4 DIY Christmas Jumpers Ideas

I love Christmas, the decorating, lushus food, time with family and friends. I can be a bit of a bah humbug about things such as Christmas Jumpers, viewing them as a waste of money..

Via Twitter I spotted a competition to win a sewing machine for  creating your own DIY Christmas Jumper. I was shocked to read that 300 million (in the UK alone) is likely to be spent on an item that will be worn once this season!! How nuts is that???

The requirements of the competition being run by Love Your Clothes – that the jumper altered is either one from your wardrobe or second hand, with adornments being either washable or removable. My mind went into over drive, I have managed to contain myself and limit my entry to a mere 3 DIY Christmas Jumpers! No 4 never quite made the deadline on Monday morning!!

4 DIY Christmas Jumpers

  1. Simple pom poms made with glittery wool – I used a pompom maker and managed to persuade my daughter the pompoms belonged to me. She has her beady eye on them!!

Pom Pom Christmas Jumper

2. Baubles – these are made with sweet wrappers.

Sweet Wrapper DIY Christmas Jumper

Pieces of sweet wrapper are layered on fabric, machine embroidered, cut out (use a cup for circles stencil) and add a brooch pin on the back (a glue gun is great for this).

Sweet wrapper baubles

Visit So Sew Easy for a tutorial on the machine embroidery.

3. Felt Baubles

Felt bauble brooches to create reuseable Christmas sweater

Ever shrunk a jumper in the wash by accident? Use the sweater to create felt baubles. Firstly iron on fusible interfacing to the back of the felt. Cut out your bauble shape. Cut out different coloured felt and place on the bauble.

Upcycled sweater felt baubles

Have fun with a variety of stitches and colours to decorate your bauble. Not confident about hand embroidery? There is a variety of stitched with instructions here. Lastly sew a brooch pin onto the back.

4. JOY

Applique letter to make a christmas jumper

The letters are created from silk. Iron on fusible interfacing onto the back of the silk. Place bondaweb on the top, shred glittery threads over the top, place your paper (which came with the bondaweb) over the top and iron.

How to fuse wool

This melts the glue in the bondaweb and adheres the threads to the silk.

Tecture in applique letters

Which is your favourite? Do you wear Christmas jumpers?





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  1. December 9, 2015 / 6:51 pm

    I love the embroidered ornaments! They’re my favorite!!

    • Vicky
      December 9, 2015 / 7:16 pm

      I think it’s my favourite too, worn the cardigan twice in three days!! I was inspired by Nancy Nicholson who offers embroidery kits:)

  2. December 9, 2015 / 6:54 pm

    Lovely ideas – I made my own xmas jumper a few years ago, but did a shockingly bad job! I spent the day itself shedding tinsel and baubles… xx
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    • Vicky
      December 9, 2015 / 7:14 pm

      Have to admit when I wore the pompom jumper I did seem to spread sparkle as I walked!

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