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Spiffy Sweater DIY Stockings

By: Delia Randall from
Spiffy Sweater DIY Stockings
Spiffy Sweater DIY Stocking
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If your Christmas stocking is looking a bit ratty, then it’s time to replace it with one of these Spiffy Sweater DIY Stockings. This craft project will show you how to make a Christmas stocking from old sweaters. No need to shell out lots of money for store-bought stockings with all the bells and whistles, when you can be thrifty and upcycle sweaters into stockings. If you have a bunch of ugly Christmas sweaters that you’re not planning on wearing anymore, then turn them into festive holiday stockings. Seeing your homemade stockings hanging from the mantel, you’ll be so proud.

Estimated CostUnder $10

Time to CompleteIn an evening

Main MaterialFabric



Using sweaters to make stockings is a great idea for recycled Christmas decorations, but why do we even have stockings? Many people decorate their homes for Christmas by hanging stockings on the fireplace, ready to be filled with goodies on Christmas morning. The origin of stockings is thought to be that, long ago, a poor European family once hung their wet stockings up by the fireplace to dry. St. Nicholas snuck into their home and threw bags of gold coins into the stockings to help the family. This legend actually lead to one of the most popular stocking-related traditions of waking up on Christmas morning to find oranges in your stocking. The oranges in the stocking are said to represent the bags of gold St. Nicholas dropped into those first Christmas stockings.

One stocking that can't be hung by the chimney with care is the world's biggest stocking. Finished in December 2015, this impressive stocking won the world record for the largest stocking ever made. Roughly 139 feet tall by 74 feet wide, this gigantic stocking weighs 1,600 pounds. And that's without the presents!

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I wish we needed Christmas stockings, this is such a great idea! I am going to have to ask around and see if anyone needs them this year. These look simple enough that one could almost do it without the tutorial, but I will follow along just to be sure. Since it's awhile 'til Christmas, I have time to look for the best sweaters.

I have so many sweaters that don't fit me anymore. This is a good way to upcycle those!


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