Day 13 of 25 Days of Christmas: Make Your Own Ugly Christmas Sweater

As Christmas approaches, the number of holiday parties and events to attend increases. Make a splash at this year’s get togethers in a snazzy ugly Christmas sweater that you handcrafted yourself! Because why sing “All I Want For Christmas Is You” with your friends in a store bought sweater when you can do it in a custom one made especially obnoxious all on your own? I myself am super excited to wear this sweet little number out on the town! It’s so ugly — it’s perfect!

Supplies needed

(i purchased all items at joann’s Etc)

  • Sweater or shirt In appropriate size (i went with a white long sleeve)

  • Fabric paint (i also useD puff paint and fabric spRay paint, all paints i used were Tulip brand)

  • assorted items and accessories (I used jingle bells)

  • Felt (For custom made cut-outs)

  • Hot Glue Gun

  • sewing needle and thread

  • tape



there’s really no particulaR Way You should do this. pick a design or Festive theme and build off of thaT! As an example i’ll walk you THROUGH what i dId.

  1. Lay newspaper or some Cut open paper bags to protect the working surface.

  2. secTion off different areas of color with tape.

  3. use fabric spray paint to color in design and allow to dry for 5 minutes beFore adding more paint designs.

  4. Using regUlar fabric paint (from a tUbe) and a paintbrush, paint in your More intricate designs and worDing. You can always use stencils too!

  5. Let paint dRy while you cut Out your felt sHapes (in my case it was snowmen, their hats, and the Gingerbread men).

  6. onCe paint has dried fOr 30 minutes use a hot glue Gun or use the needle and thread to attatch the felt Cut outs to the shirt. (I used a hot glue gun.)

  7. use puff paint to add details to your designs by giving your snowmen carrot noses and your gingerbread men some frosting.

  8. Use the needle and thread to sew jingle bells to the neckline.

The end result:

I couldn’t be happier with my extremely ugly Christmas sweater! At first I was all sad and frustrated that it wasn’t looking like something out of Christmas catalog, but then I realized — THE UGLIER THE BETTER! The little mistakes and quirks are what make it so good.


Will you be decorating an ugly Christmas sweater for yourself this year? If so, tag me in all the pics of you rocking around the christmas tree in your masterpiece so I can check out your designs!

Up next! stay tuned for day 14 of 25 Days of Christmas: Holiday sElf Care.