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1. Print out template. Cut it out and tape the two pieces together at the center.


2. Place the pattern on top of the sweater and pin through the top layer. Carefully cut out one layer of sweater.

3. Flip the pattern over and pin in place on another section of sweater. Cut out your second stocking piece.


4. Pin and cut out your other pattern pieces. Line up the bottom edge of trim with the bottom edge of the sweater.

5. Take the two pieces of trim and place them together with right sides facing in. Stitch along the ends.


6. Pin the heel to the front of the stocking panel. Stitch along the inner edge.

7. Place the right sides of the stocking together and stitch around the perimeter leaving an opening at the top.


8. Pin the trim edges at the top of the stocking with the right side of the trim facing the wrong side of the stocking. Stitch around the top edge.

9. Flip your stocking to the right side and fold down the top trim. Add a scrap piece of sweater to create a hang tab. Embellish your stocking with buttons and any other found objects. You’ll be ready to give the gift of recycling this year!

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How to: Upcycled sweater stocking

Stuff your stocking with upcycled style!

Old sweaters are a great fabric for new projects. Take your favorite striped, argyle, or plain old sweater and reconstruct it into a holiday stocking. This makes a great personalized project and a fun way to preserve sweaters that have holes or stains. Simply cut around that spot or embellish it with found objects. Stock up on old sweaters and create sweater stockings for your whole family.


Large sweater

Pattern PDF or make your own stocking pattern 


Sewing machine or needle and thread



Fabric scissors


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