Gifts: A DIY Ugly Sweater Party

December 3, 2014

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I had a high school religion teacher who wore ugly sweaters like it was her job. She did it with a straight face. Without an ounce of irony. She rocked those things on the daily and looked a hot mess each and every time I saw her. She looked like the punch line to every joke ever told….but she was the religion teacher…so you couldn’t really make fun of her. Because, I am quite sure that gets you a one-way ticket to the fiery down under. But now that I think about it, the joke’s on us. Turns out her ugly sweaters are cool again. Sort of.

The whole ugly Christmas sweater phenomenon is alive and well – and has now reared it “ugly” head in the craft world, where ugly Christmas sweaters are popping up all over the place. My Favorite Things is one such place where you can find all your crafty ugly sweater needs with their new Comfy Sweater Die-namics set. I grabbed up these dies as soon as I saw them and today, I’m gonna walk you through my idea for an Ugly Christmas Sweater Party.

Now, most parties of this nature require your guests to show up donning some wretched beast of a sweater that looks like it was rescued from the clearance rack of a Cracker Barrel.  My version of an ugly sweater party is much less itchy. My version is all about the crafting! Get your friends together and craft up the ugliest sweaters you can imagine…and the best part is…it’s impossible to mess up! The uglier, the better. For this party, use the My Favorite Things Sweater Dies to create holiday gift tags that are oh so cute…I mean, ugly.

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The supplies you’ll need to host a crafter’s ugly sweater party are easy to find at your craft store. Just load up on embellishments that catch your eye. The gaudier the better! Throw everything out on the table and let your friends get creative. You can pre-cut a bunch of sweater shapes so that everyone can get right to it. The goal here is to make assembly easy! Steer clear of supplies that require lots of time and effort like heat embossing or laborious coloring.

And just in case you still need some direction on assembling the ugliest of sweaters, I’ve got you covered with the Damask Love 2015 Ugly Sweater Winter Collection.  Let me introduce you to the line up:

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Die cut the smallest sweater shape from white cardstock // Die cut the sweater ribbing from green cardstock // Place 1/8″ double sided adhesive onto the white sweater to create stripes // Remove adhesive backing and sprinkle on red glitter / Adhere green ribbing and gingerbread man sticker

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How to make it:

Cut large sweater shape from light green and medium green cardstock // Cut sleeves of medium green cardstock sweater shape // Adhere sleeves onto light green sweater shape // Die cut sweater ribbing from dark green cardstock and adhere //  Place Christmas tree stickers and adhesive pearls

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Cut large sweater shape from white cardstock // Stamp sweater with Nordic Knits in red ink // Die cut sweater ribbing from red cardstock and adhere // Adhere glitter snowflake sticker

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How to make it:

Die cut two of the large sweater shapes from green cardstock // Cut one of the sweaters in half vertically and gently ink the edge with green ink to create some shading // Adhere the sweater half on top of the other to create a cardigan // Stamp the green cardigan with snowflakes using white pigment ink // Adhere red gemstone buttons // Die cut sweater ribbing from white cardstock and use a marker to make candy stripes // Adhere sweater ribbing to the green sweater

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Create a cardigan sweater using the same technique described above // Adhere pearl buttons and candy cane stickers //  Die cut sweater ribbing from white cardstock and only adhere to sleeve cuffs // Adhere mini pom poms to cuffs

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Die cut the small sweater from green cardcstock // Die cut sweater ribbing from white cardstock and adhere // Adhere snowman sticker

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How to make it:

Die cut large sweater shape from light blue cardstock // Die cut sweater ribbing from medium blue cardstock and adhere // Stick on snowflake stickers and use glue to adhere mini pom poms

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Have I convinced you that you need a crafty ugly sweater party in your life!? It is really so much fun to create these guys! Swing by the MFTStamps shop to get the Comfy Sweater Die-namics. It’s the building block for this project, so you’ll wanna have it! From there, have fun picking out tacky embellishments that will make your sweater tags as ugly as humanly possible.

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26 thoughts on “A DIY Ugly Sweater Party”

  1. I think this is hilarious! It is perfect for Christmas and we all know someone who has worn or have been guilty of wearing..ahem an ugly sweater. Thanks for this great project. Love it!

  2. This is hilarious! I’m under the hair dryer at the salon & cackled out loud! I tried to explain to the other ladies but I don’t think they’re crafters. Oh well. It’s funny. And sooo cute. I mean, ugly. You know what I mean. I was thinking of making us all ugly sweaters from sweatshirts & after seeing this, I’m doing it. I also put the MFT sweater die on my wishlist. Thanks for my laugh of the day

  3. As much as I hate ugly sweaters, this post has inspired me to go buy an ugly sweater and host an Ulgy Sweater Party! Love, love, love!

  4. Oh I needed this laugh today! 🙂 The sweaters and their names are so cute & funny. I just recently stumbled onto your blog, and I really enjoy it. Thanks for sharing your talent and sense of humor!

  5. Your ugly sweaters are just adorable! I laughed all the way through with the names you gave them. You are so creative! Thanks for spreading cheer! 🙂

  6. Amber, I am so, so, so very disappointed about not getting in on the Cyber Deal for the Cricut Explore! I have been checking your blog every day (which has become a part of my crafting routine LOL!) and I have not received any new posts from you since before thanksgiving. I had been participating in the giveaways and everything I all of a sudden was not able to open any new posts. They just stopped coming through. I have been checking daily but nothing new. Today I had to go to the Archives to pull in today’s blog post. This is like the second time this has happened to me on your blog. I guess it’s some kind of computer glitch. Bummer!! However, I will keep looking out for any new deals for this machine because I really want one! If you happen to cross any other deals for this machine please, please let me know. Thanks!

  7. This post was so funny that I literally laughed out loud! The titles of these adorable and not- ugly-at-all sweaters were just hysterical! Thanks for the inspiration!

  8. Gosh, I really love your blog! these are SO cute!! love the idea that they can become ornaments, tags, go on cards, I’m pretty certain it could become addicting… 😉

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