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Felted Christmas Stockings

A shrunken sweater feels like felted wool -- thick and dense. This is a family-heirloom-worthy use for an outgrown Irish knit sweater (or one that accidentally found its way into the washer and dryer).




  • Sweater
  • Sewing supplies
  • Yarn


  1. Step 1

    Felt the sweater by machine-washing in hot water, then drying in a dryer set on high heat. You may need to repeat this process a few times to sufficiently shrink the sweater.

  2. Step 2

    Print pattern. Arrange on sweater so the waistband will serve as the top of the stocking. Cut out pieces.

  3. Step 3

    With right sides facing and leaving a 1/2-inch seam allowance, sew perimeter of stocking. Turn right side out.

  4. Step 4

    Braid yard for a hanging loop, if desired. Stitch loop inside stocking at side seam.

Martha Stewart Living, December 2011



Reviews (4)

  • andrea salt 21 Dec, 2013

    I really like this pattern. I felted a few old jumpers (all 100% wool) a while ago. I used one to make a hot water bottle cosy and another one for this felted stocking (picture under

  • sophigirl 3 Jan, 2013

    You can buy a 100% wool sweater from a Goodwill for about $3, and use it for this project. Look for the patterns/colors that you like, and buy large (preferably men's) sweaters.

  • abond75 16 Nov, 2012

    just use a sweater that's 100% wool.

  • Lucie9999 14 Dec, 2011

    I am disappointed in this pattern. You don't even mention the characteristics required in the sweater to be used. Also, what is the Roving wool yarn to be used for? It is not mentioned in the instructions, just listed at the bottom. Very disappointing because if you don't have an appropriate sweater to sacrifice, you cannot make your stocking.