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Homemade Christmas Jumpers

Have you heard all about it?
Save the Children have a campaign that is now in it’s 3rd year, to raise much needed funds by encouraging the wearing of Christmas jumpers (some people very wrongly term these ‘Ugly Sweaters’…!) in the run up to Christmas. The campaign has raised over£1.6 MILLION to date, and this year the special day is the 12th December.
That’s this Friday!


I have had my eye out in the charity shops for a suitably naff jumper, but they seem very few and far between, and pretty pricey.
So, I decided that the only thing to be done, is to make one of my very own.
And if you want to join in, and have a spare half hour or so, you too can whip up your very own Christmas Jumper, with a little bit of inspiration (see below for inspiration!)

Jumpers collage

Here’s my attempt from last year


My 2013 Make Do and Mend Christmas jumper!

I simply took a plain charity shop jumper, and an old Santa hat. I cut the hat in half and then hand-sewed it on to the jumper-simples!

Another simple idea is this ribbon tree, from BJaneBrewing-there’s a great tutorial here too:

This one is along similar lines, but is less ‘minimalist’! From This Mama Sews

This one from Instructables made me giggle!

The ultimate no sew ugly sweater from Bess Belleau Byers (you could use safety pins to attach the baubles if you needed to!)

I’m not sure if these beads are sewn or glued on, but either way, it’s another simple effective idea

Pic from Pinterest

Pic from Pinterest

There’s a tutorial here from Vixen Made for these kids shirts (although they would make fab grown up shirts too!)

I don’t think that this stylish reindeer appliqué could in any way be described as an ‘ugly sweater’, and there’s a tutorial from The Modern Austen if you want to make one for yourself

There’s a great round up here on Style my Party, that even has ideas for a Christmas jumper for your dog…!


And finally, there are 32 fabulous ideas for Christmas jumpers for kids and grown-ups, here from Creating Really Awesome Free Things:

And don’t forget, if you are donning a festive jumper (or even if you’re not) then it’s all for a good cause


If Christmas jumpers aren’t your thing, then there are lots of other ways to get involved-from knitting mini jumpers, to baking gingerbread jumpers! You can sign up here for free downloads and templates, and share on social media using #teamcreate.
Don’t forget to text WOOLLY to 70050 to donate £2 to Save the Children if you are taking part, whether it’s wearing jumpers, or eating gingerbread 🙂




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  • Reply My Homemade Christmas Jumper | My Make Do and Mend Year December 12, 2014 at 10:36 am

    […] blogged earlier on in the week about Save the Children’s Christmas Jumper Day, and it’s […]

  • Reply Emma Croft December 10, 2014 at 11:49 am

    We’re doing a Wooly for Wildlife campaign too! 🙂 http://www.wiltshirewildlife.org/Support-us/donate/Wear_Your_Woolly_for_Wildlife

    • Reply Jen December 12, 2014 at 10:58 am

      Oooh fab, thanks Emma-will check it out!

  • Reply josiemary December 10, 2014 at 7:37 am

    Great idea!

    • Reply Jen December 12, 2014 at 10:59 am

      Thanks Josie!

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