12 of the Ugliest Christmas Sweaters (+ Free Patterns to Make Your Own)
Ready for some of the ugliest Christmas sweaters ever? This list is full of 'em!
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Ugly sweaters are one of the most creative and fun recent Christmas traditions. If you are unfamiliar with the term "ugly Christmas sweater" or "ugly holiday sweater" then you are in for a treat.
Basically, you can buy or make a sweater and then adorn it with all sorts of holiday embellishments in the gaudiest ways you can think of. Many have ugly Christmas sweater parties or even contests in which the ugliest one wins. Sure, there are plenty of brick and mortar and online stores who have joined the craze but it's SO EASY to make a DIY ugly sweater that it's well worth taking the extra time to make your own.
Of course, there are plenty of people who tap deep into their creativity and skills to make amazing costumes, some of which are difficult to replicate, but most are not. Don't believe us? Then take a look at this list of funny ugly Christmas sweater ideas we think you need to see.
Use these ugly sweater ideas to inspire your next creation or simply check out this list to have a laugh and show your friends. We tried to include variety to truly show how many different takes on the "ugly Christmas sweater" there are around. Look through these awesome ugly Christmas sweaters and be inspired for your next holiday party. There will be a note if there's a free pattern or tutorial included.
First! How to Make an Ugly Sweater
There isn't a set answer to the question, "what is an ugly Christmas sweater?" but the theme is usually "impressively tacky." Whether that means adding every decoration but the kitchen sink to a sweater or recreating a classic Christmas theme in the form of a sweater, well, that's up to you. As you will see, sometimes they could barely be considered sweaters and more like costumes. Either way, there are certainly many opportunities to use your sewing skills!
This page is meant to inspire you to come up with an idea that will make you light up as bright as a Christmas tree. Your ugly sweater doesn't have to be Christmas-themed, either. It can be used to celebrate other winter holidays or even just ugliness.
Our friends at AllFreeChristmasCrafts have a guide on How to Make an Ugly Sweater + 5 Ugly Christmas Sweater Ideas. Here are the basic steps:
- Find an old sweater in your closet or buy one from the store. You can also make one.
- Gather Christmas decorations for your DIY ugly Christmas sweater.
- Plan out your DIY ugly sweater.
- Attach the embellishments to your homemade ugly sweater.
- Put it on and test it out (to see if it's functional).
For more Christmas sewing projects, be sure to look at our collection of 23 Most Wanted Sewn Gift Ideas for Christmas
Stuck in the Chimney Ugly Christmas Sweater
Ridiculous Rudolph the Reindeer Sweater DIY
This reindeer sweater from Angie at The Country Chic Cottage is one of the best ugly sweaters to make if you're short on time and have limited money or skills. It's so easy and fun. People will get a kick out of this giant googly-eyed Rudolph walking into the room. Plus, you'll find all the materials and steps shown for the sweater project here.
The Ugliest Yet Most Creative Festive Sweater DRESSES
Quick Transformation DIY Ugly Christmas Tree Sweater
On the Heathiepants Instagram, you'll find the image of a Christmas sweater idea that quickly went viral. It looks like a tacky Christmas sweater as is but when set yourself up in a specific pose, you'll look just like a decorated Christmas tree! How cool is that? You'll find the tutorial on Heather's YouTube channel.
Become a Life Size Snow Globe with This DIY Ugly Christmas Sweater
Hopefully no one picks you up and shakes you too hard but being a life-sized snow globe has to be one of the funniest ideas for ugly sweater parties. Country Living has this as a Halloween costume idea, which means it's a great idea for either Halloween or Christmastime. This tutorial provides all the details for making your own.
Tipping the Ladder Extreme Ugly Christmas Sweater
We told you that Mr. Noack would be back in this list and that's because we could make a list of the ugliest Christmas sweaters without this one. Not for the casual crafter, this DIY sweater is much more than that. If you're ready to put some work in and commit to wearing a full tree all night, give this a shot. You're guaranteed to be in the running for "best worst sweater" contests! Find the tutorial on Instructables here.
Turn a Sweater into a Snow Globe
You saw the tutorial that taught you how to create a person-sized snow globe but this one is just as clever. You'll build a snow globe on your belly! Besides this idea from Instructables member ChamiaL being a clever way to hide that extra accidentally-ate-too-many-Christmas-cookies-winter-weight, it's a fun DIY project that will result in a cute and funny sweater that will have people gathering around. Find the video tutorial on Instructables here.
Don't Forget the Tree Skirt Festive Light-Up Sweater
This one from The Cards We Drew is simple but charmingly ugly. Not only does this classic Christmas tree adorn the front of this sweater but it ACTUALLY LIGHTS UP and has a tacky tree skirt with a ruffle underneath. We like this one because it doesn't cause a lot of interference while you're enjoying yourself at the party. You can find the tutorial here.
Sweet Candy Cane DIY Christmas Dress
Here's an easy but clever Christmas sweater...well, dress, from C.R.A.F.T. that will have mouths watering. All you need is a red dress and you can add white candy stripes and probably the funkiest "hat" you've ever worn. The end result? A life-size candy cane! If you have a group, you can connect yourselves with some string and be garland! Learn how to make your own with this step-by-step here.
Everything But the Kitchen Sink Sweater Idea
Wanna throw everything you've got in your Christmas boxes onto a sweater? Then this ugly sweater idea is for you! Nik727 from Instructables created a sweater that involves lots of rummaging but not a ton of work. There's no real tutorial here because it's based on what you have around. Sew things on, use a glue gun, or wrap and stuff to make it work!
Home for the Holidays Hilarious Christmas Sweater
Couples Too Festive Reindeer Sweaters
This one is for the couples! Never lose your partner again or risk losing your poor, sick Rudolph. GemaRastem from Instructables created this SUPER EASY tutorial for an ugly Christmas sweater project that featuring a reindeer who expands over two sweaters. Cheap, easy, festive, and fun. What more could you ask for?
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