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How to Make Ugly Christmas Sweaters

By: Jennifer Hendrix, Editor,

When you get invited to ugly Christmas sweater parties this holiday season, don't rush off to the store for your outfit. Store-bought sweaters are too unoriginal for such a fun party theme idea. And honestly, these trendy sweaters can be hard to find at your local thrift shop! We say, opt for DIY ugly Christmas sweaters instead. Make the ultimate tacky Christmas sweaters with a few embellishments and an old sweater or sweatshirt you have lying around and you'll never think of buying an ugly sweater again. Sew on your decorations for an outfit that will not only turn heads, but will also win you first place for tackiest sweater. Go ahead and unleash your creativity and make your sweater the ugliest you can; we've got a quick guide and the greatest how-tos below!

What You'll Need to Make Your Own Ugly Christmas Sweater:

  • An old sweater
  • Fabric paint
  • Embellishments (the more the merrier!)
  • Scrap fabric
  • Fusible webbing
  • An iron
  • Scissors

How to Make Your Own Ugly Christmas Sweater:

  1. Lay out your old sweater or sweatshirt.
  2. Using your fabric paint, write out a familiar Christmas phrase: "Merry Christmas," is an obvious go-to.
  3. Allow to dry completely.
  4. Using your scrap fabric, cut out tacky Christmas designs: Christmas lights, garland, and stars are simple.
  5. Attach each design to your sweatshirt with fusible wedding.
    Note: If using a sweater, hand-stitch to ensure each piece stays.
  6. Add any additional embellishments to your sweater or sweatshirt.
  7. Rock your ugly Christmas sweater at the next holiday party that calls for it!

There are so many different methods when it comes to a DIY ugly Christmas sweaters. Go nuts! You can add thrift store stockings, old ornaments, pins, tinsel, and much more to any sweater to easily make it into a DIY ugly sweater for Christmas.

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Find your favorite tutorial or use your own crafty creativity to make the ugly Christmas sweater of your dreams. These parties are so much fun, you would be sorry to miss out on the holiday fun this December!

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