Stockings – A Tutorial

So you made yourself a felted sweater bag and still have two sleeves left? Turn them into Christmas Stockings!


  • Felted Sweater Sleeves
  • Paper to make a pattern
  • Embellishments: Buttons, patches, embroidery thread, felted objects. . .
  • Optional: Bias Tape

How To:

Cut the sleeves from the sweater along the shoulder and the arm seam. Steam the sleeve flat and trace its outline on the pattern paper.

Within that outline on the pattern paper trace the shape of a boot. That is your pattern.

Cut out a right and a left boot. In other words, cut out one boot, turn the pattern over and cut out the second boot on the second sleeve. When you put the two halves together, the left sides should be touching.

From the remainder of the sleeve, cut out a 8″ x 1.5″ strip. This will become the loop to hang up the stocking.

Now it’s time to embellish the stocking. For the red stocking I raided my vintage button collection to create a button snow storm. The heel is decorated with a needle felted star.

The black stocking is decorated with a patch that I embroidered with a picture of my husbands vintage land cruiser. You could add appliques, yoyos or just leave it plain.

When you’re ready, put the two halves together with right sides touching and sew a seam around the stocking. I covered the seam with bias tape, but that step is optional.

The original ribbing of the sleeve provided the edging on the red stocking. For the black stocking I sewed a blanket stitch around the top.

Fold the strip in half and sew the loop in place on top. This one is again finished with a blanket stitch, but that is entirely up to you.

I’d love to see your variations on this theme.

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5 Responses to Stockings – A Tutorial

  1. Aunt LoLo says:


    My hubs threw a (nice!) merino wool sweater into the wash the other day. Even on cold…it shrank quite a bit. I might get to make stockings! LOL

  2. Deven says:

    Prefect! I really love both but the black one really shines to me!

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  4. Irene says:


    I work with Kristin on the Sew,Mama,Sew! blog ( Each November we post a series of tutorials, gift suggestions, recipes, shop features and giveaways every day. Our 4th Annual Handmade Holidays series consists of a great assortment of ideas to make the holidays unique, fun and handmade.

    We’d like to use one picture from this great tutorial next month!

    We’ll link to your site and give you all of the credit, of course! Would this be OK? We respect the copyright of all crafters so all links and photos from blogs on our Handmade Holidays posts are used with permission. If you’d like to learn more about Handmade Holidays please see this compilation post from 2009:

    Please let me know via email, and also feel free to include any relevant information you’d like me to post with the tutorial link.

    We look forward to hearing from you,
    ~ Irene

  5. doro says:

    thanks for your tutorial.
    the monster-truck-stocking is really cool.

    i’m linking. i hope you don’t mind.

    many greetings, doro.

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