The Year of the “Ugly Sweater”

Everywhere you turn, folks are talking about “ugly” sweaters!  They are showing up on television and the internet… in the news and on the radio.  At Impact Thrift Stores we receive our share of donated ugly sweaters but can’t keep them on the racks!  They barely make it onto the sales floor before they are purchased.

Of course “ugly” is in the eye of the beholder.  These sweaters are certainly interesting, often a little gaudy, but never dull. And they have become so hard to find, we thought you might consider making one of your own!  Not handy with a needle and thread? No worries… a dab of fabric glue will work just as well!

A great no-sew, creative project for the kids during their Christmas vacation!

Start with a brightly colored sweater.  A solid color sweater will work – but one with a knitted in design might give you a head start.  Gather some supplies – felt, jingle bells, sequins, ribbon, small flat Christmas ornaments, maybe a Christmas stocking… maybe a little garland or a silk poinsettia… A little sparkle… a little bling! You’ll also need either needle and thread to match or some washable fabric glue.

Start by placing a layer of newspaper or a paper grocery bag inside the sweater to prevent the glue from soaking through the front of the sweater to the back (that would make it rather hard to wear!)

Ready… set… layer!  Add some elements to the sleeves.  Drape around the sweater neck.  And don’t forget the back!  Once you have the various embellishments looking good (and ugly), pull out the glue and sparingly glue each layer starting from the sweater and working your way out.

Perhaps you celebrate Chanukah… Start with a blue sweater, some felt, ribbon and snowflakes and voila!  A Chanukah menorah ugly sweater!

Click here for a printable how-to.

We would love to see photos of your creations! Post them to our Facebook page and share!


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Here is a photo of our Ugly Sweater in action!  We’d love to see your sweaters too!

Ugly sweater creations

2 Responses to The Year of the “Ugly Sweater”

  1. Stav says:

    And you can win money too! The Visiting Nurse Service of New York just launched an Ugly Sweater Contest. Post your ugly sweater photos on their Facebook page ( and you can win $100! Details at and please spread the word.

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