I picked out a nice gray one for my son since I thought it was somewhat boyish and a pretty soft brown one for my step daughter.
I began by using an old stocking as a pattern. If you don't have an old
stocking laying around, you could probably find a free pattern online and print it out or even freehand one.
If your sweater has a nice cuff at the waist it's nice to use that as the top of your stocking.
I used chalk to trace the outline of the stocking.
You could also pin the pattern to the sweater and just cut directly around it. I couldn't find my pins--I just bought like 2000 of them they have all magically gone missing!
When you are cutting your pattern out, keep the seam allowance in mind. So if you want your stocking to be the same size as your pattern, cut out 1/2" to 1" from the perimeter.
Once you have your material cut out, make sure that the right sides are facing each other, leaving the inside facing out.
I had a little trouble getting the material fed through the sewing machine at first since it was so thick, but once I got the first part fed through it was pretty smooth.
Once your pieces are sewn together, flip it right-side-out. You can either leave the top the way it is or fold it down to make a cuff.
If you fold it down, you will have the seam showing on the sides like this:
I just took a glue gun and carefully applied a small line of glue to lay the edges down.
It was looking a little plain so I glued some fancy ribbon around the edge of the cuff and applied some iron on glitzy letters.
The letters show up pretty good on the gray, but you can barely see them on my step daughters so I may re-do them with something else.
I have a very hard time leaving things alone--I'm always thinking of how to improve things! I drive myself crazy sometimes... :)