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How to Make Ugly Halloween Sweaters

Sep 16, 2017 By Abby Smith
How to Make Ugly Halloween Sweaters

Halloween is creeping upon us quickly, and with that comes fun Halloween parties and events! The decision of what costume to wear is always tough, but instead of wearing a costume, why not be festive with an Ugly Halloween Sweater?! After all, why should Christmas get all the ugly sweater fun? Today’s project is the perfect non-costume costume, and you can make your own with no sewing machine required! I’m Abby from Sew Much Ado, and today you’ll learn how to create your own Ugly Halloween Sweaters!

ugly halloween sweaters

JOANN Fabric and Craft Stores has an amazing selection of Halloween décor, and the options for Ugly Halloween Sweaters are endless!

ugly halloween sweaters

I had a fun time combining decorations, trims, and even lights to decorate our sweaters with!

ugly halloween sweaters

I made 4 sweaters and will share the details on how I made each one. I recommend always starting with the main focus of each sweater (for example, the pom pom “BOO” on my sweater), and then adding the extras to complete the looks!

BOO Sweater

ugly halloween sweaters

Supplies:
• Solid color sweatshirt (available in your local JOANN)
Pom-pom maker (2.5” diameter)
Yarn
Pumpkin LED string lights
Skeleton
Glue gun and glue sticks
• Scrap fabric (if making pocket for battery pack)
Scissors
Chalk or disappearing ink pen

1. Use pom-pom maker to create enough pom-poms to spell “BOO” on the front of your sweatshirt. Use glue gun to secure pom-poms in place.

ugly halloween sweaters

ugly halloween sweaters

2. To add lights, first lay out the string of lights as desired on the sweatshirt. Use chalk to make placement of lights. Remember the battery pack when you’re deciding on placement – you can hold it in a pocket or make a pocket in the sweatshirt as I describe below.

ugly halloween sweaters

ugly halloween sweaters

3. Make a small slit (1/4” – remember the fabric will stretch!) at each mark. Turn sweatshirt inside out and push one pumpkin light through each slit, with just the pumpkin visible on the right side of the sweatshirt.

ugly halloween sweaters

ugly halloween sweaters

4. From inside of sweatshirt, surround opening and back of each LED light with hot glue, securing in place.

ugly halloween sweaters

ugly halloween sweaters

5. To make a pocket for the battery pack, cut a rectangle of scrap fabric 2” larger than battery pack on each side. Glue each edge toward the wrong side and then glue side and bottom edges to the back of sweatshirt near the bottom band.

ugly halloween sweaters

ugly halloween sweaters

6. Trim hang a string from the skeleton and hot glue upper legs to shoulder (it’s helpful to try the sweater on to determine the best placement).

ugly halloween sweaters

Eyeball Sweater

ugly halloween sweaters

Supplies:
• Solid color sweatshirt (available in your local JOANN)
• Large eyeball (found in your local JOANN)
Ghost LED string lights
Ribbon
Skeleton spider
Glue gun and glue sticks
• Eyeball ornaments (found in your local JOANN)
• Halloween foam stickers (found in your local JOANN)
• Halloween spray (with foam candy corn attached – found in your local JOANN)
• Scrap fabric (if making pocket for battery pack)
Scissors
Hand sewing needle and upholstery thread or yarn
Chalk or disappearing ink pen

1. Begin by using hot glue to attach eyeball to center front of the sweatshirt.

ugly halloween sweaters

2. Lay ghost LED lights near the bottom of the sweatshirt and mark placement of each light (the length was perfect to wrap around the front and back on this youth size S sweatshirt).

ugly halloween sweaters

3. Make a small slit (3/8” – remember the fabric will stretch!) at each mark. Turn sweatshirt inside out and push one ghost light through each slit, with just the ghost visible on the right side of the sweatshirt. From the inside of sweatshirt, surround opening and back of each light with hot glue, securing in place.

ugly halloween sweaters

4. To cover holes, use hot glue and ribbon to attach trim above LED lights (the holes will be stretched out a bit after getting the lights through).

ugly halloween sweaters

5. Place and evenly mark eyeball ornaments along each sleeve seam. Use hand needle and upholstery thread or yarn to tie each ornament in place.

ugly halloween sweaters

6. Use hot glue to add bat foam stickers and candy corn as neckline trim. Use hot glue to secure skeleton spider near eyeball.

ugly halloween sweaters

Bow Sweater

ugly halloween sweaters

Supplies:
• Solid color sweatshirt (available in your local Jo-Ann store)
• Halloween bows (found here and here) – enough to cover front of sweatshirt
Ribbon
Glue gun and glue sticks
Halloween bells
Owl
Scissors
Chalk or disappearing ink pen

1. Place bows on the sweatshirt as desired (optional: trim bow tails – on an adult sweatshirt this wouldn’t likely be necessary but was for my 3 years old’s sweatshirt) and hot glue in place.

ugly halloween sweaters

ugly halloween sweaters

2. Use a ruler and chalk to make a vertical line on each side of bows. Hot glue ribbon on marked lines.

ugly halloween sweaters

ugly halloween sweaters

3. Hot glue bells evenly on each ribbon and on sleeves.

ugly halloween sweaters

ugly halloween sweaters

4. Hot glue owl to one shoulder.

ugly halloween sweaters

Halloween Scene/Bat Wing Sweater

ugly halloween sweaters

Supplies:
• Solid color sweatshirt (available in your local JOANN)
Cricut machine (I use the Explore Air 2)
Cricut Iron-on – black and orange
• Cricut Design Space Ugly Halloween Sweaters project – can be accessed HERE for your own use
• Small Halloween pom-poms (found in your local JOANN)
• Black felt – 1/2yd (found in your local JOANN)
Glue gun and glue sticks
Scissors
Chalk

1. Use Cricut Design Space project to cut iron-on tree, cat, bat, pumpkin, and moon pieces.Remove negative iron-on and place first layer (tree) onto sweatshirt front. Cover with a press cloth and press with a hot iron (cotton or linen setting, no steam) for 30 seconds to adhere iron-on. Remove plastic covering and repeat to add bats, pumpkins, the moon, and cat.

ugly halloween sweaters

ugly halloween sweaters

ugly halloween sweaters

ugly halloween sweaters

2. Hot glue pom-poms to ends of branches as desired.

ugly halloween sweaters

3. To make bat wings, lay sweater over felt with sleeves outstretched from sweatshirt body. Trace along sleeve and body side seams, and then draw scallops angled between the two hems.

ugly halloween sweaters

ugly halloween sweaters

4. Cut along chalk lines and trace to create a matching wing.

ugly halloween sweaters

5. Use a row of hot glue alongside and sleeve seams to attach each wing to each side of the sweatshirt.

ugly halloween sweaters

ugly halloween sweaters

Great job! Now put on your sweater and you’ll be the hit of your next Halloween party!

ugly halloween sweaters

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