Recycled Sweater Christmas Stocking

DSCN3830Recycled Sweater Christmas Stocking

When I see old sweaters at yard sales I have to buy them. The fact that yard sales in my area are often held when the temperature is over 100 means sweaters are practically given away. These sweaters are a cheap craft resource for holiday crafts. In my opinion, this Christmas stocking design looks much more upscale than the original sweater it came from. Can’t you just see a bunch of these hanging over a cabin fireplace, or down the rail of a pine garland clad staircase? Depending on the size of the sweater and the size of your stocking pattern, you should be able to get at least two stockings from each sweater. Three, if you open the sleeves and use the cuffs as the top edge.

Things You Will Need:

Adult-size sweater
Stocking pattern
Straight pins
Scissors
Sewing machine
Iron
Measuring tape
Rickrack
2-inch pompoms (two)
Hot glue gun

DSCN3812Turn an adult-size sweater wrong side out and lay it on your work surface. Align the bottom edges of the sweater. Place an existing Christmas stocking, or a paper stocking pattern on the sweater. Align the top edge of the stocking shape (pattern) with the bottom edges of the stocking. Pin the pattern through both layers of the sweater. Cut around the pattern. Note: The top of the stocking (bottom edge of the sweater) is not to be cut. It will be the finished edge for the the top opening of the stocking.

DSCN3820Remove the pattern. Pin the side and bottom edges of the sweater stocking shape together. Sew the pinned edges using a straight stitch and a 1/4-inch seam allowance. Sew around the edges once again using a zigzag stitch on the seam allowance. This will finish the raw edges and prevent the knitted stitches from unraveling. Turn the stocking right side out. Press the seams with a warm iron.

DSCN3828Lay the stocking flat on your work surface. Measure across the width of the stocking at its widest point. Double that and add 24 inches. Using your new measurement, cut a length of rickrack in a color that coordinates with your sweater.

Measure 1 inch down from the top edge of your stocking. Starting on the front seam of the stocking and 12 inches from one end of the rickrack, pin the rickrack around the stocking. The rickrack will meet again on the front seam of the stocking. Both ends of the rickrack will have approximately 12 inches extending. These tails will be ties. Top stitch the pinned rickrack around the stocking.

Tie the rickrack tails in a knot against the seam, then tie into a bow. Trim the tails to the desired length.

Burrow a hole on one side of a 2-inch diameter pompom. Apply hot glue in the hole. Place one end of the rickrack in the glue. Squeeze the edges of the pompom hole around the rickrack end. Repeat with the remaining pompom and and rickrack end.

Cut a 5-inch length of rickrack. Fold the rickrack in half, matching the two cut ends. Place the ends inside the stocking, against the back seam. Sew across the cut ends of the rickrack. This is your stocking’s hanger.

Other trims and tassels handmade with yarn can be substituted.

DSCN3830Enjoy!

Snowman Suitcase

DSCN2285Snowman Suitcase

I feel like I have been gone forever, but a lot happened since my last post. We moved! From Thanksgiving weekend until this past weekend we have moved, unpacked, put things away, decorated the house with normal and Christmas decor and I am more than halfway through with my Christmas baking. Whew!

Now it’s time to address my blog. I had so many tutorials I wanted to post for Christmas, but with only a week to go…, well, let’s just say I’ll post as many as I can before the big jolly guy comes down your chimney. ;)

Greet your holiday guests at the door with a snowman painted vintage suitcase. Its whimsical message will have all those who enter your house grinning with Christmas spirit.

DSCN2269Vintage suitcases are not difficult to find. Yard sales and auctions are great sources for picking them up for practically nothing.

Things You Will Need:

Vintage Suitcase
White acrylic latex paint
Paper plate
Sea sponge
Light pink paint
Stencil brush
Paper towel
1/2-inch dowel
Black acrylic paint
Ruler
Black paint pen
Orange acrylic paint
Paintbrush
Wooden skewer
Christmas or snowman fabric
Scissors
Craft glue

DSCN2273Pour white acrylic latex paint onto a paper plate. For large craft projects like this, I save money by using wall paint left over from previous home projects. Wet a sea sponge and wring it out well. Dip the sponge in the paint and sponge the paint over the surface of the suitcase. Paint everything, including the hinges and the latches. The handle does not need to be painted. Allow the paint to dry.

Pour a small amount of light pink paint on a paper plate. Wad up a paper towel. Dip a stencil brush into the paint. Scrub the wet brush into the towel. Working in a circular motion, rub large rounds cheeks onto the front of the suitcase. Note: Before painting, make sure the suitcase is positioned with the handle at the top.

