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How to Make No-Knit Christmas Sweater Stockings

Don't toss that old sweater. Instead, repurpose it as custom stockings for the entire family. This project requires no sewing machine or knitting needles and can easily be completed in an afternoon.

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Materials Needed:

  • 1 sweater per stocking
  • fuzzy yarn
  • upholstery needle
  • sharp scissors

Cut Stocking

Print stocking templates onto two pieces of 8-1/2" x 11" card stock and cut them out. Pin template to sweater (Image 1). Using sharp scissors, cut through both the front and back of sweater together (Image 2). Remove pins and repeat with other sweaters.

Embellish Stocking

Thread yarn through upholstery needle and knot at end. Choose which piece will be the stocking front and insert needle into the back (Image 1). Pull through until yarn stops where knotted (Image 2). Stitch straight lines toward a center point to make a simple snowflake shape (Image 3). Knot in the back and trim thread when pattern is complete (Image 4). Repeat to make multiple snowflakes on one stocking. Tip: Sizes can vary, but keep shapes simple.

Make Monogram Applique

To make a template, print a large letter in a simple font onto card stock. Cut out the letter and pin to sweater to use as a guide. Cut around paper letter to create sweater initial (Image 1). Pin the letter in position on the front of stocking. Use yarn and upholstery needle to stitch letter into place (Image 2).

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