeves! You can use the body of a sweater, but by using the sleeves that frees up the body of the sweater for other projects, like maybe a sweater dress or a baby cardigan.
Want to make one?
1/3 yard of lining fabric
ribbon or leather strip
sewing machine (no serger needed)
hand sewing needle
paper, pencil, and paper cutting scissors for pattern making
*I used pictures from making several stockings, so the colors may vary from step to step.
1. Cut off and cut open your sleeves if you are using an XXL sweater.
2. Create a stocking pattern by tracing an existing stocking or just playing with a shape you like. Remember to include a 1/2 inch seam allowance. I drew a stocking shape true to the size I wanted to end up with, then added the seam allowance when I traced and cut out the stockings.
3. Trace and cut out two sweater pieces and two lining pieces.
4. Sew the sweater pieces and lining pieces to each other, right sides together. Be careful to not stretch the sweater as you sew.
5. Cut the bulk down with pinking shears.
6. Turn the sweater stocking right side out and insert it into the lining stocking (still wrong side out), so that the two stockings are right sides together.
7. Pin the two stockings together, being sure to line side seams up.
8. Sew all the way around, leaving the a small opening on the heel side side of the stocking, right at the seam.
9. Turn the stocking pieces right side out.
**Remember not to stretch the stocking when you sew. The ribbing can make this really tricky. I pushed the ribbing together as I sewed and that helped tremendously.
10. Push the lining stocking into the sweater stocking. Ladder stitch the opening closed. Go here for a tutorial on that.
11. Cut a strip of leather or a length of grosgrain ribbon, sandwich it over the heel side seam, and sew in place.
That’s it! Pretty simple, which is what I love about them.
I was only able to make three this year. I wasn’t able to find sweaters for Natalie and I that I really love, so it’s on the list for next Christmas. Hopefully, I won’t procrastinate as badly. But let’s be honest, I know I will. :)