DIY Sweater Stockings {Anthropologie-Inspired}


Hello there beautiful people! I am really excited about today’s post! This is part of the “Rock Your Knock-off Holiday Edition” Tour where some of my favorite blogging friends and I find high-end (and very over-priced) items, and make them for a fraction of the cost.

For our Holiday version, I chose this Spice Market Stocking from Anthropologie:


This very colorful gem will set you back about $48. Hmmm… x four for each member of my crew would run me about $200! No way! I’d rather spend that on the goodies that will fill them!

I usually try to copy as close as possible to the originals when we do these tours, but this time, I altered it just a tad to suit my décor a bit better.

Here is my version:

Sweater Stockings

It looks quite a bit different, but it was completely inspired by the original version above.

Want to know the best part about this project? It was FREE!

I was all set to head to my favorite thrift store to hunt down some sweaters when I remembered a bag of clothes waiting to be donated in the garage. I found four sweaters in there that were perfect! What are the chances??

Here are the sweaters I found, including the one in the foreground that came out of my closet, which I ended up not having the heart to cut up:


They were a perfect mix of creams and soft greys.

Sweater Stockings

Making them was pretty simple too. I put together a pictorial for you since there were 20+ photos…

How to make a Sweater Stocking

  1. Gather up your finest sweaters.
  2. Create a pattern.
  3. Cut out your stocking back to use as a guide. (I used drop-cloth.)
  4. Cut your sweaters into strips. Mine varied from 2″-3″strips. Using a rotary cutter and a straight edge is a life saver here.
  5. I cut a lot of strips ya’ll. You’ll see why soon.
  6. Lay out your strips to get the look you want.
  7. Sew each strip together leaving the strips that will connect to the heel, not sewn.
  8. Cut a triangular piece for the heel.
  9. Sew the heel to the top strip first, then sew the top strip + heel to the strip below it. Then SEAL ALL SEAMS by running a zigzag stitch along each seam. (To stop them from unraveling.)
  10. Pin the back in place.
  11. Sew the back to the front.
  12. Trim the excess.
  13. Make a few tiny cuts along the inside curve of the stocking, so that seam will turn right-side-out nicely.
  14. Seal the edges all the way around with a zigzag stitch.
  15. Looks pretty inside out!
  16. Save the neckline or bottom of your sweater to use for the top of the stocking. Place the side you want to see face down around the edge of the stocking and sew in place, except for where the ends will come together. (At the back of the stocking.) Leave about 1/4 ” unattached at both ends.
  17. Sew the ends together and seal that seam with a zigzag stitch.
  18. Also seal the seam where the finishing cuff and the top of the stocking were sewn together. Turn right-side-out.
  19. For the hanging loop, cut a piece of sweater 2″X 6″.
  20. fold right sides together lengthwise and straight stitch. Seal with a zigzag.
  21. Turn right-side-out.
  22. Fold in two and attach to the inside back of the stocking.
  23. Voila!

There you have it…in just 23 easy steps.

Sweater Stockings

Sweater stocking tutorial

I love the texture of the sweaters for a warm and cozy feel.

Sweater Stockings

Nothing says winter like a cozy sweater!


I told you I cut a lot of strips in my pictorial instructions… because I made one for each of us!

Stockings from Sweaters!

The first one took me an hour and a half. The fourth one took me 33 minutes. 🙂

See them here on my Christmas Mantel.

I proudly showed them to my oldest son and his response was, “Aww can’t I keep my old stocking? These are just made from old sweaters!”

Boys! Seriously?

I might have to compromise. I made his old stocking too, but it is one of those felt kit stockings with all the sequins and about a million tiny beads. It really is pretty, but it would be so nice for us all to have matching ones too. I also made a similar one for my youngest, and my husband is rather attached to one from his own childhood that his Mom made. (But it has a clown on it. Anyone out there decorating for Christmas with clowns?? )

Sweater Stockings

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  1. So awesome Christy!! I thought about hanging some matching stockings across the mantle this year and after pricing them, quickly decided that making my own was the only way to go~I LOVE what you have created!! You must train your guys that design is much more important than old stockings 🙂 just kidding [I make sure the old ones come out Xmas eve] I have some sweaters just dying to be stockings, great tutorial, thank you!

    • Thanks, Jenna! Honestly I’ll probably take all my pretty pictures of my mantel and then these will be replaced with the sentimental ones, or maybe they’ll let me save them for Christmas eve…we’ll see! XO

  2. Those are really cute and honestly I like your version better. We’re all attached to our stockings as well so maybe you could decorate with those and Santa could leave the stuffed stockings in the old ones so everyone still gets their warm fuzzies?

