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.