Ugly Christmas sweaters have been pretty trendy over the last few years. What started as a hatred for itchy over-sized sweaters from grandma soon became a whirlwind of fun and ideas. There are so many creative ways to exaggerate the thought of an Ugly Christmas Sweater!!!
Upon my search for sweaters I came across some “wannabe” ugly sweaters at Target. Of course some may see a cute sweater with a tree… and I see an opportunity for BUTTONS!
Way too cute to be considered ugly, right?
So I gathered some of my favorite Christmas buttons and NON-christmas buttons. Who says you need to stick to a theme? The first thing that popped into my mind were the mustaches. They are probably my personal favorite from our Favorite Findings buttons. Every ugly sweater needs a mustache!
Materials you may need to Make Your Own Ugly Christmas Sweater:
1. Buttons (see our Pinterest board). Some of the buttons you see here may not be available on our website but you can purchase them at Joann Fabrics stores.
3. Tinsel string
4. Fabric glue
5. Embroidery thread
7. Piece of 8 x 10 cardboard or larger
I’ve also compiled a list of our buttons from our website on a Pinterest board titled “Ugly Christmas Sweater Buttons”. Sure, pom-poms and tinsel can only do so much, right?
DIY Ugly Christmas Sweater
1. First I placed the buttons where I wanted them and took some photos with my phone to get an idea of what I wanted.
2. After the photo, I took them all off again and made a different version with the same buttons.
3. Once I was happy with the placement I began sewing on each button – with the cardboard on the inside of the shirt. I didn’t want to accidentally sewing through the entire shirt. I used a thicker type of thread to really hold on to the button but it also makes a great addition should you decide to tie a bow in the front.
4. Then I cut and measured the tinsel string on the spots I wanted it. I glued it down with the fabric glue. We LOOOVE this glue from Beacon Adhesives and it’s always in arms reach – especially in the craft department!
5. Sewed the pom-poms in place.
6. Added a few more buttons as necessary!
And voila! You have a beautiful Ugly Christmas Sweater!
Remember what it looked like before??