Monday, December 16, 2013

Recycled Cashmere Sweater Christmas Stocking & Gift Bags

Using a sweater from a hand-me-down bag of clothes that was looking less than lovely from pillling, I still couldn't toss it away. 


 So, I made myself a new Christmas stocking following the same 
patchwork stocking pattern posted about here.

Instead of adding a separate cuff, I cut the stocking longer at the top and let the ribbed edge fold over the stocking body.

I made a lining using fabric salvaged from a worn pillow case and hemmed the top edge then hand stitched it to the top of the stocking. (See Photo below) The hanging loop was also hand stitched from sweater scraps, and just for fun, I snipped the label from the sweater and tacked it onto the back of the stocking.

When machine stitching the sweater front and back, I used longer stitches, a little looser tension, lots of pins and stitched slowly to avoid puckering and bunching.
I was going to make a bow-thing for embellishment but remembered a hair pin I bought a few years ago and never used. It matched perfectly.
With lots of life in the sweater sleeves, I made some cute little gift bags.
1 From wrong side, cut sleeve to the length you want, pin and stitch the bottom. (A long bag would be perfect for gifting a bottle of wine)

2   Turn bag right side out. If you want your bag to stand up on its own, you can cut a piece of cardboard with rounded corners and place in the bottom.

3 If desired, you can stitch the bottom ends to eliminate the pointy bottom but you don't need to.

4 Fill with your gift (or fiberfill) and tie closed with pretty ribbons.  The taller bag in the back was made using a piece of the sweater left over from bottom edge of the sweater.

16 comments:

Michal Woodruff said...

I have a stash of really nice sweaters I've saved for this project. Fabulous to make gift bags too. I'm doing this! I'm going to share this with my "group" too. Love it!!!

Dimple said...

What a good pair of ideas, Lorraine! These are beautiful!

Debbie said...

Good morning! I love these ideas! Soo cleaver and creative! And I bet they are so soft as well. I somehow missed the previous post but I love the patchwork stockings too. Soo cute! Hope you enjoy your day!

podso said...

Clever idea Lorraine! I like the recycle aspect and they look great! Love your patchwork ones in earlier post too.

Suzanne said...

So pretty!

marie said...

Very nice recycling...and so pretty too!

Snap said...

too cute, recycling at its best!

Kathleen said...

Merry Christmas, Lorraine! Many blessings to you and your beautiful family ! Congrats on your newest gchild!

Pondside said...

What a cute idea that is, Lorraine. I'm now wishing I hadn't passed up a too-worn cashmere sweater in a local thrift shop. I love the little gift bags.

Melissa @ My Recent Favorite Books said...

These are so pretty!
and I **love** the recycling idea!

Ann said...

Great use of the sweater. You now have a wonderful one of a kind stocking and I love those bags

Brandi said...

Beautiful! So many creative ideas!

Lorrie said...

Great ways to reuse rather than discard. Love the soft grey.

Just a little something from Judy said...

What a perfect idea! What a fine, beautiful way to recycle. In fact, it is one of the best recycling ideas I have ever seen!

EMMA said...

What fantastic thrifty ideas!

Kit said...

Hello! I just featured this post here:
http://giftcanyon.com/three-beautifully-rustic-gift-wrap-ideas-to-try/

I love it, can't wait to try it out this Christmas!

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