So, you know me, there's no way I'm going to the store to buy new stockings. Not when I can make them for super cheap! Here's the lowdown:
I found this vintage sweater at the thrift store with this amazing pearl collar. It even has a label that says "The Denver" (where we live). I've never made a stocking before, but I have made pillows out of sweaters before, so how hard could it be?
I traced the outline of one of our old stockings onto the sweater turned inside out, making sure to position it so that the collar is at the top.
I also made a liner out of some scrap material, again using the old stocking as a guide.
The first cut of the sweater:
Finishing touches: I cut some of the finished seam off of the extra sweater pieces to make a loop. Just hand sewed that on. Then I turned the stocking right side out and hung it on the mantel. Success! I love how the label is part of the design!
The next day I made on for my man out of a more man-ish sweater. It's still a woman's sweater, but has a nice chunky cable knit and no beads. :) I used the same technique but didn't put in a liner and I used the waist band of the sweater as the top of the stocking.
|Looks like I need to vacuum up those fabric scraps!!|
|Pay no attention to my hand. I couldn't get the stocking to hang the right way for the photo.|