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Alright guys, we are taking a little break from the ornament making today to make something just as important for a festive holiday – an ugly Christmas sweater. If you are here looking for more handmade ornament goodness, come back tomorrow when I will have not one, but two great ornaments to show you.
But today, it’s ugly Christmas sweater time.
Last year we had ugly Christmas sweater day at my school…and I didn’t participate. I know, it was totally lame of me. Everyone else wore these hideous sweaters and I just wore a cute little Christmas t-shirt. In my defense, I had a lot of actual work to worry about that day – but still, lame.
This year I am most definitely going to be prepared.
I decided making my own ugly Christmas sweater would be just the ticket. I figured making something awful would be a cinch.
Guys, making something ugly is really hard! I just can’t seem to make myself using clashing colors and make a crazy mess. So instead I focused on the tacky factor. An ugly sweater with a sense of humor you might say. And to up the ugly factor even more, I went 3-D.
I started with this red sweater I found at the Goodwill. It actually was a pretty nice sweater and I originally intended to just wear it as a regular sweater. But once I got it home, the color wasn’t quite right and the fit wasn’t the best. So it seemed it was destined to become an ugly sweater.
small photo frame
It seems Christmas decorating is definitely on my brain, because I decided to go with a Christmas mantel theme complete with gallery wall. I started by drawing my fireplace using white Tulip dimensional fabric paint. At first I was using a ruler to get straight lines. (Type A much?) But then I realized it really didn’t have to be perfect and just went with it.
The fire and the gold frames are made of iron on glitter transfer sheets. These were so easy. I just cut the shapes I wanted with regular scissors and then ironed them right onto my sweater. I added some quick chevron art to the frames using gold glitter dimensional fabric paint.
To really up the awesome (tacky) factor, I added 3-D accessories. The stockings are little baby socks I pulled out of the bins of baby clothes in the basement. They are just attached with safety pins so they are removable and can actually be used as baby socks again in the future if needed.
And of course nobody wants empty stockings! I added some tiny toy-like ornaments along with some leftover Halloween candy as gifts.
The larger framed art is a small plastic picture frame. I made the Noel ‘art’ using scrapbook paper and alphabet stickers. Then I used strong tape to tape a large safety pin to the back of the frame to attach it to the sweater. That way it can be removed when it’s time to wash the sweater.
Other than the sparkly sleeves, I left the front of the sweater plain. That way the scene in the back really makes an impact. I like to think of it as a mullet sweater – business in the front, party in the back.
Oh yeah. I’m workin it.