Easily The Most Creative Ugly Christmas Sweater Ever!

Hey Cuties,

Happy National Ugly Christmas Sweater Day. I hope you are wearing your ugliest of sweaters while you read this post. If not I hope you stopped by so I can help you make one. I featured this on my Good Morning Washington segment this morning and it was a hit. Ha! Out of all the Ugly Sweaters I’ve made, this one is my absolute favorite. It is the most absurdly creative and funny. This is guaranteed to win the Ugly Christmas Sweater Party, you know if you go to one and they have a contest.  Should you do that make sure you tell them MimiCuteLips taught you.

I had a blast on Good Morning Washington segment for National Ugly Christmas Sweater Day.

fireplace ugly christmas sweater

Supplies: Sweatshirt, Sharpie, felt, stockings and garland.

fireplace ugly christmas sweater

I went for a red sweatshirt because it is brick-like. I drew lines across the sweatshirt using a pencil and a ruler.

fireplace ugly christmas sweater

After I had my pencil lines I traced over them with a Sharpie.

fireplace ugly christmas sweater

After I traced the horizontal lines I had to add the vertical lines to make it look like real bricks.

fireplace ugly christmas sweater

I found some super cute monogrammed mini stockings from Michael’s. They had six out of the eight letters I needed. After checking three other Michael’s I quit looking for them and returned the ones I’d purchased.

Dollar Tree for the win because these are plain so I could write on them and they were 2 for $1.00.

fireplace ugly christmas sweater

Being true to my personality you know I had to have my sweater branded out. That is right my stockings says CUTE LIPS. Duh, your mantle has stockings and so will mine.

fireplace ugly christmas sweater

Cute Lips worked out perfectly because each word is short and both are only four letters. In order to get your spacing perfect, you need to put the sweatshirt on. I had Babe help me eyeball the spacing and then he secured each stocking with a safety pin.

fireplace ugly christmas sweater

I did the same thing with the other side.

fireplace ugly christmas sweater

Putting the garland on was the trickiest part of making this project. I decided to loop some thread into the sleeve, place the garland between it and then tie the thread over it a few times to make it secure.

fireplace ugly christmas sweater

I stitched the stockings to the sleeve and removed the safety pins.  I cut the garland and put it on, it was easier to manage this way. I went over my letters with a thicker Sharpie so they stand out more.

fireplace ugly christmas sweater

Now that my sleeves are done I need to add the fireplace as a finishing touch.  I cut out a square piece of black felt and glued it to the shirt. Then I added a red, orange and yellow layer of fire to it and glued that down.

fireplace ugly christmas sweater

It is all done and I love the way it turned out.  The materials cost a little under $15 to make.  You know I believe in creative control so your mantle may look a bit different and that is okay. After writing this I thought about putting pictures hanging off the mantle. That would totally be cute.

Cost: Sweatshirt $4.50 – Stockings $4.00 – Felt $0.75 – Garland $3

Lifestyle Media Correspondent MimiCuteLips DIY fireplace ugly Christmas sweater tutorial. Seen on ABC 7 for National Ugly Christmas Sweater Day.

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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. Bridgid

    I’m beginning to love ugly sweaters more and more each year! This is hilarious and adorable. Nice!

  2. Crystal Nicole

    I just need to hire you for my ugly Christmas sweater party next year! I love this!!

  3. Bill Sweeney

    How creative is that! If I were to get an ugly sweater, this would be it!

  4. Ashley

    I love your ugly sweater ideas! You are so crafty!

  5. Stacie

    This is the best Christmas sweater ever! Putting stockings on the sleeves was pure genius. I have to make one of these for every member of my family!

  6. Sarah

    This is so great! I only wish I’d seen it before my friend’s ugly sweater last weekend!

  7. Toni

    This sweater is so damn cute! A cute ugly Christmas sweater.

  8. Leah

    I need an ugly sweater for a Christmas get together. I am going to totally make this one! It’s so cute and creative!

  9. sara lafountain

    This is the cutest ugly sweater I have ever seen! I just love the creativity! Your arms might get tired walking around all night. You did an amazing job on this sweater and also on tv. Happy Holidays!

  10. Marysa

    This is AWESOME! You rocked that ugly sweater — what a great idea! I love how creative it is, wish I was that creative!

  11. Marissa Zurfluh

    I laughed so hard at this. It’s seriously adorable and an amazing idea for sure.

  12. Natasha

    This is easily the best ugly sweater I have ever seen, and super cost effective! I hate seeing ugly sweaters for $50+ (no joking) that are truly hideous, because more likely than not, someone else is going to have it too – and we’ll both have gotten got. Great job!

  13. Chelley Martinka

    OH my gosh! Ugly sweaters are going wild! I am definitely going to make one!

  14. Heather

    Oh my gosh! That sweater is so fun! I love that you can make it yourself without spending a ton of money. Perfect for ugly sweater parties.

  15. Ada

    This is such a clever ugly Christmas sweater! I just love it.

  16. Bianca Dottin

    I love watching your tv segments! We haven’t made ugly Christmas sweater yet but it sounds like so much fun.

  17. Kirstin N. Fuller

    This one is the best one ever! It’s super cute and I love the fireplace theme. It’s too cute….lol

  18. Up Run for Life Healthy Lifestyle Blog

    This is a fun ugly sweater and super creative. I haven’t worn a Christmas sweater or sweatshirt in a very long time.

  19. Carissa

    You always have the best creative ideas! This is one of your best for sure! I love it!!! I can’t wait to see what you come up with next year!

  20. Kita

    This is too cute and perfect for you. My daughter is making a sweater this week. Showed her your segment for inspiration.

  21. Roch

    Oh that’s not ugly at all, in my opinion. 🙂 I think it’s creative and really unique, one that will certainly catch the attention of most people in the mall.

  22. Ola

    You had everybody beat with this one Mimi. Yes, that is one ugly sweater. LOL!

  23. Eva

    This was the BEST! I feel like this should have won a monetary prize or something – very creative!

  24. Terri Beavers

    Lol that would win any Ugly Sweater contest. I love how much fun everyone has with this craze. I’ve been working on one but yours has mine beat 100%.

  25. Michelle Thames

    This is the most creative sweater I’ve ever seen! You should really win an award! You go girl!

  26. Ramona C

    This is such a great idea. Very creative. I will add this to my craft list for next year.

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