  3. OMG I want these stockings so much! They are stunning, you did an amazing job Christy! I love yours way more than the originals too!

    • Thanks, Dria! I actually was inspired after seeing your glitter letters to add a glitter letter to each stocking to tell whose is whose! Well, I wrote it on a post it note anyway lol. 🙂

  4. Christy, this is so beautiful and classic. These will be dear to your little ones one day.

  5. Love love love your sweater stockings and how easy are they to make! Would make awesome gifts too. Oh Christy thanks for the chuckle this morning – “these are just old sweaters”. Boys, gotta love em!
    I’ve gotta an “inspired” post coming up soon too – so much fun to get the look for less $$$

  6. omigosh so cute! Are you selling these???

  7. Christy, this is A~M~A~Z~I~N~G! I love it when we get inspired by something a change it up to fit our style. That’s the way inspirations should be. I bought sweaters from our thrift store to make into pumpkins and still haven’t got them done. Maybe stockings would be better! Jeanette

    • Thanks so much, Jeanette! Yep, I think you missed your window for the pumpkins ha ha…I do that all the time! I have an old headboard in the garage that was going to be a “Dead and Breakfast” sign for Halloween. I got as far as painting it lol.

  8. I am in LOVE Christy!!! These are hands down my favorite stockings yet! I’ll definitely be making some of these to hang from our mantel!!!

  9. Aw look at you, sew-er you!!! 😉 I love them! Yours match your house perfectly!!! So funny what your son said!! lol
    Typical boys!!

  10. Haha Christy, gotta love our kids’ honest opinions but at the same time how sweet that they are sentimental about their original stockings! Your knockoff version is so PRETTY, I love the colors so much better than the original! Well done 🙂 Now how to get rid of the clowns!!!!! – That’s a tough one!

    • Ha ha, I never knew my son was so sentimental about his stocking. I’m going to try laying them under the tree and hanging these on the mantel. We’ll see how that goes. My hubby will probably be the first to change his out for that damned clown one when I’m not looking.LOL!

  11. These turned out so pretty Christy! I love the colors you chose! I made our whole family stockings from those kits with a million beads which take forever! I keep trying to replace them every year but my daughter won’t let me even though she’s 17! I would love some like yours!

    • I bought two more kits so I could make matching ones for my hubby and me, but I cannot be bothered! Plus you’re right, they are SO much work and take forever! When your daughter moves out, at least you can send it with her. lol 🙂

  12. Ahh, Christy, this is AMAZING!! Your version is WAAAYY prettier than the Anthro version. I so wish I was more of a sewer, because these would be just perfect for our little family. Pinned and shared!! 🙂

  13. I love your sweater stockings! They are absolutely adorable and you’ve done an amazing job. I’m so inspired!

  14. These are adorable, Christy! If your boys don’t want them I’ll take them off your hands! Thanks for the great tutorial. ~ Angie

  15. I definitely like your version better than the original. I love the color scheme that you chose and definitely love that the four of your have matching stockings. These are going to look great on your mantel for Christmas.

  16. These are fantastic! I love yours SO much better than the crazy brightly colored Anthro version. Great knock off and choice of colors!

  17. These turned out so cute! I can’t wait to make my very own. Great job! Thanks for the inspiration!

  18. These are incredibly gorgeous. If I would have the time on my hands, I would do this. But these are so beautiful that I would spend the $48 for you to make a version of the grey, cream and whites stockings! Unfortunately for me I just purchased new stockings last year. Bummer!

  19. I love how these turned out! I’ve wanted to buy knit stockings for the past couple years, but haven’t because they’re too expensive. Yours is the first DIY tutorial I’ve seen that looks just as good (if not better!) than the store bought versions! I’m already mentally digging through my closet for old sweaters I can cut up :).

  20. Christy I absolutely love these! We need new stockings and every year I say “this year” I’d love to make these..such a good tutorial too!

  21. “Gather up your finest sweaters.”

    Bahahahaha! Seriously…I love them! They’re so beautiful!!!!!!!


  22. Christy, I love your stocking better than the original! I can’t wait to make one or two! Boys, I have two and I would imagine them saying something like that when they were younger. They are in their 30s now and married with children of their own.

