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Make your own ugly Christmas sweater

Updated on November 21, 2014

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.


Ugly Sweater
Ugly Sweater

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

Ugly Christmas Sweater Party Book: The Definitive Guide to Getting Your Ugly On
Ugly Christmas Sweater Party Book: The Definitive Guide to Getting Your Ugly On

Need more ideas? This book will help you plan your next Ugly Christmas Sweater Party!


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    • GeekGirl1 profile image

      GeekGirl1 5 years ago

      Interesting topic. You can't go wrong on this one.

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      sssc150 5 years ago

      Funny lens. You are very creative.

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      Merstarr 6 years ago

      Very cute. LOL

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      Clairissa 6 years ago from OREFIELD, PA

      LOL... That is great! I will have to forward this to my daughter. Who makes me buy her one every year. However this year, I made her borrow one from her Grandmother. :)

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      fullofshoes 6 years ago

      fun lens and a great idea to make your own sweater!

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      baby-strollers 6 years ago

      Ugly is as ugly does - so I guess I'd better get to work!

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      MaryMelindaAnderson 6 years ago

      Love it!

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      Gayle 6 years ago from McLaughlin

      What a fun article! Cute ideas! Squid Angel Blessed

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      DuaneJ 6 years ago

      Very unique idea for a lens!

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      lilymom24 6 years ago

      This lens is too cute! Love the idea of an ugly sweater craft The ugly hat is a good one too. =)

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      Mickie Goad 6 years ago

      What a creative craft project. I must send it to my daughter. She and her husband have a group of friends that have a Tacky Christmas Party every year. With these instructions and ideas, she can improve on her tacky sweater!

      Blessed today because you made my brain think of cool ideas on a hot summer day.

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      I laughed out loud just reading your title, but I SO know who's getting one of these next year.

      Congrats on being a Crafty Christmas lensmaster we love!

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      I laughed out loud just reading your title, but I SO know who's getting one of these next year.

      Congrats on being a Crafty Christmas lensmaster we love!

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      June Parker 7 years ago from New York

      This lens was just too funny. You did a great job creating it. Merry Christmas to you and all the other ugly sweater fans of this lens.

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      I don't have the nerve (wanted to use another word, but...) to wear an ugly sweater like this, but I got a real kick out of some of your comments. Lots of fun.

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      Kay 7 years ago

      I'd love to see some of your creations on here! Nifty idea :)

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      costumesngifts 7 years ago

      After reading your lens, I'm suddenly in a crafting mood. I might just try making an ugly sweater one of these days!