December 8, 2011

Christmas Stockings Made from Sweaters


As many of you already know, we added two adorable new members to our family this year.


Which means we were in need of two adorable new stockings.  So I made some out of thrift store sweaters!

I laid the sweater inside out on the table.



And put a stocking I already had on top.



I traced the shape and pinned it so that the front and back of the sweater wouldn't shift while sewing.


And then I machine stitched on the lines before cutting so that the sweater won't unravel. Then I cut around the stitches.



 And turned the stocking right side out.


And then, just like everything else a mommy of twins does, I did the same thing all over again!


I hung the stockings on an extra baluster I found on the basement. I just drilled some holes in it and hung it on some removable adhesive command hooks so that I can remove the whole thing after Christmas!



I can hardly wait to fill them with small gifts on Christmas Eve!

How is your Christmas decorating coming?  Have you made anything Christmassy lately?  Feel free to share a link in the comments below to share your own Christmassy crafts...I'd love to see them!

70 comments:

  1. What a cute idea!!! I would love to try this out- maybe next year! :)
    Here is a link from my blog to a decorated star I did this year:
    http://www.homeandheartstrings.com/2011/12/christmas-decor-for-church-function.html

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  2. They look awesome! I have some sweaters that I don't wear anymore...but can't seem to get fox of them. This will be a great way to keep them around.

    I'd love for you to link up & share: http://tutusandteaparties.blogspot.com/2011/12/satin-flower-tutorial.html?m=1

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  3. Oops, wrong link: http://tutusandteaparties.blogspot.com/2011/12/pinteresting-link-party-week-sixteen.html

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  4. Wow! What a cute idea. Thanks for sharing :)

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  5. So cute! You can use sweaters that have sentimental value but can't be worn anymore or cute sweaters from the thrift store. Love it!!!!!

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  6. What a great idea... you make it look so easy! I just bought (full price!!) stockings for to update for my newest little guy. I will keep this in mind when they fall apart! Thanks!

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  7. This is a great idea! It looks so easy!

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  8. What a great idea. I love that you found interesting patterns and weaves in the sweaters you used. I've hung on to a sweater for almost 2 years now to make it into a cushion. I really need to just get it done!

    Here's a link to the sideboard display I put together and the plates I drew on with a sharpie for some DIY Christmas art: http://gracie-senseandsimplicity.blogspot.com/2011/12/its-christmastime-in-our-dining-room.html

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  9. These are adorably cozy :) Very clever!

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  10. They are so cute. I can't believer how simple they are either. I bet they'd charge a fortune for something like that in the shops.

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  11. I like the way you hung your stockings. How clever. We decided to hang ours on our stairs instead of the mantel this year. I'm writing a post about that tomorrow over at:
    http://controllingcraziness.blogspot.com/

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  12. LOVE!!! They are so cute and you did an awesome job!!

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  13. You are so clever! Also, energetic. With all those babies!

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  14. We love this idea! we've re-blogged it with a link to your blog.
    http://tumblewee.wordpress.com/2011/12/08/diy-christmas-from-the-blog-world/
    meg & ash @ tumblewee.com

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  15. cute socks, cute kids and cute Christmas crafts.
    happy holidays !!

    http://colorandharmony.wordpress.com/2011/12/06/handmade-christmas-part-1/

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  16. Oh my I love this. wish I found this before I went out and bought new stockings.

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  17. I can't help but notice the crocheted white stocking with the red roses. I crocheted stockings for the whole family when the children were small, and this is the one I made for me! Who made yours?

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  18. Hi Jane. I bought that one at a thrift store when my oldest daughter was a baby. How cool that we have the same stocking!

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  19. Oh, so cute!
    I love simple things.
    You are very creative.
    Congratulations, your home it's beautiful!
    Happy Holidays!

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  20. Brilliant! If only I knew how to use a sewing machine :) I just bought a personalized pink stocking for my baby. I'm using 3M Command products to hang them though, as well as my Christmas lights inside the window - LOVE those products!

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  21. So cute and sweet! Your twins are adorable. I've been making some Christmas things if you want to take a peek I'd be delighted. http://paperblossoms.blogspot.com Hugs....

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  22. What a GREAT idea! You have inspired me to re-purpose my old sweaters. I've got a few good ideas on my blog if you like to take a peek. I would be delighted.www.planningmakesperfect.wordpress.com

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  23. Love the stockings out of sweaters! So cute! Here is my new blog that is full of fun crafts! www.craftymomz.blogspot.com.

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  24. This is totally adorable. I'm going to have to share this one. I like the one with the buttons down the front the best.

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  25. that was a stroke of genius cutting before sewing - thanks - love your Christmassy house - and wish I had your organised brain

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  26. Wow! The stockings you made from thrift store sweaters look AMAZING! Nicely done!

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  27. This is awesome!!!! I am so glad you shared this and I stumbled upon it. Easy and adorable, coordinating but not matchy matchy. And if I get started on it now, I will have 4 done by next Christmas!
    Thanks!
    Jess

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  28. I love it! I just stumbled upon your blog from the rag quilt that was on pinterest. I'm so glad I found you! Live all the great ideas! Thank you for being perfectly imperfect (like me). I appreciate it!

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  29. I love, love, love these stockings! I can't wait to make some for my family. My question is - How did you make/attach the little loops to hang the stockings with? I see that they're on there, of course, but that part is not in the tutorial. I don't know very much about sewing at all (last time I made something was in Home Ec 25 years ago!). Any info/instructions you could provide would be greatly appreciated!

