Friday, December 20, 2013

How to: Easy DIY Ugly Christmas Sweater

Tis the season for festive holiday sweaters. And while ugly Christmas sweaters have become popular, do you really want an ugly sweater or do you want a cute Christmas sweater with a few tacky touches? If your answer is the latter, this is the guide for you. I'm not handy. I'm not crafty. And I swear that if I can do it, you can do it.

What you'll need: 
-Christmas stocking 
-Needle and thread (substitute for hot glue gun, if you'd like)

1.) Find a Christmas stocking with a festive character on it. Bonus points if you find one that acts a bit 3D, like a snowman with its nose sticking out. I found one at the dollar store. 
Then cut it out and sew (or glue) it onto the centre of the sweater. Don't worry about the centering or stitches being perfect because hey, it's supposed to be ugly. 

 2.) Use felt to cut out the shape of holly leaves, then add pompoms together as the berries. I chose to put the hollies on the shoulder of the sweater so they look like little shoulder ornaments. Also called "epaulettes", if you want to be fancy.

3.) Use some garland to add some shiny bling to your sweater. Put it on your character, decorate the outline of the character, line the sleeves and/or the neckline of the sweater, whatever! Be creative and tacky.

4.) Cut out some felt snowflakes and stick them on the sweater. No two snowflakes are alike. But again, remember that this is an ugly Christmas sweater. The snowflakes don't have to be intricately beautiful. I folded the felt into quarters and cut a triangle into each edge and corner for this shape. Then, scatter them around the sweater.

And there you have it! An ugly, but loveable Christmas sweater that you won't be ashamed to wear in public. Super easy, super cheap, and a super way to get attention at those holiday gatherings.
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  1. Hahah, I bet you can sell this on Etsy for like 50 bucks at least. :-D My mom used to make me similar sweaters, but with bells on them. I had a crush on this guy, who laughed when he saw my Christmas sweater. Didn't stop me from wearing it though :-D

  2. Awww! The sweater is soooo cute <3

  3. Sabrina, I think it's TOO CUTE! Love it!

  4. haha I think it's quite cute actually. It doens't look ugly. Kinda like store bought sweater :DD

    xx Mandy

  5. genial idea! nice pull :)
    perfect for christmas
    i wait you on my blog

  6. Nice sweater! :D

    So warm and cozy for these days <3

    Thank you so much for your lovely comment!

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  7. What a fun sweater! It is very loveable and so festive! Very unique idea!


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  9. this is so. rad. awesome factor = too much to handle

    thanks for the comment :) pjs as shorts rolled up should be a new trend, hehe. try it!

    xoxo . ღ

  10. omg this is so cute! Merry Christmas! <3

  11. This is such a great DIY! I love how your Christmas sweater turned out! Hope you and your loved ones are having a very Merry Christmas!


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  15. that's a great idea!

  16. Hahaha love it! Have to try it out. Great blog! Xo

    Lace and Lipstick Stains

  17. Love it! Ugly sweater parties are the best. But you're right; if you buy an already-ugly sweater, they usually look very unflattering. This way you know your sweater will look great and hug you in all the right places. Now that Christmas is over... If you're like most of us and are looking to save money any way you can after big holiday spending, check out Dorco. We're a shaving company and we provide razors that cost up to 70% less than leading brands. Read what others think about our products and see our prices for yourself at Thanks again for sharing this awesome tutorial, and Happy New Year!

  18. Love it love it, you are very talented girl! Happy holidays!

  19. Cute DIY sweater dear ;) Hope you had a wonderful Christmas! xoxo

    Happy Friday!

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  20. this diy is super cute!
    do you want to follow each other? let me know! :)

  21. Oh, the sweater looks really sweet!

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  22. I never would have though of this, what a great idea! Your sweater turned out super cute.

  23. Sabrina, This is so clever and I agree, might be do-able! Fabulous!
    XX, Elle

  24. what a fun sweater! perfect for tacky christmas sweater parties! i'll have to try this next year

  25. This is a grand idea! Pinning for next year!


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