DSCN2279Dip the end of a 1/2-inch dowel in black acrylic paint. Dot two eyes approximately 1/4 inch apart, just above the center of the suitcase front. Draw a large smile using a black paint pen.

Starting in the center of the face, using a paintbrush and orange acrylic paint, paint a carrot nose in a zigzag motion. Allow the paint to dry.

Starting half way up the left side of the suitcase front, working across the top and halfway down the right side of the suitcase front, write “In The Meadow We Will Build A Snowman” using a black paint pen. Dip the blunt end of a wood skewer into black acrylic paint. Dot the angles and intersections on each letter. Allow the paint to dry.

DSCN2282Rip a 1-inch-wide strip of Christmas or snowman fabric. Apply craft glue to the handle of the suitcase. Wrap the strip around the handle.

It does not matter what the inside of the suitcase looks like, as the case need not be opened. It can, however, be used to store Christmas decorations at the end of the season.

DSCN2285Enjoy!

Snowman Lights

6-DSCF2320Snowman Lights

Big news for our family! We are moving again. Yep, if you have been a follower for at least a year, you know we sold our home and moved the first part of February. At that time we were limited to rentals that were available. In a small town it wasn’t encouraging. We were thankful we found something, but we had to settle for something way too small for our family. A couple of months ago the landlord told us of his intentions to put the rental up for sale. We didn’t want to be caught with no where to go when our lease was up at the end of January so we started looking again. AND we found it! Much bigger. More our style (cute, late 1800s home). Slightly (just slightly) higher rent. We had to go for it or it would be gone. Sooo….we’re moving…now…and during the next couple of weeks. Send us good juju. Hey, at least it’s not snowing like last year…at least not this week. :)

I have several projects I intend to post, but time and internet connections may screw that up a bit. I’ll keep plodding away whenever I can. Meanwhile…

2-DSCF2287…these lights were a terrific thrifting find this summer. There are seven of them. I love the silicone bulbs.

In keeping with my last-minute-clean-the-drawers-out-before-the-last-craft-show-of-the-season kinda crafting, I decided snowman lights were the perfect use for these adorable lights.

These lights are very similar to my orange chenille pumpkin lights I made a couple of years ago.

1-DSCF2284I shrunk the size slightly and used the scraps from some of my old cutter quilts instead of chenille. The backs of the quilts are the outside of the snowmen.

I didn’t have kitty litter on hand to weight the bottoms down, so I improvised and used a couple of handfuls of glass floral marbles. I had plenty, as those things seem to breed in my closets. ;)

4-DSCF2314The lights were inserted in the same way as the pumpkin lights.

3-DSCF2290Simple primitive snowman faces gave these frosty fellows their character.

7-DSCF2321A strip of black fabric finished off the look.

5-DSCF2317Enjoy!

Jean Seam Christmas Garland

Christmas Jean Seam GarlandJean Seam Christmas Garland

Another project after cleaning out a drawer.

I’ve used jean seams in a number of projects, I’ve even made seam garland for everyday decor, but my stash of jean seams and a jar of Christmas light bulbs had the wheels turning in my head for Christmas garland.

1-DChristmas Jean Seam GarlandThe garland itself is made just like the red and green construction paper chain garlands you made in elementary school. Each link was secured with hot glue.

1-DChristmas Jean Seam GarlandI attached jute to the bulbs and simply tied them to the chain links.

1-DChristmas Jean Seam GarlandEnjoy!

Snowman Jean Pockets

5-DSCF2296Snowman Jean Pockets

7-DSCF2303I seem to be seeing snowmen everywhere.

6-DSCF2298Since I’m nearing the end of my craft show crafting for this year I’ve been digging through boxes and drawers for quick inspiration. With one more show, I really don’t need to make a lot of anything. Actually my husband would say I don’t need to make anything else because our inventory is always overflowing. ;) That hasn’t stopped me from emptying a few drawers though…and that’s a good thing. Purging by way of projects makes me happy!

4-DSCF2279I found 13 jean pockets I had been holding on to. Normally I would wait until I had more to craft a project, but for now these were perfect.

3-DSCF2275Snowmen are so easy to paint.

I whipped these up while watching a movie. Hallmark has lots of Christmas movies.

2-DSCF2273The handles are strips of ripped fabric that I threaded through little holes. The holes were made using my Crop-A-Dile, but you could use scissors or a fat nail.

1-DSCF2270They looked a bit plain until I added a few bits of pine greenery and a candy cane.

5-DSCF2296I think they would be awesome as a small gift or favor bag.

They would also look cute hanging on a tree.

Enjoy!