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diy upcycled christmas stockings

November 26, 2012

This is my first holiday with my boyfriend, Rob in our new place so I wanted to make it special. On my last thrifting trip, I found 4 wool sweaters in lovely holiday colors. I decided to turn them into Christmas stockings. This DIY requires some basic sewing skills. An old stocking serves as the pattern and different pieces of fabric are layered together to create a cute, rustic look.


  • Wool sweaters (try to use a thick sweater and some lighter ones- it’s easier than sewing all heavy sweaters together)
  • Cotton (I used the fabric leftover from this project]
  • An old stocking to use as a pattern (like this)
  • Embroidery floss for the names (if you don’t know how to embroider, you can always spell the names out in sequins]


[Machine wash and dry the sweaters- this shrinks the fabric and makes to less likely to unravel. Cut into pieces- front, back and arms separate]

[Using a pre-made stocking as a pattern cut out the front piece]

[I cut out a white piece of the sweater for the top and machine sewed it in place]

[Then I cut out a piece of the red sweater for the bottom and sewed it down]

[Then, I cut a piece of the pattern fabric and sewed it in place]

[The next step is to create the back side of the stocking]

[Place the right sides of the stocking together and sew around the sides and bottom. Turn right side out]

[Cut a piece of fabric that’s 6 inches long and 3 inches wide. Fold in half lengthwise and sew top edge closed. Turn inside out]
[Fold the tab over, place in between the 2 sides of the stocking and sew down]
[and yes…I made Christmas stocking for my cats- don’t judge =D ]
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