Thrifty Gifty is a series running through Christmas of very inexpensive gifts you can make with thrift store and dollar store finds. Check back daily for new ideas. There will be linky parties every Friday in December before Christmas for you to share your ideas!
Below, I have laid the sleeve and the just-finished leg on top of the pattern, both inside out. Cut the sleeve off to form the toe, then sew and zigzag (or serge) that rounded toe portion closed.
Turn the toe right side out…
…and put it inside the leg, which is still wrong side out, so the raw (unfinished) edges line up.
Pin; it will make your life easier in the long run. Match up the side seams.
Here’s where it’s handy to pull your sewing machine apart, assuming it’s made to do that. (The painter’s tape is seam allowance guidelines for previous projects. It’s not holding the machine together.)
Slide the pinned edge over the sewing machine, and sew all the way around. If you’ve ever used a pattern to make a shirt or something, this is just like sewing in the sleeve.
Turn the stocking right side out; you’re pretty much done. If you like, you can add a hanging loop. I cut the edge of the cuff off, and used that.
That’s it! It took me waaayyy longer to write this post than it did to make the stocking. If you don’t bother with the separate toe and leg portions, it will be even easier.
You could get fancy and make a cuff out of a different color sweater, or embroider a name, or add embellishments of your choice.
A stocking would make a nice gift for a new baby. Or you could start a new tradition and make one for each of your nieces and nephews or grandkids*. Of course, it would also make a cute wrapping for a more main-event gift.
*All of my siblings and I have matching stockings that our great-aunt knit for us. All of my nieces and nephews and my boys have matching ones that my grandma crocheted for them. Unfortunately, in the two years between Skippy and Pinkerbelle, she could no longer crochet, so P. doesn’t have a matching one. Maybe I’ll use this technique to make all three of them matching stockings, finally.