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.
I had fun digging into my vintage trim stash for this! It would be fun to work on with kids designing them, as well.
This is a Ralph Lauren sweater with about 500 moth holes in it. But I found enough space to cut out two ornaments!
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.
Pin this upcycled sweater Christmas ornament tutorial for later with this link or collage photo:
Upcycled sweater Christmas ornament tutorial
- 1 old 100% wool sweater
- Vintage ric rac & trims
- Decorative buttons or sequins
- Floss & thread
- Free ornament pattern – sign up for my newsletter and get the full pattern 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!