This has definitely been the craft I have been most looking forward to. Shawn thought up the idea of creating stockings out of sweaters one day, so I head over to trusty old Pinterest to find some inspiration. I found some, here.
We went to a thrift store firstly, and found some sweaters we liked. These were $5 and $6 each so it’s a nice inexpensive craft! Don’t forget to give your sweaters a good wash (or two!) before sewing, ours smelt a bit funky.
All you need is:
- A sweater, or two, depending how many patterns you want
- A sewing machine
- Good fabric scissors
Firstly, you need to cut out your stencil. Remember to make your outline a bit larger than you want your finished product.
Pin down your cut out paper stocking on the part of the sweater you want to use. The bottom of the sweater makes a great opening hole for your stocking!
For my first stocking, I chose to cut off the toe and heal, so that I could use the second sweater fabric to mix it up a bi. I also ended up cutting the top brim off, and using the grey from the other sweater instead. The you need to cut out your toe and heel shapes from the other material, but again make them just a touch larger than the ones your tracing around.
Now pin them on like this. Make sure both fabrics are the right way round.
Now sew the heel and toe pieces to your large piece. Then flip the stocking so that the inside of the fabric is on the outside. Sew up all around the outside, leaving about 1/2 an inch from the edge. Once its all sewn up, flip it so that the stocking is no longer inside out! It might need a bit of adjusting, mine sure did 😉 I was actually so bummed with how it was looking that I got really lazy with taking photos, which is why this area lacks some – sorry!
But they turned out alright in the end! I made the second one just plain, using one sweater. Which was much easier.
Here they are hung up on our wall! Pretty cute hey? If you’re a better sewer than me (not hard to be) then you’ll find this craft a lot less frustrating, and actually super fun! Enjoy!
12 days until christmas here in Australia!!