Monday, December 5, 2011

Simple Sweater Stockings

This year I decided to switch up my holiday decor colors. For the longest time they were deep red and gold. Lovely and elegant, but I wanted something different. So I decided to follow the theme of my everyday colors in my living room which are blue, white and silver.

Changing the ornaments on the tree wasn't hard. But when I came across stuff like my tree skirt and stockings, I knew I had to get creative because I was not going to pay a bunch of money to replace something I used only once a year. Having just created my sweater pillows I had the brilliant idea to make some stockings out of sweaters as well. And I love how they turned out!

This project couldn't have been easier. Basically, I went to Goodwill and found a few sweaters I liked. I try to get all men's sizes or large women's sizes. At home, I washed and dried the sweaters in high heat in order to shrink the sweaters a little. Then I turned the sweaters inside out, took my old red stocking and laid it on top of the sweater with the cuff of the stocking lined up with the lower edge of the sweater.

Then I took my sharp fabric scissors and, eyeballing a half inch seam allowance, cut the sweater out around the stocking. Then I sewed around all the cut edges, leaving the cuff open. Turn the new sweater stocking right side out and VOILA! A new stocking! (It's hanging a little wonky in the pic below. I promise it looks like an actual stocking in real life!)

You can keep the stocking as is or you can add a bit of coordinating fabric to the cuff part like I did. I basically just wrapped the plaid fabric around the cuff to get an approximate length, then I tucked half of it inside the stocking and pinned it before turning the stocking inside out again to sew the plaid fabric on.

I did the same process with a pretty white sweater and a piece of grey fleece. This is what they look like hanging above the fireplace. I really like how they turned out and it was SUPER easy!

Has anyone else made some super easy stockings? I'd love to see them! Send me a link...

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