Friday, December 14, 2012

Ugly Christmas Sweater DIY

I've noticed lots of sites have been popping up to supply the perfect "ugly christmas sweater" which I feel takes away all the joy from finding these in thrift stores; not to mention, who wants to pay $30 for an ugly sweater? What really makes them great is that they were originally designed without the intention of being ugly, and they've eventually retired to thrift stores across the nation once their owners have realized their fashion disaster.

I went with Zack last night to find sweaters for the party tomorrow night. We found the most hideous amazing sweater vest for him, but nothing quite right for me. So I decided to make my own. I snagged the green sweater for $4, and spent another $2 at the dollar store for the creepy santa ornament and the gold garland. $6 and an hour later BOOM! My masterpiece.


  • Sweater
  • Sewable ornament(s) that's flat on one side
  • Garland
  • Pompoms
  • Yarn
  • Needle and thread
  • Scissors
I would NOT suggest glue. Not even liquid stitch, given the nature of sweaters it'd probably give you more hassle than convenience. I'm not so great with a needle and thread but it doesn't have to be perfect. The hat on the santa made it super easy to work with, so I suggest a bit of cloth on the ornament if you can. I might add some pompoms later  to fill up the sides, but I'm cool with it the way it is.

X = where I tacked things into place with needle and thread


  1. Try on the sweater and pin where the main attraction(s) will go. Take off sweater.
  2. With a needle and thread, tack objects into place.
  3. Be festive.

Are any of you sporting "ugly christmas sweaters this season? I'd love to see! Link it up in the comments below :)



  1. Hahaha love the sweater!! If I was making it, I probably would've added EVEN MORE GARLAND. Make it the ugliest sweater ever. Go all out.

    But then again I've actually never had a christmas sweater. At least not since I was probably forced into one as a little kid. Since I'm not terribly festive there's no way I'd wear a christmas sweater no matter if it was ugly or not. ;)

    1. I was thinking about adding more but MAN was I lazy last night. And the santa's beard sways with my every move so I think it's ugly enough lol XD

  2. Its really funny how the "ugly sweater" has now turn into a trend. Great Diy.


  3. OH MY GOD.
    This sweater rules.
    I came over from the totally awesome blog hop, by the way.


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