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DIY maternity ugly christmas sweater

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How would you like to make a no sew, maternity ugly Christmas sweater? I couldn’t find any in local thrift stores that I loved, so I made this easy DIY maternity ugly Christmas sweater instead!

As you can probably tell, I’m 5 months pregnant, which led to the inspiration for my giant ornament decal. The iron-on glitter, stencils, and glitter glue were all easy to use and I love how it turned out. The process was easy, but I have a step-by-step tutorial on how to make your own (maternity humor optional).

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It’s too bad I was only in my second trimester; you can see how far out that ornament would have been sticking in my third trimester, looking back at past maternity sewing pictures!

How to make a maternity ugly christmas sweater


1. Trace a big circle! I used an embroidery hoop, but check your household goods. Glass storage container lids work really well too!

2. Use a ruler and divide the circle into three parts.

3. Cut apart!

4. Trace or cut around each piece on the transfer sheets. I tried 2 different methods (paper rotary cutter  and tracing/regular scissors) and found that tracing and using regular scissors was easiest.

5. Double check that everything lines up!

6. Iron on high with a white or beige cotton piece in between, to protect your iron and diffuse the heat. Ornament base done!

7. I wanted to check my word placement so I used the stencils on freezer paper – found in your grocery store, you can draw on the matte side and then iron it shiny-side down without damage to the fabric. My first attempt was too spread out – “Anta Bab” is not a very cute message.

8. I placed my letters closer together and used a craft knife to carve out the final version. The glitter glue recommends a sponge, but I had a paint brush handy so I used that!

9. Liberally pour the glitter over the glue.

10. I peeled off the paper immediately, for fear that the glue would dry and attach the paper to the fabric.

11. I used the 3-D glitter paint to create the ornament topper. I was a little nervous about how this looked wet! But it turned out great.

You’re done! Enjoy!

A close-up view of the finished product. This was after taking the shirt off & on a few times and you can see that some of the text’s glitter flaked off. I think for a second version, I would use a thicker layer of glue. The thickest layer was on the B, which then looked the crispest. The iron-on glitter doesn’t shed at all and looks so clean and pretty!

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Check out this easy, no sew maternity ugly christmas sweater tutorial! Enjoy your office party with a silly Christmas DIY shirt. #christmas #maternity #crafts

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I feel like I’m my own cheesy Christmas card! Ho ho ho! Check out more DIY ugly Christmas sweater tutorials on my Pinterest board, below.


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Wednesday 20th of March 2019

I have always been a sceptic of such clothing hacks, but your approach and process really changed my mind. The glitter along with the colours really give a bit of colourful touch to the overall structure of the plain sweatshirt. The best part is that you don't have to work hard for this at all! Thank you.

Stephanie - Swoodson Says

Wednesday 27th of March 2019

thanks for reading!


Monday 10th of November 2014

This is everything. Great job!

Stephanie - Swoodson Says

Monday 10th of November 2014

Thanks Alexa, I had a lot of fun with it!

Jeanette Nyberg

Monday 10th of November 2014

I love it! What a great sweatshirt you came up with, and the little Santa hat makes the whole thing. Wasn't the iron on glitter stuff fun to use?!

Stephanie - Swoodson Says

Monday 10th of November 2014

Thanks for visiting Jeanette! I should edit it and add... that's my dog's Santa hat that I bobby pinned on, haha!! The iron-on sheet ARE fun to use, I love glitter without glitter everywhere.


Monday 10th of November 2014

As always, your face cracks me up :) I think the boys may need some ugly sweaters this Christmas!

Stephanie - Swoodson Says

Monday 10th of November 2014

Yesssss I hadn't even thought about a kid version!! You first, so I can copy ;)


Monday 10th of November 2014

So fun - that iron on looks great! I'll have to check it out!

Stephanie - Swoodson Says

Monday 10th of November 2014

It is amazing, I am going to use the scraps leftover for some gift bags!

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