I have trouble throwing anything out. I watch hoarder shows in fear being totally able to relate to the folks that are afraid to throw out a yogurt container because “they might use it one day”. While I’m not as bad as needing a film crew to come clean out my house, I usually have a few items around that have some life left in them even if I’m the only one that can see it.
I have a husband who does the laundry (bless him) and I have wool sweaters, which means I have many shrunken, felted wool sweaters. I also do a lot of pay by the pound thrifting, so the first thing that happens is that I usually toss everything straight into the wash – sometimes forgetting that a few wool sweaters were in the mix. So I was sitting on a few tiny felted sweaters but just kept them in the fabric bin for a rainy day craft.
Turns out in the Pacific Northwest there are a lot of rainy days. I started decorating for Christmas and love the look of knit stockings, so I got out my sock knitter (I told you I was a hoarder) and was just about to set it all up when I thought to myself, there has to be a easier way. My sock knitter is an awesome machine, but I can’t get it to turn a heel without a lot of patience and a lot of cursing.
So that is how I came up with this craft! Using the bottom edge of the sweater as the stocking opening, you are able to keep details of the sweater in the final product. This will make a small stocking – its 12″ from top to bottom as most felted sweaters end up pretty small. You can also use another material that won’t fray – like felt or fleece. Just know if you want to use a non-felted sweater, you will still want to use the sweater opening as the top edge so it won’t fray, and should consider zig-zagging or overlocking the seams so they don’t pull out when you place items inside the stocking.
Items you will need:
- Template: Sweater Stocking Template
- Felted Sweater
- Sewing Machine
- Scissors, Thread
- Print out and tape together template. This template prints on 2 sheets of Letter sized paper. Cut out along solid line and tape together along dotted line matching the letters in the circle.
- Place the template along the finished edge of the sweater and cut out pattern. Don’t forget stocking loop.
- Sew along edge. Attach stocking loop either in the stocking seam or with a decorative stitch. Although the decorative stitch looks pretty, you want to test it to see how much it will hold so it doesn’t fall when Santa fills it up.