Hello beautiful friends! Welcome back to my Posts of Christmas Past series! Today’s Christmas project is going way back to 2014! It was part of the “Rock Your Knock-off Holiday Edition” Tour where some of my favorite blogging friends and I found high-end (and very over-priced) items, and made them for a fraction of the cost.
I chose this Spice Market Stocking from Anthropologie:
This very colorful gem will set you back $48. Hmmm… x four for each member of my crew would have run me about $200! No way! I’d rather spend that on the goodies that will fill them!
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. What luck…I found four sweaters in there that were perfect!
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:
I would usually try to copy as close as possible to the originals whenever we did these knock-offs, but this time, I had to change up the colors to suit my own décor a bit better.
Here is my version:
Want to know what I loved most about this project? It was FREE!
These sweaters were a perfect mix of creams and soft grays.
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 set is a life saver here. (I have this one.)
- 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 ha ha.
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. I was going for the look of the Anthropologie stocking, but you could totally keep your stockings all one knit on the front if you find a large enough sweater.
Here they are on the fireplace at our old house back in 2015:
See my whole Christmas Tour from 2015 at our old house HERE.
I found these glittery letters at Walmart and added them so we could tell them apart:
I proudly showed them to my oldest son, Jack, when I was finished and his response was, “Aww can’t I keep my old stocking? These are just made from old sweaters!”
He’s not wrong.
I made his old stocking too, but it’s 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. I also made a similar one for my youngest, but my husband is rather attached to one from his own childhood that his Mom made. (It has a clown on it. Anyone out there decorating for Christmas with clowns?? )
I hope you enjoyed this oldie! Was this new to you?
You can see what else I made from the scraps of those sweaters HERE!
And if you missed the first three Christmas makeovers from this series, you can find them below:
I hope to see you back here tomorrow…I’ll be sharing what I did with this old restore light fixture:
See ya’ll then!
Update: No need to wait! Check out how cute this old light is now HERE!
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