DIY: Operation Ugly Christmas Sweater

These are completely badass and will make you the life of ANY party. Literally. People will most likely be staring and complimenting you ALL night. I mean, YOU ARE lit up, like a real tree. You’ll be the center of attention wherever you go. And it will probably only take you a couple hours of your life to get one of these bright bundles of joy put together.

A few years ago I made my first one two of these beauties for an old ex and I to wear to a party (he actually still wears his!), and now you can. People were constantly asking where I got it from, and after explaining that I made them, everyone wanted one. I doubt anyone actually went home and tried to make one, but they really should have… (which could be due to the fact that I didn’t exactly explain the process in detail the first time around.) Oops! Finally a friend of mine asked me what she needed to know to make one, so I am now.

Here’s how–

Step 1. Buy all the components.
– Sweater of your choice, green fabric, red fabric, white fabric, ribbon, battery operated LED lights, tacky miniature ornaments, sewing tool kit (needle, thread, pen, scissors)

Step 2. Trace & cut your designs out of the fabric.
– You are NOT limited to a tree, you can do anything. Use your imagination! If you don’t have faith in your artistic ability, print your design on paper and trace onto your fabric.

Step 3. Sew all the overlapping fabric cut-outs together.
– This will create much less work in the long run. Imagine sewing each piece onto your sweater individually… you can do this if you want to, but this is a shortcut, and I know I would appreciate knowing this the first time around.

Step 4. Sew the designs-patch onto the sweater.

Step 5. Attach the lights!!
– When attaching the lights, you want to start at the bottom of your sweater. Remember– the battery pack will most likely be sitting securely in your pocket! You can cut a small hole at the bottom of your sweater where you can string the lights through so a dangling cord isn’t taking away from your masterpiece. Drape the remainder of the lights across the tree or through the snow by lacing through the stitching from the previous step. (This can get very frustrating, so just think about how much you’ll be glowing in a few hours!)

Step 6. Hook your ornaments onto the sweater by sewing and tying a knot at the top.
– Seriously, get creative here. This is your chance to give this sweater some serious personality. If you want to be able to remove the ornaments you can easily secure these from the back with safety pins.

We made it! Happy Holidays peeps! ❤

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