DIY Cute Ugly Christmas Sweater

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Learn how to make a DIY cute ugly Christmas sweater with glitter iron-on vinyl and tulle pompom. This Cricut maker sewing project is quick and easy!

This year I’ve seen some cute “ugly” Christmas sweaters around the internet and decided to finally make my own. I went for something simple, comfy, and cute, and I love it. I want to wear it everyday!

I used some glitter iron on vinyl that I cut out with my Cricut Maker, some glitter tulle that I made into pompoms, and a nice reddish sweatshirt that I bought. The pompoms are a little bit ridiculous, but that’s the ugly part, right?

diy cute ugly christmas sweater

I love a good themed top for the holidays. I’m slowly making a little collection for my family and I that we get out when a specific holiday rolls around. I’ve wanted to make myself a ugly Christmas sweater for a long time, but I never had the time or the right idea.

diy cute ugly christmas sweater

This “HO, HO, HO” sweatshirt is just so fun!

DIY Cute Ugly Christmas Sweater

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DIY Cute Ugly Christmas Sweater

DIY Cute Ugly Christmas Sweater


DIY Cute Ugly Christmas Sweater supplies

Use your cutting machine to cut out three large “H’s” from the glitter iron-on vinyl. Choose a fun font that’s easy to read from far away.

cricut maker cutting glitter iron-on vinyl

Weed the letters and cut them apart.

weed glitter iron-on vinyl

Decide on the placement of the “H’s” on the sweatshirt. I went for a dancing diagonal design, but you can place them however you want. Remember that the pompoms will be on one side of the “H” to balance it out into a word.

place "h's" on the front of sweater

Apply the iron on vinyl to the sweatshirt with an Easypress 2.

apply iron-on vinyl with easypress 2

Let it cool and then peel the plastic backing off.

peel off plastic backing

Cut the tulle into three long strips.

cut strips of tulle

Wrap one strip of tulle around a pompom maker.

wrap around pompom maker

Holding the tulle in the middle cut the tulle around the edge to create the pompom.

cut along edge to create pompom

Remove the pompom and hold in the center.

remove pompom from pompom maker

Sew throught the center of the pieces with a sewing machine. This will flatten it slightly, but it will make the pompom stronger so that it can be washed in a washing machine.

stitch the layers together

Pull all the folded pieces of tulle apart and fluff the pompom. Trim anything to make it look like a sphere.

Make two more pompoms.

fluff, separate, and trim tulle pompoms

Use some thread and a hand needle to hand sew the pompoms onto the sweatshirt next to the “H’s”.

\Make the stitches long and tight so that it goes across a lot of the sweatshirt fabric instead of one tiny spot. You don’t want the stitches to get ripped out and make a hole.

hand sew pompoms to sweater

You finished! The tulle pompoms make the sweatshirt a little more delicate than before, but it can still be washed in a washing machine and hung to dry.

DIY Cute Ugly Christmas Sweater

If you make something using this sewing project, I’d love to see! Please share it on social media with the hashtag #heatherhandmade and tag me!

DIY Cute Ugly Christmas Sweater
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I believe small sewing moments can create great joy. Find your own “right” way to sew. -Heather

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