Camilla, seamstress extraordinaire. I had been thrifting sweaters with some vague notion that they would make great sweaters, when my friend Amy posted on her beautiful blog a sweater stocking pattern! My printer is unreliable, so I sketched a pattern on some cardboard.
- How to thread my sewing machine
- My sewing machine (a craigslist win!) is actually a pretty good machine and can sew through some pretty thick sweaters
- Use existing hems whenever possible
- I can use my sewing machine!
|This sweater really buttons open! Andrew already claimed it.|
I'm sorry I didn't take any process pictures, but it was really easy (with an expert helping me). Here's the breakdown:
- Draw a pattern on cardboard
- Cut it out
- Flip the sweater inside-out
- Trace the pattern on the inverted sweater, with the top of the stocking lining up with the bottom hem, or the neck (a turtleneck would be really cute on a stocking)
- Without cutting out the stocking, sew along your line. When you come to the curly toe, read Amy's instructions (where it says "download stocking 2")
- Cut out your beautiful stocking!
- Flip it right-side-out
- Adorn it with pretty ribbon, bells, or whatever you want!
|I also had to sew part of the curly toe to the side of the stocking so it hung better. If you follow Amy's pattern, you'd probably not have to do that.|
It was a really fun project! Today I'm going to trace the boy's hands on some of the sweater scraps and make them mittens! Happy sewing, if I can do it, anyone can!