DIY Homemade Ugly Christmas Sweater

A DIY homemade ugly Christmas sweater is a must-make this year! I know Christmas is largely about the food but it’s also the time to make your own ugly Christmas sweater and have plenty of laughs while doing it! A tacky Christmas sweater is one of those things you can have fun with and unleash your creativity. Learn how to decorate a sweater for a Christmas party using felt cut with scissors or Cricut.

Lifestyle blogger, Bella Bucchiotti of xoxoBella, shares how to make your own ugly Christmas sweater. This is DIY homemade ugly Christmas sweater cut with scissors or Cricut.

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Do you already have a tacky Christmas sweater? Even if you do, I guarantee it isn’t as cringey as a homemade version. If you aren’t feeling crafty, you can pick up an old sweater at thrift stores. Festive sweaters are a staple of the holiday season and if you are lucky you can wear it to holiday parties or even an ugly Christmas sweater party!

Let’s take a look at how easy this is to make and then you can work on your own and decorate a sweater for a Christmas party. Don’t forget to check out the matching DIY Handmade Christmas Mistletoe Headband. Head to the dollar store for some supplies and don’t forget the glue gun and hot glue. Ugly Christmas sweater ideas are easy to find inspiration. It could be from candy canes, ornaments, bows or mistletoe like this DIY ugly Christmas sweater.

Lifestyle blogger, Bella Bucchiotti of xoxoBella, shares how to make your own ugly Christmas sweater. This is DIY homemade ugly Christmas sweater cut with scissors or Cricut.

What You Need to for a DIY Homemade Ugly Christmas Sweater

You are going to need to start off with a sweater in your size. It’s a good idea to use one you already have which you don’t wear much. It can be knit or fleece. If you happen to live somewhere warm, you can use a long- or short-sleeved T-shirt or similar. Don’t worry about spending a lot of money and if you can thrift it, even better! Your ugly Christmas sweater idea needs a sweater or sweatshirt as a base.

Lifestyle blogger, Bella Bucchiotti of xoxoBella, shares how to make your own ugly Christmas sweater. This is DIY homemade ugly Christmas sweater cut with scissors or Cricut.

You will also need some green felt, pompoms, bows, fabric adhesive, a Cricut ugly sweater SVG file or PDF and some card.

Lifestyle blogger, Bella Bucchiotti of xoxoBella, shares how to make your own ugly Christmas sweater. This is DIY homemade ugly Christmas sweater cut with scissors or Cricut.

You will also need either sharp scissors or a Cricut maker. Don’t worry if you don’t have a Cricut maker because you have the option of using the Cricut ugly sweater SVG file or some scissors.

Lifestyle blogger, Bella Bucchiotti of xoxoBella, shares how to make your own ugly Christmas sweater. This is DIY homemade ugly Christmas sweater cut with scissors or Cricut.

It’s easy to cut with scissors or Cricut, so you don’t need to invest in a machine to make your own ugly Christmas sweater!

Lifestyle blogger, Bella Bucchiotti of xoxoBella, shares how to make your own ugly Christmas sweater. This is DIY homemade ugly Christmas sweater cut with scissors or Cricut.

How to Make this Tacky Christmas Sweater

The instructions for making this DIY homemade ugly Christmas sweater depends on whether you’re going to cut with scissors or Cricut. Using scissors? Then you can print the PDF below and cut it out. Put the large leaf on green felt and cut 8 of them. Repeat with the medium and small leaves.

Mistletoe PDF Template Download to use with Scissors

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Lifestyle blogger, Bella Bucchiotti of xoxoBella, shares how to make your own ugly Christmas sweater. This is DIY homemade ugly Christmas sweater cut with scissors or Cricut.

Using a Cricut machine? Then upload the SVG file below and make 8 copies on the standard mat. Now you can glue the leaves together – small on to medium on to large – and glue them on to your sweater. Finish with bows and pompoms and let your DIY homemade ugly Christmas sweater dry. Then all you have to do is wear it!

Mistletoe SVG Template Download to use with Cricut

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Lifestyle blogger, Bella Bucchiotti of xoxoBella, shares how to make your own ugly Christmas sweater. This is DIY homemade ugly Christmas sweater cut with scissors or Cricut.

