Learn how to make your own ugly Christmas sweater and put an old sweater to good use.
Make a DIY Ugly Christmas Sweater for Under $10
DIY Ugly Christmas Sweater
It's sweater weather and Christmas is in the air! Now that the weather is getting chillier, here's another cool DIY project. It's time to grab your old sweaters and make your own ugly Christmas sweater. It's fun and pretty easy to make in the comfort of your home. It doesn't have to be perfect, after all, it is supposed to be ugly, right? This ugly sweater we will feature is not ugly at all, but fabulously cute and so charming. It will cost you less than $10! How's that for cheap ugly Christmas sweaters?
Ugly sweater parties are a great idea for a fun yet festive celebration this holiday season. Unfortunately, buying a new ugly Christmas sweater can be too pricey. So, why not learn how to make an ugly Christmas sweater for under $10? Check this tutorial!
- Christmas lights
- Some fabric
- Sweater (of course!)
- Felt material
- Small pompoms
- Craft paper or regular paper (to draw your template on)
- Hot glue gun
Step 1: Make a Smaller Penguin Template
To begin your cool ugly Christmas sweater, first, you need to trace your penguin template on a sheet of craft paper. Your penguin template should include an oval shape and an almost-S one so they would look like the hands of the penguins. Next, fold the craft paper in half and trace your penguin template. Cut out and unfold, then use the template to cut out your contrasting fabric.
What's a Craft Paper? It's a paper made of wood pulp that's thicker and more durable than other types.
Step 2: Make a Bigger Penguin Template
Make a similar penguin template – this time a bigger one for your ugly sweater.
Step 3: Trace the Penguin on a White Cloth
After that, you can now transfer the penguin template on a white cloth. You'll need two big ones for the mom and dad just like what's shown on the picture above, and a small one for the baby penguin. See the black oval shape? That's for the penguin's body. The lavender oval-shape cloth should be the baby penguin. That's a happy penguin family you're making!
Step 4: Create a Christmas Tree Shape
Now for the perfect Christmas feel, create a Christmas tree shape on green felt. Don't worry about making it perfect, it looks more fun with those imperfect shapes and edges. You are going to attach some mini Christmas lights on it, which you can find at a hardware store.
Step 5: Assemble Penguin Family
Now it's time to lay the penguin family on the fabric. Look how cute it is turning out (not ‘ugly' after all, huh?) You can cut up tiny circles and triangles to complete their darling faces. You can also put the lights on your Christmas tree (this one's bought for only $5). When you're satisfied with their places and how they look, just use a hot glue gun to attach them to the sweater.
Step 6: Add a Little Snow
How about some “snow” on our Christmas tree? Thread your needle and knot one loose end of the thread. Start from the inside of the sweater, push the needle through the sweater and into the pompom. Go through the pompom and sweater several times until the pompom is firmly fastened into the sweater. Knot the thread and cut it. Do the same with the rest of the pompoms.
Step 7: Add Some Charm
For the final touches, attach some “scarves” around the penguins using a hot glue gun. A Santa hat on them would add some charm as well. And there you have it! You've just made yourself a really cute and fun DIY ugly Christmas sweater perfect for the winter season.
Watch the video below by Ann of HGTV Handmade for the full tutorial:
An ‘ugly' sweater doesn't have to be really ugly! We hope you enjoyed this DIY project as much as we did. Cuddle up this cold winter season or hop up to an ugly Christmas sweater party wearing this cool holiday craft. Happy holiday crafting!
Are you ready to show off your new ugly Christmas sweater this year? Let us know in the comments section below!
Editor’s Note – This post was originally published on December 15, 2016 and has been updated for quality and relevancy.