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Make your own ugly Christmas sweater
Get Crafty and Make Your Own Ugly Sweater!
You cannot go wrong with this project. Do not worry about making a mistake. You simply cover it with gaudiness, and you are set for the holidays! Mistakes can be covered with just about anything. If this is your first attempt at crafting, then you will have fun with this project. Get the kids involved. They will have fun making their own ugly sweater. Maybe have a family theme! Below describes how you can make your own ugly Christmas sweater in a few easy steps. This project is perfect for the beginner, but you can increase the complexity by adding hand-stitching if you prefer. You cannot go wrong, so make it ugly! Don't forget to check out how to plan your Ugly Sweater Party here.
How to Make An Ugly Christmas Sweater
FIrst, start with your theme. Do you want a Santa sweater? Love those Christmas pickles (what is up with those anyway?) Go bizarre if you must. The best sweater will have some organization in the chaos. By picking a theme, you will have a plan on how to proceed.
Next, you will want to pick out your sweater. I strongly suggest you go with a Salvation Army sweater, or go to your local thrift store. You will be shopping local and supporting a good cause. I would go with a sturdy cotton sweater. Synthetics are ok, but you will want to feel the sweater. I, personally, do not care for the synthetics. They tend to be scratchy. Be sure to wash your sweater before you begin. A mild detergent and a gentle cycle should be ok for laundering. Check the label if it has one. If there is no label, you may want to air dry the sweater by laying it flat. Otherwise, you may have some shrinking.
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Embellish Your Ugly Sweater
After selecting your sweater, you will want to hunt down embellishments to add. It just isn't an ugly sweater without all of the decorations right?
For beginners: You may want to stick with just adding ornaments to your sweater. If you feel up to it, your local craft store has simple cross stitching kits. Ask a friend to show you how. It is not very hard. You can add the pattern randomly all over your sweater to suit your tastes. There is material for cross stitching that allows you to stitch and then remove the backing. I would go for this. Free style snowflakes would also be an option.
Cross Stitching Patterns For Your Ugly Sweater
If you feel ambitious, you can try your hand at cross stitching. It is really quite easy, and there are simple patterns out there. You could make this a family project. Perhaps several family members could add to the sweater. A real family tradition could begin. Perhaps they add their own flair to the sweater each year!
More About Ugly Christmas Sweaters
Ugly Sweaters have become increasingly popular over the years. Celebrities have proudly displayed their sweaters on shows such as The Today Show. So start a new Christmas tradition today!
Iron-ons and Appliques For Your Ugly Sweater
Not feeling so ambitious, you can purchase ready made appliques. They come in iron on form or you can stitch them on yourself. Either way, they add that touch of gaudy. The more the merrier!
In a Hurry? Need An Ugly Sweater Now?
Grab some ornaments, and hang them off of your ugly sweater. Nothing says ugly like random bulky ornaments hanging off of your sweater!
Ugly Christmas Sweater Party Guide
Need more ideas? This book will help you plan your next Ugly Christmas Sweater Party!