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13 Amazing DIY Ugly Sweaters

Tis the season for ugly sweater parties! I don’t know how or why this tradition started, but since it’s caught on, even the high-end department stores have gone to great lengths to create fashionable (and EXPENSIVE) ugly sweaters…but I don’t play by those rulez!

The whole point of ugly sweaters is to make them as tacky as possible…and if you ask me, the only way to really do that is to make them yourself!

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And if you need some creative inspiration, here are a few amazing ugly sweaters made by creative minds just like yours! Just dig through your craft stash and grab your hot glue gun, some feathers, a few pieces of felt and an old sweater and you have the makings to create something truly fantastic!

Maybe Christmas spirit, like this, doesn’t come from a store…
Your Big Collection of Outrageously Ugly DIY Christmas Sweater Ideas - DIY for Life:

Puke up some holiday cheer!
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Well, this is slightly morbid…
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Don’t have a mantel?  BECOME THE MANTEL!
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Want to go in together?  This couple has the right idea!
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Because…why not.
DIY Ugly Christmas Sweaters To Try This Holiday Season | University of Illinois News:

This is a dollar store dream come true!
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BE A SNOWGLOBE!
Learn how to make an uncommon DIY ugly Christmas sweater with this Snow Globe DIY Ugly Sweater tutorial. By using a clear plastic bowl, you will give the illusion of a snow globe bursting out of the front of your homemade ugly Christmas sweater.:

This is my kind of Christmas spirit!
UGLY CHRISTMAS SWEATER MENS BOOZING SNOWMAN LIGHTS MUSIC JINGLE BELLS SONG SZ L #whocares #Crewneck:

I’m pretty sure my 3rd grade teacher owned this sweater 😉
Adorable 2 doves & a Pear in Garland Christmas Tree Ugly Christmas Sweaters Light UP sz L With matching TuTu Tree Skirt w presents Womens by tackyuglychristmas on Etsy:

This one’s sure to get you on the naughty list!
Naughty Ugly Christmas Party Holiday Sweater Mens XL Special Auction | eBay | best stuff:

Really can’t get much uglier than this one…
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Hahahahahahhahaha I honestly love this.
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10 of My Favorite Felt Flowers

I am notorious for killing flowers. I don’t know what it is, I water them, I love them, I talk to them…but for some reason, I just can’t keep them alive. This is why I have succulents literally taking over my apartment…

But fake flowers…now that I can get behind! I love the look of flowers in a room, and fake flowers are a great solution for us who are cursed with not-so-green thumbs.

Fake flowers can be made out of several materials, but I happen to love the look of felt flowers. Felt comes in a wide assortment of colors and textures, so it’s easy to create an arrangement that is both beautiful and eye-catching. Felt flowers are also cute enough that they don’t look tacky and they can easily compliment almost any decor.

Gathered here are 10 of my favorite felt flower patterns. I’ve used several of these in creating flowers around my home and I love how they instantly brighten up a room. I am also looking forward to making those felt pine cones for the holidays. How cute are those?!

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Pinterest Top 10: My Favorite Felt Flower Patterns

Turquoise Torie Jayne Flower
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5-Petal Pearl Flowers
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Circle Petal Flower
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Felt Succulents
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Felt Anemones
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Pom Pom Flowers
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Cone Mums
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Felt Pinecones
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Felt Poinsettia
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Felt Feather Mums
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Want to see more of my favorite felt patterns? Check out my Pinterest board, Crafts Made with Felt!

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DIY Matching Fishing Game

If your summer is anything like mine, you’re gearing up for a few months full of baby showers and birthday parties. It seems like spring has sprung and almost everyone in my circle is settling down and starting families of their own.

And, as a child of the 80s and 90s, I feel like I was very spoiled in terms of sheer toy awesomeness. The toys of my nostalgic years just don’t match up to the toys of today…and I just can’t see spending all this money on a toy that was built to last no more than 2 months.

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SO, I’ve resulted to creating handmade toys. Yup, that’s right…making fun play things by hand. Crocheted amigurumi characters, sewn stuffed toys, and fun games for kids are on my to-do list as I craft up some fun gifts for family and friends for these upcoming celebrations and holidays (CHRISTMAS IS COMING).

To start, I’ve been working on this cute matching fish game, reminiscent of the 90s board game “Let’s Go Fishin’”.

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While these fish won’t move around and chomp on your line, they will look beautiful lying on your floor! 😉  Great for teaching kids how to match colors, patterns, or words, this fishing game is both fun and educational for young minds…best of all, it’s super easy to make!