When to Wear a Tacky Christmas Sweater

If you’re going to make your own ugly Christmas sweater you might be wondering where to wear it. I’d say anytime in December is great! You can wash it between wears inside out using a gentle cycle. Don’t put it in the dryer! Lay it flat to dry instead.

Lifestyle blogger, Bella Bucchiotti of xoxoBella, shares how to make your own ugly Christmas sweater. This is DIY homemade ugly Christmas sweater cut with scissors or Cricut.

Perhaps you want to decorate a sweater for a Christmas party. If so, this one is perfect. It’s far more fun to make a homemade ugly sweater than buying one. It will be unique and you can have plenty of fun assembling it.

Lifestyle blogger, Bella Bucchiotti of xoxoBella, shares how to make your own ugly Christmas sweater. This is DIY homemade ugly Christmas sweater cut with scissors or Cricut.

Because you can cut with scissors or Cricut, you don’t need any special equipment either. Just head to your local craft store and you can pick up everything you are going to need to make it.

Lifestyle blogger, Bella Bucchiotti of xoxoBella, shares how to decorate a sweater for a Christmas party. This is DIY homemade ugly Christmas sweater cut with scissors or Cricut.

Another idea is of course to wear your DIY homemade ugly Christmas sweater on Christmas day itself! I guarantee everyone is going to be jealous of how great you look!

Lifestyle blogger, Bella Bucchiotti of xoxoBella, shares how to decorate a sweater for a Christmas party. This is DIY homemade ugly Christmas sweater cut with scissors or Cricut.

How to Use Fabric Glue

Maybe this isn’t the first time you’ve had to decorate a sweater for a Christmas party. In that case you’ll be familiar with fabric glue.

Lifestyle blogger, Bella Bucchiotti of xoxoBella, shares how to decorate a sweater for a Christmas party. This is DIY homemade ugly Christmas sweater cut with scissors or Cricut.

If not, it’s pretty easy to use. The best way to use this glue is to put a drop of it on to each felt leaf cut-out then press it firmly to the fabric.

Lifestyle blogger, Bella Bucchiotti of xoxoBella, shares how to decorate a sweater for a Christmas party. This is DIY homemade ugly Christmas sweater cut with scissors or Cricut.

It’s a good idea to use masking tape or pins to hold it in place until it’s set. You can use a blow dryer to speed up the process if you want, else just leave it until the glue is dry and the leaves are firmly attached.

Lifestyle blogger, Bella Bucchiotti of xoxoBella, shares how to decorate a sweater for a Christmas party. This is DIY homemade ugly Christmas sweater cut with scissors or Cricut.

More Options for Your Tacky Christmas Sweater

Since you’re going to make your own ugly Christmas sweater or tacky sweater, you can decorate it however you want. I used a green sweater to make mine but you can use white, red or any other colour. If you’re using a red sweater, then use white or green bows for contrast.

Lifestyle blogger, Bella Bucchiotti of xoxoBella, shares how to decorate a sweater for a Christmas party. This is DIY homemade ugly Christmas sweater cut with scissors or Cricut.

If you’re feeling creative you can add anything you can make from felt. Whether you use a Cricut ugly sweater SVG file or your imagination and scissors, the sky’s the limit.

Lifestyle blogger, Bella Bucchiotti of xoxoBella, shares how to decorate a sweater for a Christmas party. This is DIY homemade ugly Christmas sweater cut with scissors or Cricut.

How about some bells, a reindeer or a gift? You can cut a square out to represent a gift then glue on some strands of ribbon so it looks like a wrapped Christmas present. Get creative and you can have the ugliest Christmas sweater at the holiday party this year.

You might also like Cranberry Lemon Pistachio Cookies, Crinkle Grinch Cookies, Cranberry Orange Biscotti, Teen Gift Guide or Powdered Shortbread Cookies.

