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
- Embroidery hoops
- Mini holiday ornaments or jingle bells
- Water-based stain
- Foam brush
- Wire cutters (these are my favorite)
- Applique scissors
- Baker’s twine
- Hot glue
- I recommend you watch this video before you begin
After purchasing my used sweaters, I washed them and added fabric softener for the coziest Christmas ornaments ever.
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.
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.
Hooping the Sweater Fabric
I wanted the embroidery hoop screw to be the top of my ornaments; therefore, I planned my fabric accordingly.
I cut my fabric larger than the inner embroidery hoop 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.
Then I turned over the embroidery hoop and trimmed the excess sweater fabric using applique scissors.
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.
I used mini gold ornaments; however, I could have used any bulbs color. To attach the bulb to the hoop screw, I used ribbon.
Then I cut pieces of greenery to attach with hot glue to the hoop.
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.
I cannot wait to start my Christmas decorating. But, of course, the first thing is adding these to my Christmas tree.
More Christmas Crafts Ideas:
This adorable gingerbread man wreath is perfect for decorating your kitchen for the holidays.
I made these Santa Gnome ornaments from shipping boxes.
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