A Quick and Easy DIY Ugly Christmas Sweater

Hey Cuties,

We are officially in the holiday season. You’ve filled your belly with holiday eats. You’ve shopped yourself simple when you woke up at 4 AM to get that killer TV you just had to have. Did you put up your Christmas tree?

The only thing I’ve done is stuff my face, but I’m checking my inbox for Holiday party invites.  I haven’t gotten any fancy party invites yet but I did get an Ugly Sweater invite from Six Flags.  If you need a +1 for your party I’m your girl, just let me know.

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Ugly Sweater Supplies

I was determined to make an ugly sweater this year. I hit up Michael’s and purchased some holiday ribbon that was discounted and a bag of bells. I purchased the sweatshirt from Wal-Mart for $5.00.

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Strips of ribbon

I had an idea in mind before I started which was a big help. With my idea in mind, I cut a strip from each ribbon at the same length.

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Ribbon Tree

I took all of the strips of ribbon and placed them in a tree shape.  I used stick pins to secure them to the sweatshirt.

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Ribbon Tree with Bow Top

I topped my ribbon tree with a bow. I’ve been making bows for years now; it is one of the best things YouTube has taught me.

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How to make a bow

So, let me tell you how to make one. Step 1. Fold the ribbon. Step 2. Weave a needle up the middle like I did in the picture. Pull the thread like a drawstring. Step 3.  Then wrap the thread around the bow. Step 4. Take a smaller piece of ribbon and roll it up and wrap it around the middle. Step 5. Secure that piece with thread. It doesn’t have to be perfect you won’t see it anyway. Step 6. This is the end product of your bow.

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Bow Sleeves

I made non-festive polka dot ribbons on each wrist.

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Bow Sleeve

I used differently colors to make it “ugly”.

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Almost Done

I was pleased with my outcome but wanted to “ugly” it up a bit more.

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Bow collar

So, I added some tiny bows to the collar.

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Selfie or it didn’t happen.

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Ugly Sweater

My ugly sweater was a total hit.

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Would you rock an ugly sweater? Chat with me in the comment below or FB, IG or Twitter.


Article written by:

Mimi Robinson is the Lifestyle Media Correspondent and editor behind MimiCuteLips®. She is a wife and mother of two. You can find Mimi working media at your favorite events, traveling and trying out new adventures, or working on a dope DIY project.

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  1. Kirstin N. Fuller (@thetravelindiva)

    It’s kinda cute actually! You are my craft queen! lol

  2. Alli Smith

    I agree – you are the crafting queen! What a great ugly sweater! Who needs to buy one? If I get an invite to an ugly sweater party, I’m making this. It’s adorable – in an odd sort of way.

  3. Tasheena @

    Love this DIY! The bows on the collar are too cute.

  4. Jennifer

    I am not sure that would qualify as an ugly sweater. It is actually really cute and fun looking!

  5. Sarah Bailey

    Haha this is such an awesome make, I would never have thought of making my own. But I might just have to now 🙂

  6. Jeanette

    Oh my gosh this is such a good idea! I have been trying to find an ugly sweater as a joke to give to my husband, but they’re pricey and I don’t want to spend that kind of money. I love this idea. I am totally doing it.

  7. Chloe

    Hahah this is fantastic! We have a hot Christmas here in Australia but I’m sure I could apply the ugly sweater rule to an Easter themed jumper. Thanks for sharing 🙂

  8. Jenn @ EngineerMommy

    What a fun project. I love how you personalized this sweater. It actually came out really cute. It would be perfect for all those holiday parties!

  9. Chasity Boatman

    What a cute and fun ugly sweater! We have an ugly sweater party at my work every year.

  10. Annemarie LeBlanc

    I love the idea of little bows on the collar of the sweater. However, the holiday ribbons made it a cool and fun ugly Christmas sweater! Great craft! It will save money instead of buying an ugly sweater at the store.

  11. ricci

    I have never made my own ugly sweater before but yours turned out fabulous!! I want to make one now!!

  12. Pperlenoir Style by Elena

    Your sweater is very original , I like the idea of decorating it with Christmas ribbons . You are very creative.
    I loved the post .

  13. Angela Harris

    What a creative idea. This is the best Ugly Christmas Sweat I have seen. I actually think it’s cute.

  14. Kim

    I am going to share this with my coworkers. I have been trying to get them to do an ugly sweater, and they are not down. I keep hearing “Well I don’t have one” Umm you can make one lol

  15. Jennifer

    Well done! Ugly Christmas sweaters are so much fun, I have quite the collection. This is such a creative idea with the ribbon.

  16. Emma Spellman

    That sweater is really adorable!! I love his light up shirt too. I actually saw some ugly sweaters the other day at the store and I told my hubby we should get one. lol.

  17. Dana

    This post couldn’t have come at a better time! I have an ugly sweater party to go to on Saturday (next week) and have no idea what to wear. YAY!

  18. Tomiko

    I WAS just in target looking for one. I would never thought to make my own but there is one problem with your ugly sweater is that it’s not ugly

  19. Vera Sweeney

    This is such a fun ugly Christmas sweater. I love that you made it yourself, looks easy to do and very festive!!

  20. Michelle Malone

    Girl, there is nothing ugly about that sweater! Lol…it’s actually cute and festive! I like the step-by-step bow instructions. That’s easy. I hope you get to wear your sweater a few times this year. Happy holidays, Mimi.

  21. Christina Aliperti

    This is too cute to be an ugly sweater! I have seen some doozies and this one I might actually wear.

  22. Lori Vachon

    I love how easy this ugly sweater is to make! I’m not the craftiest person, this looks like I could totally make it! Cute!

  23. Tanya Barnett

    This shirt is too cute even though it is supposed to be ugly. YOu have given me and my daughter so many ideas for outfits. Thanks!

  24. Ayanna

    Love it! The ugly sweaters are everywhere these days, but at times seem way overpriced to me. This is simple, cute and can be an inexpensive as you want to make it.

  25. CJ from Thirty30Courtney

    I’m done with you. This isn’t ugly! lol This is something I would do though. Ugly or not, we still need style.

  26. Camesha | Mama Motivator

    Very cute! I love all the bows. My favorite is the bow collar. Nice touch!

  27. KenyaRae

    I love the originality. And its actually kinda cute! ❤️

  28. Eva

    That sweater is cute… for an ugly sweater? LOL! Great job on this one. We may have to do our own ugly sweater soon…

  29. Adeola Naomi

    This is a cute and easy to make ugly sweater but I actually wouldn’t call it ugly.

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