Tinsel Tuesdays: DIY a Cozy Sweater Ornament

It is a hot, dry week here and my basil plants are fried. It’s definitely not sweater weather, but after today’s Sweater Ornament tutorial, I hope you’ll pull out an old sweater or two and make a few cozy Christmas ornaments. If you have an “ugly” Christmas sweater, use that – it will make beautiful Christmas ornaments. These Sweater Ornaments are easy ornaments to DIY, and you can make quite a few from one sweater, so let’s get started.

Easy DIY - turn old sweaters into beautiful Christmas Ornaments. CraftsnCoffee.com.

Sweater Ornaments by Kathleen George.

Turn your old sweaters into pretty Christmas Ornaments. Get the DIY on CraftsnCoffee.com.

This ornament is made from a child’s sweater vest. Dig around and see what you have on hand to make a few of these Sweater Ornaments.

To make a Sweater Ornament, you will need:

  • STYROFOAM Brand Foam: 3” balls (larger or smaller sizes will also work)
  • Old sweater (if you don’t have any, be sure to check out second-hand stores)
  • Ribbon, 8” (for hanger)
  • Thick, white craft glue
  • Optional: Additional embellishments
  • Tools needed: Scissors; sharp pencil; needle & thread
Easy tutorial to make Christmas ornaments from old sweaters. CraftsnCoffee.com.

Here’s what you’ll need to make your ornaments. You can make quite a few from one sweater!

To make a Sweater Ornament:

  1. To start, mark the center top and bottom of your foam ball with a pencil. Then insert your pencil at each point to make a 5/8” hole.
Step-by-step tutorial for making Christmas ornaments from old sweaters. CraftsnCoffee.com.

The holes should be about 5/8″ in diameter — big enough to tuck in the ends of the sweater.

2. Cut a piece of sweater fabric, measuring about 4” – 5” high and 8” long. If you’re using a patterned sweater, be sure to plan where you cut to best highlight the pattern. Test fit your fabric piece around the ball to be sure it fits – the size of the fabric you’ll need may vary depending on the stretch of your sweater.

3. Fold your fabric in half lengthwise, right sides together, and stitch a ¼” seam. Turn right side out. Slip the ball into the center of your tube.

Easy, step-by-step tutorial for making Christmas ornaments from old sweaters. Tutorial on CraftsnCoffee.com.

By strategically planning how to cut your sweater, you can feature different design elements.

4. Place a dab of white craft glue in the hole at the top and using a sharp tool such as a pencil, firmly push the cut edges of the fabric tube into the hole. Try to space the fabric folds evenly around the ball. Repeat at the bottom of the ball.

Step-by-step tutorial for making Christmas Sweater Ornaments. CraftsnCoffee.com.

We used 3″ balls of STYROFOAM Brand Foam, and I think these would be stunning made with larger balls, too.

5. Knot together the ends of the ribbon, and push the knot down into the hole at the top. If you like, add a bow and jingle bell, or any other decorations, to the top of the ball. Let the glue dry before you hang your ornaments.

Turn old sweaters into Christmas Ornaments! Tutorial on CraftsnCoffee.com.

Aren’t they pretty? We used sweaters made from cotton, wool, and cashmere, so you can use whatever old sweaters you have handy.

Easy idea -- how to make Christmas ornaments from old sweaters. CraftsnCoffee.com.

Different sweaters = lots of different designs.

If it’s too hot for you to even think about sweaters, I have another idea for you. You’ll use old cotton shirts to make the Mad for Plaid & Paisley Ornaments I shared last year.

Three differnt, DIY fabric ornaments all made from old shirts! No sewing required! CraftsnCoffee.com.

Believe it or not, next week will be the last Tinsel Tuesday. How can that be?

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There’s a possibility of rain in the forecast today and if it doesn’t happen, I’ll have to water my pots and a few shrubs tonight. My basil is past salvation, however. How about you? How’s the weather in your corner of the world?

Happy crafting.


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12 Responses to Tinsel Tuesdays: DIY a Cozy Sweater Ornament

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  2. Angela from prettylittlelarks.com says:

    Very cute! It looks so easy, too! I’d actually like to include these in a roundup post on my blog, if that’s okay. If for some reason you are not comfortable with this, please let me know. The post will be up on the 6th but I will gladly remove links if I hear otherwise. 🙂

  3. Joy says:

    Could be an especially sentimental gift for kids ,grandkids if made from the favorite sweater of grandma/grandpa that had passed.

  4. Vicki Smith says:

    Clever. I don’t think mine would turn out quite as well as yours!

  5. Sharin Monson says:

    Do you make a hole in the bottom of the ball also?

  6. Ms. pat Kichinko says:

    These are just too adorable!!. Couldn’t you use the sleeves of a Misses’ size Small  and not have to sew a seam?

    • Sharon says:

      That’s a great idea, Pat, and it should work. It would depend on the size of the sleeve and the size of the foam ball you used, of course. You could also try it with a child’s sweater and see if that was just the right size. Thanks so much for the suggestion! Happy crafting. Sharon

  7. This is such a cool project!! It almost makes me wish I had an ugly sweater!! LOL I think I am going to have to see if my neighbor wants to hit the thrift store with me!! TFS!

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