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Upcycled sweater Christmas ornament tutorial

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upcycled sweater ornament tutorial

I have been sharing free ornament tutorials every friday in November & December, and this week I have an upcycled sweater Christmas ornament tutorial! Using up those super thick, shrunken sweaters that went through the washer and dryer, you can sew soft, festive ornaments with inexpensive trims.

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I had fun digging into my vintage trim stash for this! It would be fun to work on with kids designing them, as well.upcycled felt ornament tutorial

This is a Ralph Lauren sweater with about 500 moth holes in it. But I found enough space to cut out two ornaments!hand sewn wool ornament

This is the second one, to give you another idea for embellishment, but I realized after finishing it that the sequins are 100% crooked. I was rushing to finish before we left on vacation, moved up by a snow storm, so please forgive me! There are so many creative ways to embellish the plain template, I can’t wait to see people sewing them up.

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Sew inexpensive Christmas ornaments out of old sweaters with this free pattern and tutorial! Fun upcycled Christmas craft with a printable template.

Upcycled sweater Christmas ornament tutorial


  • 1 old 100% wool sweater
  • Stuffing
  • Vintage ric rac & trims
  • Decorative buttons or sequins
  • Needles
  • Floss & thread
  • Free ornament pattern- sign up for my newsletter and get the free download once you confirm your subscription! If you’re already a subscriber, you can access the pattern with the password in each newsletter, in the resource library.



    Step 1- Cut up the side seams of the sweater and find a good spot to cut 2 different ornament shapes.

    Step 2- Sew on trims! This is definitely the fun part.

    Step 3: Blanket stitch or running stitch around the edges, pausing to add some stuffing and then sewing all the way around.

    Step 4- Add any extra beads and sew on a hanging thread, and throw it on your tree!

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Monday 5th of February 2024

I just love the ornament! I ask myself why I didn't think of that!! Thank you for sharing.

Stephanie - Swoodson Says

Monday 25th of March 2024

happy to hear it :) :)

Betty Flores

Thursday 16th of June 2022

Beautiful, great idea to share with kids, looks like it will be lots of fun to make for all crafty friends.

Stephanie - Swoodson Says

Tuesday 28th of June 2022

thanks Betty!!


Tuesday 18th of December 2018

Me encsntan todas esas ideas


Friday 14th of December 2018

That's a beautiful & great idea!

Stephanie - Swoodson Says

Sunday 11th of August 2019

Thanks Marcia! I am excited to make some more this year :)

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