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.
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
To make a Sweater Ornament:
- 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Believe it or not, next week will be the last Tinsel Tuesday. How can that be?
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?