  23. Adorable

  24. Oh Christy!! You did such a FABULOUS job!!!! I want a dozen of them!! So pretty!!

  25. Christy,
    I love your version better. It turned out great and best Knock off for sure.

  26. I absolutley LOVE these!! I was looking for some fun ideas to make new stockings for our family this year, and I think i”m going to have to make these!!

  27. Eneida Couto says:

    Christy- great stockings idea for Christmas. They look amazing. I enjoy decorating for Christmas and hope to see some of your great ideas. I have a question, when you used chalk paint on furniture, do you use wax?
    Please let me know.
    Thank you!

  28. super cute! Love it and such a great idea to make this Sweater Stocking to suit yourself! I have visions of stockings and sweaters in my eyes now 🙂

  29. This stocking is absolutely gorgeous!! I wish I had kept all the kid’s old sweaters!! Think before you give away now!! Thanks for an amazing tutorial! ~Christy

  30. These are gorgeous, Christy! I had a bunch of sweaters that I bought at the thrift store with so many plans….never used them and just purged them this past summer….now I’m kicking myself!

  31. Totally in love! Looks amazing! Thanks for sharing with us at Your Designs This Time!

    Emily & Erin

  32. Awesome, love ’em and pinned ’em.

  33. Those stockings are absolutely adorable! My goodness, you could totally sells these. They are so lovely. Fantastic job! 😀

  34. I love the soft colours you used, but I think this would work great in any colour scheme it’s such a versatile idea. (and Boy’s eh – sometimes they just don’t get it, bless ’em!)

  35. Wow! I really like yours much better than the Anthro ones! I am determined to make my own stockings this week, so this post is very timely!

  36. YES! Anther project I can do with old sweaters! These are amazing and you totally rocked the texture and color theme! Nice job!

  37. Gorgeous stockings. I pinned them and hope to make something similar. I will be featuring this tonight at my Fall into Fall party that opens at 8pm EST. Please stop by and pick up an I’ve Been Featured button. Thanks.

  38. I’ve been wanting a knitted stocking, but my knitting is skills are so bad that it would probably take me 5 years to do it. But this is a perfect alternative! I love it even more than just a fully knitted stocking! I’m off to the thrift store to see what sweaters I can find…

    • Thanks, Caitlin! This is a great alternative to knitting one! I think the last (and maybe only) thing I knitted was a scarf for my Barbies when I was 10, so I’m quite sure it would take me just as long to knit a stocking lol. 🙂

  39. Christy, These are adorable!! Waaay better than your inspiration! Gotta look for sweaters, last year I used the few I had. 😉

  40. Hey Christy! Unanimous vote! We are featuring this project on Saturday’s Found & Foraged party this Saturday! Hope you come back to share another amazing project!

  41. These are awesome- soooo in love. We are featuring these tonight at Found & Foraged!! Unanimously adored. 🙂 xoxo!! Thanks again for sharing your great projects!

  42. Your stockings are so cute. I love the sweater colors you choose. This is one of my favorites for Christmas 2014!! Sharing and pinned 😀

  43. I think the Anthro stocking has more pizzazz. But if the beiges and greys rock your boat, that’s excellent. You never know what people find appealing. Christmas clowns are a perfect example.

  44. Oh how I love these Christy! When my kids were little I just bought stockings willy nilly and now we have four mismatched “beauties”, but the kids won’t even discuss getting new ones, so I don’t hang theirs up until Christmas Eve. 😉
    Thank you SO MUCH for linking up to Inspired By You, we’d love it if you would help us grow by spreading the news! 🙂

    • Ha ha I made sequin and bead stockings from kits when my kids were babies, and my oldest was very upset when I hung a thrift store sweater for him instead. So they are just for looks, we fill the old ones on Christmas eve too. 🙂

  45. Hi Christy! I just love this stocking. I remember pinning it last year. It’s just adorable. I selected it as my Inspired by You Friday Feature. I apologize, I meant to tell you yesterday but the day got away from me. Thanks again for joining our link party and hope to see you again this Sunday.

  46. LOVE LOVE LOVE! I’m making these next year for my whole family! They are so adorable! Pinning!!!!

    • Thanks, Yvonne! I was so excited when I made these for my family, but my boys wanted to know why they had to have used sweater stockings instead of the ones they’ve had for years lol! (And my hubby is oddly attached to a felt clown (creepy) stocking his mother made for him as a child.) So I hang these, but fill the others on Christmas Eve. 🙂

  47. These are really cute Christy! I’m glad we got together for this little roundup!


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