Sweaters are warm and cozy, and they make the perfect upcycle knit sweater Christmas stocking. A few years ago, I purchased a ton of used sweaters from the thrift store to make sweater pumpkins, but I only used a few, so I used some sweaters for no-knit Christmas stockings.
You can see my daughter’s romantic Christmas bedroom with this adorable sweater stocking.
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How to Make a Sweater Christmas Stocking
You can make a sweater Christmas stocking without knitting since you can use old sweaters to make them. I used my stocking pattern from an earlier post to cut them out of my sweater.
- Fusible interlining
- Stocking Pattern
- Waters soluble maker
- Sewing machine
- Quilt ruler
- Iron (I used this mini iron)
- Pressing mat
- Fuse tape
After I gathered my sewing supplies, I began making my stocking.
Step One: Cutting out the Stocking
To cut out the stocking, I aligned the stocking pattern’s top edge with the sweater’s bottom edge, pinned it in place, and cut out the sides and bottom of the stocking.
Note: Since this stocking will not have a sewn-in lining or cuff, do not leave open the area to turn.
Step Two: Interfacing
I decided to use fusible interfacing to give the stocking some shape and prevent it from stretching out of shape. However, if you want a relaxed stocking, you can omit this step.
Using the stocking pieces, I cut out two pieces of fusible interfacing.
Note: Fold your interfacing in half before cutting it out.
Place your stocking sweater piece over the stocking pattern and mark with a pencil where the ribbing starts.
Using the ribbing mark, cut out the interfacing from the fold interfacing fabric to be a little shorter than the rib marks. Next, trim 3/8 inch off the sides and bottom of the interfacing.
Follow the manufacturers’ directions for fusing the interfacing to the insides of the sweater pieces.
I used my mini steam iron and a pressing mat.
Step Four: Lining
To cut out the lining, I used the sweater piece as my guide. Next, I placed the sweater piece on the folded lining fabric, pinned it in place. Then using a fabric marker, I marked 1/2 inch above the interfacing on my lining fabric.
Next, I cut out the lining.
Using a quilting ruler and the markings I made earlier as a guide, I drew the cutting line for the top of the lining.
To form a 1/4 inch hem on the top edge of the stocking, I turned down 1/2″ and pressed it flat. Next, I turned under 1/4″ to form a rolled hem and pressed it flat.
Step Three: Sewing
Pin and stitch around the top hem of the lining.
Iron fuse tape over the inside of the lining hem, leaving a small gap at the top.
Pin the lining pieces together, then stitch the sides and bottom together using a 1/2″ seam allowance.
Sweater Stocking Sewing
Pin the sweater pieces together with the right sides facing.
Sew a 1/2″ seam around the sides and bottom of the sweater stocking.
Then to finish the seam, I used a serger to lock the cut edge. However, you can use a zig-zag stitch around the edge.
Next, I made relief cuts around the curves, being careful not to cut through the stitches.
Step Five: Attaching the Lining
Turn stocking right side out and place the lining into the stocking with wrong sides facing.
Next, align the side seams with the lining hem placed over the interfacing.
Note: You can use glass head pins to hold the lining in place while you iron the fusible glue strip.
Next, I used a mini iron to adhere to the lining.
Step Six: DIY Sweater Stocking Hanger
When I make stockings, I usually use the stocking fabric to fashion a hanger. However, that was not an option using a sweater. Therefore I used a piece of ribbon with a pom pom and tag as my stocking hanger.
More sewing projects you might like:
How to build a headboard.
DIY pillow shams with tassels.
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