12 Days of Handmade Christmas {Sweater Stockings} Preview

by Edie Wadsworth on October 25, 2009

Welcome to the preview of the 12 Days of Handmade Christmas Tutorials! Join me next Sunday November 1 and meet one of my favorite {new to me} bloggers. It’s a secret until then but you’re gonna love her. To give you a taste of what’s in store, I thought I’d do a tutorial on how to make sweater stockings from old sweaters.

I first saw this lovely idea at an antique store downtown. There are so many things to love about the sweater stocking. You can use old/sentimental/colorful sweaters to make the most lovely and meaningful Christmas stockings. And then embellish them with almost anything you like. There are no rules and no two need be alike.
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Start with a stocking whose design you love. I used this one {for the large size}
that I bought at the antique store. Just find a stocking you love and use it as a template.
This particular sweater was one of my favorites {from Gap} for several years and then I accidentally dried it. Its’ colorful stripes are perfect for a stocking.
1. Turn the sweater wrong side out and use the band of the sweater as the top of the stocking. Lay your template down and use a rotary cutter to cut around it leaving about 3/4inch of fabric all the way around for the seam allowance.
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2. Sew the stocking {leaving the top open, of course} using about a 1/2 inch seam.
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3. The stocking will then look like this. Turn it right side out……
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and let one of your sweat shop helpers demonstrate its’ loveliness.
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4. Embellish ’til your hearts’ content. The girls and I used felt flower pins and initials for this one. We bought these wood letters at Hobby Lobby and then spray painted them, drilled a hole in the corner and then hung them from the stocking. I used a cut piece of the arm band of the sweater as a ‘hanger’ for the stocking—-but you could use any ribbon or fabric.
Your helper will then proceed to find every old sweater she possibly can
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and stockings will begin to take over your life.
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She may then have the brilliant idea of using her sentimental baby blanket
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to make another gorgeous beauty.
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Warning: This activity is highly addictive and may result in a VERY cold winter. Hope you enjoyed and let us know if you make some stockings! No children were harmed in the making of this tutorial.
This is a teaser/sampler of what you can expect during the 12 days of handmade Christmas tutorials that begins next Sunday November 1. I’d love it if you shared this adorable little button on your blog. {Thank you Darcy}.

12 Days of Handmade Christmas


Any contributors to the ’12 Days’ who haven’t emailed me lately with a post update, please do so. I’m trying to stay kind of organized but it’s not my strong suit.
Love to all and happy crafting! Visit Kimba’s and Kim’s and Kris‘s sites for other fun DIY projects.
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1 Kelly October 26, 2009 at 6:16 pm

I can't believe you cut up the school sweater- I totally would have bought that for $5 at your tag sale! But it did make a loverly stocking.

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2 Emily October 26, 2009 at 7:23 pm

These are so amazing!

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3 Get Your Martha On October 26, 2009 at 8:10 pm

This is the perfect project – simple with big results! Love it!

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4 Stacey October 26, 2009 at 8:13 pm

Those are adorable!!! Love the striped one – I need to do this! Thanks for sharing!

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5 Darla October 26, 2009 at 8:20 pm

oh my oh my oh my, those are some tempting little stockings! i love simple ideas that are cute ta boot! i will be making these i'm afraid AND blogging about it too. thanks for the inspiration Edie! i'll be back for the button.

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6 Denise October 26, 2009 at 9:01 pm

You ought to have a Mr. Linky when this is over so that we can see what everybody makes after being inspired. Love them!

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7 Jennie October 26, 2009 at 9:03 pm

I just LOVE what you've done with the stocking after its sewed together. I LOVE the intital and bow! I am going to make these. Thanks for the GREAT idea!!

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8 Jennifer October 26, 2009 at 9:24 pm

Too cute! I am excited for your 12 Days of Handmade Christmas ideas… can't wait!! :)

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9 Carrie @ Cottage Cozy October 26, 2009 at 9:39 pm

Ooops…I'll be back for the button!

Carrie

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10 Ruth October 26, 2009 at 9:48 pm

Can't wait for the other tutorials. I love this idea. It may be a cold winter or I better run to the thrift store for sweaters. Thanks!

Ruth

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11 Denise October 26, 2009 at 10:13 pm

Loved the button, by the way! :)

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12 Kim @ NewlyWoodwards October 26, 2009 at 10:43 pm

That is so cool! Thanks for sharing.

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13 gina October 26, 2009 at 11:34 pm

Those are so cool! Grabbed the button- Can't wait.

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14 Melissa Stover October 26, 2009 at 11:54 pm

those are so beautiful!

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15 LuLu October 27, 2009 at 12:49 am

I want to come to your house and sew! I love all the stockings, they are all soooo cute. Now i need a sewing machine,
LuLu

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16 Amanda @ Serenity Now October 27, 2009 at 12:53 am

CUTE!!! These would be such a fun gift for my sister and her husband…they are newlyweds. He'll be flying helicopters in Iraq this Christmas, but next year they'll be a hit. :) Do you have a tutorial anywhere for the gorgeous fabric flowers?

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17 Sarah October 27, 2009 at 1:03 am

OOhhh, I'm so excited about all the new projects!!! God's blessings, Sarah :D

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18 Brittany October 27, 2009 at 1:35 am

This is SOOOOO cute!

