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:
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.
Making them was pretty simple too. I put together a pictorial for you since there were 20+ photos…
- Gather up your finest sweaters.
- Create a pattern.
- Cut out your stocking back to use as a guide. (I used drop-cloth.)
- Cut your sweaters into strips. Mine varied from 2″-3″strips. Using a rotary cutter and a straight edge is a life saver here.
- I cut a lot of strips ya’ll. You’ll see why soon.
- Lay out your strips to get the look you want.
- Sew each strip together leaving the strips that will connect to the heel, not sewn.
- Cut a triangular piece for the heel.
- 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.)
- Pin the back in place.
- Sew the back to the front.
- Trim the excess.
- Make a few tiny cuts along the inside curve of the stocking, so that seam will turn right-side-out nicely.
- Seal the edges all the way around with a zigzag stitch.
- Looks pretty inside out!
- 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.
- Sew the ends together and seal that seam with a zigzag stitch.
- Also seal the seam where the finishing cuff and the top of the stocking were sewn together. Turn right-side-out.
- For the hanging loop, cut a piece of sweater 2″X 6″.
- fold right sides together lengthwise and straight stitch. Seal with a zigzag.
- Turn right-side-out.
- Fold in two and attach to the inside back of the stocking.
There you have it…in just 23 easy steps.
I love the texture of the sweaters for a warm and cozy feel.
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!
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!”
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?? )
Here are a few more Holiday posts and projects you might enjoy!:
Don’t forget to see what my friends are knocking off for the Holidays too! Several will be sharing each day this whole week!
Monday, November 10th
Tuesday, November 11th
Wednesday, November 12th
Thursday, November 13th
Friday, November 14th
If you like what you see, there are several ways to follow along!
I love to share at some of these great parties:
Home Stories A to Z Not Just a Housewife Kammy’s Korner The Happy Housie Design Dining and Diapers Liz Marie Blog Funky Junk Interiors Savvy Southern Style Tatertots and Jello DIY Show Off Redoux Interiors Between Naps on the Porch The DIY Dreamer Oh My Creative Little Miss Celebration Just a Girl and Her Blog Sand and Sisal Interior Frugalista House on the Way Addicted 2 DIY I should be Mopping the Floor My Repurposed Life Miss Mustard Seed