Matching Fishing Game

Materials:

  • Fabric (I used a charm pack)
  • Fish Template (find one online or draw by hand)
  • Scissors
  • Fabric pins
  • Sewing machine
  • Stuffing
  • Needle and thread
  • Yarn
  • Wooden Pole
  • Bendable Wire (I used flower wire)

Instructions:

  1. Using your template, cut out as many fish as you’d like. Since you’ll be sewing two sides together, make sure you have the fabric positioned correctly to give you two uniform fish (outsides facing in).
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  2. Sew the fish together, leaving a small hole for stuffing.  I found it helpful to leave the hole on the bottom of the fish.  Turn your fish rights side out. Stuff your fish lightly and then continue sewing it closed by hand.
    HELPFUL TIP:  To stuff the tail, I used the arm of my sunglasses to shove the stuffing into the tail.  Worked perfectly!
  3. Using needle and yarn, sew a small loop on front of fish.  You can also use hot glue to attach numbers, words, or patterns to your fish…use your imagination!
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  4. To create your pole, wrap yarn around one end of your wooden pole. Use glue to secure, if necessary. On other end, attach folded wire. This is what your kid will use to “hook” onto the loops on the front of the fish.
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    Here’s a close-up of the hook.  I just wrapped the yarn around the wire, then folded the wire up to secure the yarn.
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  5. And there you have it! This is a super easy and fun project and it makes a great gift idea for growing young minds.
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Vintage Felt Pinwheels

As you can all probably tell, I’ve been on a kick recently to clear out my craft stash. I’ve been trying to use up leftover yarn, fabric, felt, and more in an effort to A) make room in our closet for things we ACTUALLY need to store there…like coats and shoes and B) ultimately make room for more craft stuff that I obviously don’t need. Ugh…it’s a vicious cycle.

Anyway, I’ve been working through my felt stash and came upon this idea to make these cute vintage inspired pinwheels. I’m not quite sure how I want to use them, although they’d be great on a gift package or as a hair accessory, but they were so fun and easy to make, and it was a great way to get rid of all those little felt scraps that are too small to reuse but too big to throw away.

You could also make really tiny ones and turn them into earrings or a necklace! Ohh! I think I just found my next craft project!


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Vintage Felt Pinwheels

Materials:

  • Felt squares, about 4″ on all sides
  • Scissors
  • Hot Glue Gun/Glue Sticks
  • Vintage beads or buttons

 

Instructions:

  1. If it’s not cut already, cut your felt into a small 4″ x 4″ square (you can go smaller or larger depending on how big you want your pinwheel to be).
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  2. Fold your square corner to corner so it forms a triangle shape.
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  3. Cut from the corner to the fold, but DO NOT cut through the fold.  Stop a few centimeters before the fold.  Unfold and repeat with the other two corners.
  4. When you unfold your square, you should have 4 slices, one from each corner going towards the center of the square, but not through it.
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  5. Now you’re ready to start folding!  Place a dollop of hot glue or fabric glue in the middle of your square and fold down one corner to the middle of the square.  Repeat this with every other corner to create a pinwheel shape.
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  6. Secure the corners with another dollop of glue and a bead or button embellishment.
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And there you have it!  These cute pinwheels make great pins, magnets, gift package embellishments, hair accessories, and much more.  This is also a great way to use up felt, fabric, and paper scraps.

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Mini Felt Cinnamon Rolls

One of my absolute favorite memories of Christmas morning is the smell of cinnamon rolls in the oven. The delicious scent of cinnamon, bread, and icing would slowly drift into our bedrooms and wake us from our slumber, and as my brother, sister, and I made our way downstairs, the scent of cinnamon rolls would become stronger and stronger, and would begin mingling with the smells of pepper bacon, hash browns, fresh bagels, Christmas cookies, and mulled apple cider (clearly we’re a carb-lovin’ family!).

So a few days ago as I watched A Christmas Story and began planning out my holiday shopping list, I became nostalgic for those Christmas morning treats and decided to head on into the kitchen and make some of my own.

Well, clearly that didn’t work out so well.

So instead I made some felt ones! They’re simply adorable for hanging on the tree or turning into a necklace, gift embellishment, garland, or magnet. And, best of all, they’re calorie free!

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Felt Cinnamon Rolls

Materials:

  • 2 8×11 felt sheets, one light brown and one dark brown
  • Scissors
  • Hot glue gun and glue sticks

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Instructions:

  1. Start off by cutting your felt in half hamburger wise.Felt-Cinnamon-Rolls2
  2. Then cut those halves in half again, so you have 4 smaller squares (8 squares total with both sheets of felt).Felt-Cinnamon-Rolls3
  3. Fold those squares in half again so you have 8 smaller squares (16 squares total with both sheets of felt).Felt-Cinnamon-Rolls4
  4. Fold those squares in half, this time hot dog wise, to yield 16 long pieces (32 total with both sheets of felt).
  5. Fold those squares in half hot dog wise one final time, to yield 32 strips that are about 1/2″ wide (64 strips total with both sheets of felt).Felt-Cinnamon-Rolls5
  6. You’re going to be using 4 strips per cinnamon roll, two of each color. Layer three pieces together, starting with a light brown, then dark brown, then light brown again.Felt-Cinnamon-Rolls6
  7. Begin rolling the strips to form a cinnamon roll shape.Felt-Cinnamon-Rolls7
  8. Take the last dark strip and wrap it around the cinnamon roll to hide the ends. Hot glue in place.
  9. With your thumb, carefully push up on the center of the cinnamon roll to make it look like it has risen in the oven. A little pop is all you need!
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  10. Repeat until all your cinnamon rolls are done.Felt-Cinnamon-Rolls10

This “recipe” yields 16 calorie-free cinnamon rolls!

 

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DIY Tee Shirt Tote

So as I continued to work my way through my closet for spring cleaning, I came upon this old shirt which I love, but never wear anymore.  I didn’t want to cut it up too much, so I decided to make a cute little bag out of it!

These tee shirt bags are durable and awesome for keeping in your car for last minute grocery store runs.  I’m apologizing now for my terrible sewing directions for this tutorial!  If you have any questions about any of these steps, let me know and I’ll try to explain myself!

This is a great project for all those tee shirts that you love, but never wear.  I’m thinking specifically of those meaningful high school shirts, or shirts that a loved one gave you.  It’s great repurposing craft that’s easy to make and fun to show off!

Tee Shirt Bag

Materials:

  • An old tee shirt
  • Sewing machine and supplies
  • Scissors
  • Lining fabric (I used some complimentary fabric I had on hand)

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Instructions:

1.   Okay, first you want to find a shirt that you love that you just can’t wear anymore. For me, it’s this adorable giraffe tee. I love it but it’s just not appropriate for me to wear to work, etc. So first you’re going to want to lay it out flat so all the seams match.

2.   Next I carefully turned the shirt over and pinned it all around. I started at the bottom, then folded the sleeves back and pinned those down, then pinned the top (I also cut off the top collar before pinning, since I knew I wasn’t going to use it.

3.   Then I cut along the folded seam on the sleeves and removed them, because they were just nasty!

4.   So this is what my shirt looks like now…no collar and no sleeves.

5.   Next take out all the pins and then repin the front and the back pieces to the inner lining fabric of your choice. I’m using some old fabric I had on hand from when I made my shower curtain.

6.   With some extra discarded tee shirt fabric from the bottom of the shirt and the top, I created two sides and a bottom, which I also pinned to the lining fabric. Here are all the pieces: the back, front, two side pieces, and bottom piece.

7.   Next sew all the pieces to the lining. This will give your sewing machine the workout of its life!

8.   Once all your pieces are sewn to the lining, you’re ready to assemble! Starting with the front of your purse, place the bottom piece front sides together onto the bottom of the front of your purse (sorry if that’s confusing!). Sew along the seam you already made to attach the bottom piece to the bottom of the front piece. Repeat this on the bottom of the back piece of the bag. Here’s what your purse should look like now. Just a reminder, all your sewing should be done on the inside of the purse…as is the case in most sewing projects.

9.   At this point, or really anytime before this, you can hem the top portion of your purse. Fold the top down about a half an inch and sew so you have a nice clean line at the top of your purse. You could also do this step before you begin assembling.

10.   Next sew the side pieces on, first sewing them to the front piece and then the back. It may take some maneuvering once your purse is nearing completion, but just be patient and work slowly.

11.   I then took some extra lining fabric and created handles. Sew those into place and turn your work inside out so the lining is inside…and there you have it! A fun and stylish tee shirt bag!

I’m sorry if these directions are confusing and don’t make sense! Most of my sewing projects are very spur of the moment and unorganized…so if you have questions about anything, please let me know here or on the Facebook page.

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Sweet Spring Felt Birds

These birds look so cute sitting on a window sill or hanging from a spring branch decoration.  You can even make them in darker colors to hang on your Christmas tree come holiday time.  With some red and black felt, you can make a bunch of cardinals that would be perfect as Christmas package decorations.

Thanks to Kata Golda for this great idea and pattern!

Felt Birds:

Materials:

  • Felt
  • Pattern
  • Needle
  • Embroidery thread (black, orange, and a complimentary color to your felt color choice)
  • Fabric filling or cotton balls

Directions:

Using the pattern provided by Kata Golda, cut out all your felt pieces.

Using a needle and black embroidery thread, embroider on the eyes.  Do the same with the orange felt for the beak.

Use your complimentary color thread to attach the wings, as shown in the pattern.

Use a blanket stitch to sew up all sides of the bird.

Stitch until there’s only a small opening left.  Use that opening to stuff the bird and then continue sewing it closed.

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