How to Turn a Sweater into a Stocking {Tutorial}

DIY Sweater Christmas StockingsI 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.
Personalized Sweater Stockings for an Upcycled Christmas
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.

Cut a Christmas Stocking Template out of an Old Sweater
2. Sew the stocking {leaving the top open, of course} using about a 1/2 inch seam.

Sewing the Christmas Stocking out of the Sweater
3. The stocking will then look like this. Turn it right side out…

Sweater Christmas Stockings - Sewn with Band at Neck
and let one of your sweat shop helpers demonstrate its’ loveliness.
Upcycled Sweaters Turned Christmas Stockings
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.
Embellished Christmas Stockings from Upcycled Sweaters
Your helper will then proceed to find every old sweater she possibly can.
Save Sentimental but Outgrown Sweaters by Repurposing as Christmas Stockings
And stockings will begin to take over your life.
Red Sweater Christmas Stocking
She may then have the brilliant idea of using her sentimental baby blanket…
Repurposed Baby Blanket for Personalized Christmas Stocking
to make another gorgeous beauty.
Beautiful Christmas Stocking from Upcycled Baby Blanket
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.

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  1. 4

    Oh, I soooo love these stockings! I don’t have time to whip stockings up before this Christmas, but plan to put it on my list for next. Please keep your link up!! 🙂 Merry Christmas and thanks for sharing such a fun idea!

  2. 5

    This is adorable! A must try in my house.

  3. 6

    I am SO doing this. How fun, and a great way to use old sweaters that are not donate-worthy.