Monday, December 6, 2010

New Christmas Stockings: I can sew!

Don't be alarmed when I tell you that I made new stockings for my family this past week.

That's right, I made them. Me, baby. Me. I can sew! Well, sort of. Okay not really. But this was really easy and anybody could do it.


I love them! I haven't added any embellishments other than the cute pom-poms and I might do that in the future, but for now I'm just glad I made it out the other side alive and I have real, live stockings in my house.

Even as cute as our old ones were, it bugged me that they didn't match:


After I read this post at Remodelaholic about making stockings from old sweaters, I was hooked.

I dragged my kids to a local thrift store, bribed them with hamburgers for good behavior and found a few great inexpensive sweaters that were just dying to be cut up.

Using an old cheerio box I drew and cut out a template for these new stockings. I started with my childhood stocking because I really liked its shape. Then I improved it a tad; for example, I made the toe a teensy bit bigger to better accommodate an orange.


I turned my sweaters inside out and traced the template, making sure the top of the stocking lined up with the thick band knit along the bottom of each sweater.


Next I pinned the stockings (yeah, I pinned them like a mad man -- I don't know how to sew... is that too many pins? The more the better, I say.) and cut them out.

 

I sewed using Remodelaholic Cassity's instructions - low tension, long stitch length. Thank goodness for people who know what they're doing. Sure, those instructions make sense, but would I have thought of those settings myself without help? Heck no.


The one thing I didn't see in the original tutorial that I wanted to add was a tab to hang the stockings from. I wanted it to match the stocking, and goodness knows I can't knit (are you crazy?) so I started to think about where I could find more material from the stockings. I didn't want it to unravel and I didn't want to have to go to the trouble of sewing then flipping a skinny little piece of sweater right side out.

My solution? I discovered that all the "extras" on the sweaters (trim around collar, button placards) were separately knit and then joined to the body of the sweater. So if I was really careful, I could actually cut the sweater away from these trim pieces without risking any unraveling. Brilliant!

My partially deconstructed button placard:


And here's another photo of the magic happening on the red sweater's collar:


These pieces were thin enough to loop over and sew -- voilĂ , tabs to hang the stockings from!


Like I said, I might go back and add fun embellishments to them after I recover from this sewing experience. I maxed out my crafty quota for a while I think. It's so out of character for me. Though I did have enough time and energy to add a couple pom-poms to the red cable knit stockings -- you know how I feel about pom-poms... I'm a fan.

(See how I made those little pom-pom decorations here...)

These stockings were pretty easy to throw together, even considering my limited skills. I even made a miniature pet version!


What do you think?


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25 comments:

  1. Look at these, adorable!! Fabulous job!
    Janell

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  2. oh my gosh.. SO SO stinking cute. Love them.
    uh oh the girl can sew.. :)
    ~Tana

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  3. YAY you! Great job! They look fab.

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  4. These are so cute Anna! I love sweater stockings!

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  5. You are pretty much an expert stocking maker now!! Pat yourself on the back... I did when I thought of this! (I had been making 2 stockings for about 7 years before this I kid you not... for some reason I thought it would be best if I hand stitched everything, so they had never been finished! I don't think they ever will be either!) Anywho- Great job!

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  6. Thanks Cassity!
    And Tana -- Haha! I wouldn't be quite so quick to make a blanket statement like that... ;) You don't want to get up close and personal with any of my sewing projects... they're definitely best viewed at a distance :)

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  7. Those are absolutely adorable - I am SO impressed!!

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  8. can't wait to try this out! Thanks for sharing!
    -Amanda
    www.theivycottageblog.blogspot.com

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  9. Very cute! But who gets the little white one at the end of the row? Surely the dog & cat can't SHARE it... omg, you're not making an announcement, are you????

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  10. These are fabulous! I sooo wanted to make some sweater stockings too but that would entail me to #1 find my sewing machine and #2 upright it. It's currently upside down. :)

    Maybe I'll just envy yours...

    Donna
    http://funkyjunkinteriors.blogspot.com/

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  11. those look so chic! what a great recycle idea! i'm going to have be on the look out for old red, green and white sweaters. would love to have you join my christmas party
    http://busyasabeeinparis.blogspot.com/2010/11/christmas-ideas-for-children-des-idees.html
    xo,
    maria

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  12. oh my gosh - these are so adorable!! makes me wish i'd seen this before i made mine- because yours are so much cuter!!

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  13. I love the colors and the texture of the sweaters. I have some olive green silk stockings that I am so tired of and I am looking out for something new and cute. This is a contender for the new stockings!

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  14. These are so cute! I love the colours that you chose - something about that green makes me think vintage-y, relaxed, rustic Christmas!! Found your post via Centsational Girl's link party!

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  15. Yes, you can sew! Your stockings look great!

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  16. well, those are just SO cute! nice job!!

    cheers from the Centsational Girl Holiday Craft Party!

    ~H

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  17. What an awesome idea! I am your newest follower! Please follow me at http://CraftyCierra.blogspot.com/ and dont forget to enter my giveaway for a fun Christmas Activity Book! If you are interested in doing a blogswap, please email me! CierraLarsen@hotmail.com Thanks!

    /Cierra

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  18. Wow! You are super talented. These look great!!

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  19. This was SUCH good timing, i can't thank you enough! We are about to have "baby's first christmas" in our home and I was wanting to make a stocking from an old sweater so that it matches my husband and my stockings.... i knew i wanted it, but wasn't sure how exactly to execute it. Thank you!

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  20. These are so cute! I might have to give it a try!

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  21. You did a great job! Thanks for sharing on Someday Crafts.

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  22. love these, wish I knew how to sew. I made a Christmas Stocking using felt and hot glue this year to match another store bought stocking since I couldn't find any others that matched.

    http://www.alwaysinwonder.com/2010/12/diy-felt-stocking.html

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  23. What a awesome idea... I love it. I'm going to give this a try.

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