DIY Homemade Ugly Christmas Sweater

DIY Homemade Ugly Christmas Sweater

Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 2 hours
Total Time: 2 hours 15 minutes
Servings: 1 sweater
Author: Bella
A DIY homemade ugly Christmas sweater is a must! Make your own ugly Christmas sweater and have fun! A tacky Christmas sweater is easy and you can be creative. Learn how to decorate a sweater for a Christmas party using felt cut with scissors or Cricut.
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Ingredients

Supplies / Materials: 

  • Knit or fleece sweater in your size 
  • Felt (I used 100% Polyester in these colours from Michael’s) Kelly Green 9”x12” 8 sheets,  Pirate 9”x12” 3 sheets , Apple Green 9”x12” 3 sheets 
  • ⅜ inch white pom poms
  • 8 Red Bows 
  • Transfer tape (optional)
  • Wax Paper (optional) 
  • Aleene's Fabric Fusion Permanent Fabric Adhesive 
  • Mistletoe SVG / PDF download at the bottom of the post 
  • Piece of cardboard 
  • Paper scissors sharp fabric scissors  
  • Cricut Maker  (optional)
  • Rotary Blade 
  • Standard Grip Mat

Instructions

Numbered Instructions: Sweater 

  • Prewash your sweater according to the label’s directions. 
  • Download the SVG or PDF template.  

For scissors (PDF):  

  • Print out the PDF and using your paper scissors, cut along the pattern lines. 
  • Lay the biggest leaf onto the kelly green felt and using the sharp fabric scissors, cut out the leaves 8 times. 
  • Lay the medium leaf onto the pirate green and cut out the leaves 8 times. 
  • Lay the smallest leaf onto the apple green and cut out the leaves 8 times.  

For the Cricut Maker:

  • Upload the SVG file into Cricut Design Space. 
  • Click the “Make It” button. 
  • Under “Project Copies”, increase to 8 and click “Apply.” 
  • Depending on your felt sheet size, select the proper material size. We used 9”x12”. 
  • For material click “Browse” and search for “Felt.” 
  • Click “Edit Tools” and select “Rotary Blade.” 

Sweater Construction: 

  • Take your cut felt pieces and using the fabric glue, glue  the three different sizes together. Acting like a little bushel. From largest to smallest. 
  • Place the bushels around the sweater filling it up (or using less! It’s up to you!) 
  • Insert cardboard in between the sweater’s front and back (so it won’t leak fabric glue to the other side.) 
  • Glue your leaves to the sweater. 
  • Add pom poms as the berries to the leaves by gluing them as well.  
  • Let dry for as long as the glue’s instructions state.  
  • Party in your new sweater! 

Notes

Preparing your Cricut Mat: 
We decided not to use the fabric mat and use the standard mat instead. Because of the type of felt and with the type of cut, it leaves a fuzzy mark behind and eventually causes the cut not to work properly. This is where transfer tape helps! Place the same size piece of transfer paper on the back of the felt (sticky side onto the felt) and then place the backing onto the cutting mat (felt now facing up.) 
You can use an old mat if you don’t mind gunking it up (don’t use a new one!!) And just scrape off the fuzziness after a few cuts.  
 

The nutrition information provided are only estimates based on an online nutritional calculator. I am not a certified nutritionist. Please consult a professional nutritionist or doctor for accurate information and any dietary restrictions and concerns you may have.

I’m sure you’ll have plenty of fun making this DIY homemade ugly Christmas sweater. Why not make it a family project? Get everyone a matching sweater, get the materials you’ll need, put on some Christmas music, and have a fun afternoon making them!

I can’t wait to hear about your ugly sweater idea that you bring to life into the best ugly holiday sweater ever! Good luck winning the ugly Christmas sweater contest and bringing all the Christmas spirit.

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  1. Amber Myers wrote:

    I love your ideas! This sweater turned out so awesome.

    Posted 12.13.21 Reply
  2. Janeane M Davis wrote:

    I am an avid knitter and cannot imagine intentionally creating an ugly sweater. At the same time, I know that for some people the ugly Xmas sweater is a fun tradition.

    Posted 12.14.21 Reply
  3. Sharon wrote:

    This ugly Christmas sweater tutorial is so thorough, I can’t wait to make it and have it for all the holiday parties. Thank you!

    Posted 12.14.21 Reply
  4. Mallory wrote:

    Oh my goodness I love this! Thanks for the idea!

    Posted 12.14.21 Reply