Not-So-Ugly Christmas Sweaters
‘Tis the season for holiday parties, “ugly sweaters”, handmade gifts, & DIY projects. I thought I would start my holiday season out this year with ugly Christmas sweaters (or in this case sweatshirts) for our family Christmas card picture. They are easy, inexpensive (they cost me $10 each to make!), fun, & perfect for a Holiday party or two! Here is the simple step-by-step DIY. <3
- Kitty Polar Fleece (or other Holiday printed polar fleece)
- Fur Trim 1″ wide (I bought 2″ wide & cut it in half)
- Sequins (or other items you would like to glue on)
- Hot Glue Gun & Glue Sticks
- Aleene’s Tacky Glue
- Wax Paper
- Tape Measure
1. Getting started: Use a bowl (or something similar) that is the size you need for your design. I used a vintage Pyrex bowl since it was the perfect size for the Santa Kitties.
2. With your bowl (or other round object) place it on a piece of wax paper & draw around it to make a template to cut out the fleece with. With scissors cut out the wax paper circle…
3. Once you have cut out your wax paper template place it on the fleece centering it over design (this is where the wax paper template is really nice, cause you can see through it to get proper placement!), pin the wax paper down, & cut out your fleece….
4. Next center your cut out fleece circle on the sweatshirt…. I placed mine 3 1/2 inches down & centered it (measuring side to side till even). Pin evenly around circle & a few in the center to help keep the circle steady & from shifting as you hot glue it down….
5. Next carefully with the hot glue gun, glue an inch or so at a time down around the entire out side edge of the fleece circle. (Don’t mind my hot glue gun, it has glued many miles of stuff & is well “loved”) As you go around the circle you can remove the pins….
6. Once your fleece circle is hot glued down all the way around, glue down the faux fur trim around the outside of it. I like to start at the center of the bottom hot gluing the inner edge down about 1 in to 1.5 in at a time. After you have a bit of glue down hold down the fur for a few seconds till it cools down & then do the next section….
7. After you get a few inches of the inner edge of the fur trim hot glued down, you will notice it start to curl up. When you notice this go back & glue down the outer edge of the fur. Then move back to the inner section. Continue like this till the entire inner & outer edge of the faux fur is hot glued down.
8. Once you have the faux fur hot glued all the way down you will need to trim off the ends. Simply over lap onside over the other, trim with scissors, & carefully glue down. “Fluff” Up & Voila! Trim is finished.
9. Now it’s time to do the sequins. Simply apply a little bit of Aleene’s tacky glue in a small section & with a pin (it’s what I find easiest to use on such a small object) pick up one sequin at a time & place on the glue. Work your way a bit at a time till finished. If you put all the glue down at once over the area you want covered in sequins at once you will find the glue has dried out just enough that sequins do not want to stick.
10. Finish off the areas you want sequins (or other objects glued on to) & let dry over night….then you are ready to wear!
Enjoy! & Happy Holidays! xo Rebecca