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DIY Sweater Ornaments

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I decided to make sweater ornaments from the leftover sweater (knit fabric) from making sweater Christmas stockings and sweater pumpkins


White sweater embroidery hoop ornaments sitting on a wood table

Sweater DIY Ornaments

How to Make DIY Sweater Ornaments 

Creating handmade ornaments using old sweaters is super easy and inexpensive. I found some cozy used sweaters on sale at the thrift store for this project.

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DIY Ornament Supplies



After purchasing my used sweaters, I washed them and added fabric softener for the coziest Christmas ornaments ever.

supplies to make sweater ornaments (sweater, Christmas bulbs, greenery, embroidery hoops, and ribbon)

Ornament supplies

Staining the Embroidery Hoops

The first step was staining the outer ring of the embroidery hoop. I used a water-based stain since it has no smell and dries in minutes. I used this same method in the other hoop ornaments I made.

I used a foam brush to apply the stain and then a paper towel to wipe off the excess paint.


staining the outer ring of the embroidery hoop with with a sponge brush

Stain embroidery hoop

Cutting the Sweater Ornament Fabric

After my sweater was dry, it was ready to cut. But, first, I had to turn the right side out to cut between the stains. 

I wanted my ornaments to repeat the exact pattern, so I used it as the template to cut the other ones.

Sweater with embroidery hoop inner rings and scissors on a cutting mat

Place Inner hoops on a sweater

Hooping the Sweater Fabric 

I wanted the embroidery hoop screw to be the top of my ornaments; therefore, I planned my fabric accordingly. 

Embroidery hoops with cut sweater fabric on a cutting mat

Cut sweater pieces

I cut my fabric larger than the inner embroidery hoop ring. 


Placing the stained outer ring of the embroidery hoop with the piece of sweater on a cutting mat

Add the outer ring

Then placed the fabric over the inner ring, positioning it with the design in mind. Next, I put the outer ring over the material with the screw at the top and tightened the screw until it was snug.

Trimming the extra sweater fabric from the back using a pair of applique scissors

Trim excess fabric

Then I turned over the embroidery hoop and trimmed the excess sweater fabric using applique scissors. 

Embroidery hoops with sweater fabric hopped in them on a cutting mat

Sweater fabric in Embroidery hoops

Decorating Sweater Christmas Ornaments

I decided to decorate my hoop ornaments since the white sweater with the rustic wood-stained hoop would look great with gold and green. 

Supplies (mini gold bulb, ribbon and greenery to decorate the embroidery hoop ornament

Decoration supplies

I used mini gold ornaments; however, I could have used any bulbs color. To attach the bulb to the hoop screw, I used ribbon.

Gluing the greenery to the embroidery hoop

Add greenery

Then I cut pieces of greenery to attach with hot glue to the hoop. 

Finished sweater ornaments on a cutting mat

Embroidery hoop ornaments

Ornament Hanger

I used baker’s twine for my hanger. However, I could have used ribbon. The blue and white baker’s twine looks perfect with the wood, sweater, gold bulb, and greenery. 


White sweater embroidery hoop ornaments sitting on a wood table

Sweater DIY Ornaments

I cannot wait to start my Christmas decorating. But, of course, the first thing is adding these to my Christmas tree.

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I made these Santa Gnome ornaments from shipping boxes. 

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Tanya Derrey

Monday 21st of November 2022

These are soooooo cute I love them :) Pinning! Hugs- Tanya @


Friday 11th of November 2022

I'm making some of these!


Monday 7th of November 2022

Brilliant! I'm someone who has been known to shrink an old sweater in a too hot wash once or twice. This would be a lovely way to use them. Thanks for sharing with us at Handmade Monday :-)

Kristin salazar

Tuesday 14th of December 2021

These are so adorable! I just love this idea and on this cold rainy day, it makes me want to make a few :)


Tuesday 14th of December 2021

This is clever! I am going to make this with my kids.

Kippi Ohern

Tuesday 14th of December 2021

@Ivana, Thank you so much for your visit today. I hope you enjoy crafting these with your kids. Merry Christmas, Kippi

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