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  30. So cute. I love sweaters, I buy them at thrift store and yard sales. I plan to make a garland out of mini stockings. Thanks for the inspiration ! Found you through Pinterest..

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  32. oh my gosh, SO smart! glad I found you on Pinterest

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  33. WOW! I saw this post yesterday and just had to run to Goodwill to find a sweater to try it with today! I'm so excited! I love the way it came out and am looking forward to making many more this Christmas season! Thank you so much for sharing!! :O)

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  34. I LOVE these stockings. So much so, that I posted your blog info on mine today. Thank you for such a great idea and such a neat blog.

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  35. I want to do stockings this year for the first time, and I think I will make them from thrift store sweaters (or possibly sweaters we no longer wear if I haven't gotten rid of them yet). I loooove your blog! I am slowly making my way through it all. :)

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  36. I don't have a sewing machine but I am going to try making them with a stapler... wish me luck :P Thanks so much for sharing!

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  37. Adorable stockings and mantle! Love it. I might try this for our family :-) Merry Christmas!

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  38. I've been waiting to do this for weeks and went out on monday and bought like 10 sweaters and a couple men's flannels from my local thrift store to make stocking for a family who just moved to town and they lost all of their Christmas items so i thought this would be perfect. something that can be individualized for each of the 7 kids. im going to try getting 2 stocking out of every sweater by using the already sewn edges and using the arm pit curve for the curve in the stocking. have you tried this? anyone tried this?

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  39. This is so cute!!! I might have to raid the closet now......lol

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  40. I got this from Pinterest, went to Goodwill later in the day and made 2 of these stockings yesterday to update my mantle this year. I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE them and the instructions are so fabulously easy to follow. Thanks so much for your GREAT idea. Already called my neighbor and had her come look at them and she loved them too. Thanks again.

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  41. This is fantastic!

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  42. I just made these! Super easy and adorable! Thanks for the tutorial :)

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  43. Love this! One question, is the white stocking store bought or did you make that one too?

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  44. do you have to line them to keep them from stretching out?

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  45. This is super awesome! I made four for our family right here: http://myvintagepie.blogspot.com.au/2012/12/christmas-2012-part-3-decorating.html
    Love it! I've linked back to your site and tutorial, thanks so much :)

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  46. YOU ARE AWESOME!!!! The more DIY stuff I look at of yours, the more I am convinced that you are a Domestic Genius!!! How do you think of this stuff???? I need to be your neighbor or something!!! I have 4 kids and I barely manage to keep my house cleaned every day, but you have taken the role of stay@home mom to a whole new level!!! I find myself looking at your blog more than pinterest!!! Your home is beautifully decorated and looks like it could be in a pottery barn catalog, your food looks like Martha Stewart just visited, and your children look as happy as clams!!! Great job!! Such an inspiration!! :)

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  47. Love these ~ tried it but too thick for my singer to stitch thru .... :)

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  48. Hi Kelly! I'm Laura from pecionate.blogspot.it. we're on the same line as our blog is about the beauty of imperfect things :). By the way, even if your stockings are way far from being imperfect ;) we'd really love to re-post your awesome tutorial on our blog. Would you mind if I translate your tutorial in italian?
    Thanks! Laura (backie82 at gmail dot com)

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  49. B.R.I.L.L.I.A.N.T.!!!

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  50. I found this through pinterest, and it is truly a jackpot. I love the sentimentality, among other things, of Christmas, and I wanted really beautiful stockings. But all the ones I found were ridiculously priced. I have touched a sewing machine only a few times, and each of those has been far from willing. But this was soooo easy. And I love the result! Thanks for your inspirational idea!

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  51. Wow that's a pretty amazing idea. Thans for sharing!

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  52. these are SO cute! do you have a template downloadable? that would be super awesome so I could make some too! :D I love your designs and I got the perfect old sweater!

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  53. Just finished my first! Onto making my husband's! :)

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  54. Could you post a stocking template?

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  55. I made 7 of these one day during my kids naptime! LOVE them!!! Thank you for sharing this!!!

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  56. LOVE the stockings....and the twins. =)
    thanks for how to.

    be blessed
    barb
    PS saw on Junky, Rusty and Re-purposed FB page.

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  57. Thanks so much for the idea. I love it, what a great way to reuse old sweaters!

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  58. Ive been searching for a stocking pattern for some time now. I'm pretty limited on my sewing abilities, but when I saw these I fell in love! I could not WAIT for our local thrift store to open this morning. I bought one sweater and had that puppy d.o.n.e in less than 10 minutes! I went searching through my clothes and found a sweater that buttons. LOVE IT! Thank you so much for a great tutorial.

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  59. That is soo cute! Great job on your DIY... Amazing creativity. I never seen such wonderful stoking, mostly i like the white one with red color design that is prefect match with my novelty Christmas jumpers. I am jealous of all of your skills.

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  60. This is awesome!!!.thank you for sharing. I have just found what my project is for this coming weekend!!! I've been pricing sweater stockings at stores this week. They want close to $17 for one stocking. I can do get the look I want now without paying that high price!!! You just became my Christmas hero! Lol

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  61. Thank you for posting this! These are so cute and easy, and I've never sewed anything in my life! I have one question, though. How did you make and attach the loops to hang up the sweaters? I can't figure it out....

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