Saturday, December 22, 2012
Christmas Stockings from Sweater and Fleece Baby Blanket
I have been seeing such cute pillows all over the blogosphere. You know, the ones made out of sweaters?
Well, I noticed the other day I had forgotten to put our Christmas stockings up. I dug around and couldn't find our old ones, and I kinda remember, in the back of my head, thinking that I may have thrown them away last Christmas because they were pretty sad looking.
Money is tight, so I though I would make some. Now back to the sweater pillows. They were my inspiration. I thought, "Now why can't I use a sweater to make stockings?" Plus I have a red sweater that my mom gave me (that someone gave her) and it has these tassels hanging off the cuff that get in the way and are generally annoying. So, I started with this sweater:
I planned on using the sweater for the outer part of the stocking and was using an old fleece baby blanket for the lining.
I used Google and searched for stocking patterns. You can find my search HERE. I settled on THIS from Debbie Colgrove over at About.com (sewing). (Once you get to that page, the pattern link is on the 5th line of the instructions.)
I didn't use the top part of the pattern and I shortened it a bit. You don't even have to use a pattern, just draw it free hand. (I use a pattern because I can not draw. Not even a simple sock.)
So, I used my pattern and cut out 3 stockings from the sweater and sewed the first one up. Oh. My. Goodness. It was ugly! I scrapped that and cut out 3 stockings from the fleece blanket (sorry, I didn't get a picture before I cut it). It was just a generic baby blanket that I picked up at a re-sale shop when my son was a baby. I have a ton of them and kept them all because I just knew I could use them for something. ;)
I sticked them up and turned them inside out.
Then I cut the tassels from the sweater leaving enough material to hold them together. I just hot glued them to the top edge of the stockings and voila:
So, even though the sweater material didn't work as planned, I still love how they turned out. AND, they only took about 15 minutes to make!
I hope you are having a wonderful weekend and thank you so much for stopping by,