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19 Crissie October 27, 2009 at 3:23 am

I shared you on Facebook Edie. The idea of a handmade Christmas is SO timely and relevant. There are so many families I know who are getting by on a lot less than they used to (ok – ME!). Taking the time to host this wonderful series is going to be a blessing to many.

xoxox

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20 Lindsey October 27, 2009 at 3:34 am

Such a cute project, exactly what I was looking for! :-) Thanks!

I linked this up to my Creative Mamas Monday blog hop:

http://kindredspiritreviews.blogspot.com/2009/10/how-to-make-flower-clips-creative-mamas.html

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21 cindy October 27, 2009 at 11:30 am

Those are so cute! We may have some new stockings hanging on the fp this year! I can't wait to see what you have planned for us. xoxo Cindy

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22 Sheri October 27, 2009 at 1:41 pm

Gosh I wish you were my neighbor! I love these. I just donated a ton of sweaters to the Homeless Shelter. I suppose they needed them more than I needed new stockings!

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23 Molly October 27, 2009 at 3:54 pm

I love that! What a neat way to upcycle old sweaters! I am going to raid my closet now! Can't wait for Sunday!
~Molly P

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24 Richella October 27, 2009 at 7:33 pm

So cute. So very, very cute. And what a wonderful idea to use the cuff of the sweater for the opening to the stocking. So little sewing, such ease of preparation, so much scope for imagination. Lovely!

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25 Astrid October 27, 2009 at 8:53 pm

Very cute stockings! I just love the idea of turning sentimental blankets or sweaters into something else.

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26 Mrs. Dunbar October 27, 2009 at 10:06 pm

Can't wait for your 12 days of (handmade) Christmas. I need all the help I can get.
Hugs to you!

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27 Julie October 27, 2009 at 11:58 pm

These are great! I am thinking about just going to the thrift store and buying some wool sweaters to do this! It will still be inexpensive and I won't have to part with any of my favorites!!! :) Great idea!!

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28 patty October 28, 2009 at 12:50 am

love this edie! and to think of all those saved stitches of knitting! :)

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29 Kimm at Reinvented October 28, 2009 at 12:58 am

Oh my goodness, I LOVE those! My mind is swirling with ideas. I'm taking that button over to my blog right now!!

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30 Mandi Shandi October 28, 2009 at 1:10 am

Got the button, and am gonna make those stockings ASAP. They are gonna be just the touch for my whimsical fireplace this year. I can't wait for the 12 days!!

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31 Kasey Hunt October 28, 2009 at 3:59 pm

That is amazing. what a great idea. Thanks for the tip.

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32 do it yourselfer October 28, 2009 at 6:13 pm

Oh MY! Those are adorable! I think me and my girls will do the same. I have a pile of old sweaters in the good will box right now. Thanks!

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33 Kristy October 29, 2009 at 1:57 am

LOVE THEM!!!!! Now if I could only sew!

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34 All Things Southern October 29, 2009 at 2:23 pm

Those are so cute, you are so talented. I couldn't even begin to do that. Check out my blog today, I blogged about you and your wonderful blog. God bless you and your family.

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35 Beth@The Stories of A to Z October 29, 2009 at 2:30 pm

These are adorable!

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36 Wes and Tracy October 29, 2009 at 3:34 pm

They both turned out so cute, but I really love the striped one. How cute.

Blessings, Tracy

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37 Carol October 29, 2009 at 3:37 pm

Edie~

It's official! You're just too much. I love these stockings. Thank you for such a fun and easy project.

Blessings,
Carol

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38 Jennifer Poppy October 29, 2009 at 4:51 pm

I was just thinking today that I needed to find a stocking template for this Christmas. Thanks!

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39 anhesty October 29, 2009 at 8:50 pm

these are great! thanks for posting this. i will def do this for this year. been wanting to change up my stockings for this xmas. amazing job!

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40 Rhoda @ Southern Hospitality October 29, 2009 at 11:44 pm

Edie, what an adorable project, love what you did with the old sweaters.

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41 Aunt Grits a.k.a Maggi October 30, 2009 at 12:08 am

Awesome!!!

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42 Darla October 30, 2009 at 5:32 am

please go look at my sweater stockings that you inspired! i had sooo much fun doing them and i plan to make more! thanks.

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43 Robyn October 31, 2009 at 2:12 pm

ohhhh such a super fabulous idea!

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44 Valerie October 31, 2009 at 4:54 pm

I posted about your blog on mine, because I LOVE the Stocking idea, and I love all things handmade. This is inspiring and I thank you for it!
http://www.infaithandpurity.blogspot.com

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45 Rachel November 2, 2009 at 9:30 pm

Those stockings are adorable! I love them! Thanks for sharing your inspiration & super easy-to-follow instructions!

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46 Amber November 3, 2009 at 11:43 pm

Great idea! I love using sweaters and clothes that have meaning to make your own personalized stockings. And how much more fun for your kids than store bought versions!

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47 Hope November 9, 2009 at 1:37 pm

I put your cute little 12 days of Christmas button on my blog! I lurked your blog all weekend, snuggled up sipping tea and enjoying myself. SO warm and inviting…I just wannna move in!Thank you!

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48 Lauren November 9, 2009 at 8:37 pm

I found your blog through Darby's and am LOVING the 12 Days of Handmade Christmas! I am trying to make homemade stockings this year and you have inspired me!!!

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49 Jana December 1, 2009 at 1:39 am

These are adorable!

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50 disa January 5, 2010 at 5:50 pm

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