Ugly Christmas Tree Sweater

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December 23, 2021

The completed sweaterMake your ugly Christmas sweater yourself! The advantage of this project is that the sweater will not be damaged. After the holidays are over, you can rip off the beaded organza ruffles and wear your sweater as usual. And you can use organza ruffles in other projects, for example by making some Christmas trees to decorate the interior for next Christmas: Organza Spiral Christmas Tree or another Christmas tree: Ruffle Christmas Tree


Total Time: 2 Hours


  • Sweater, I used a cream monochromatic sweater
  • Green organza ribbon 3 inches wide or organza fabric
  • Red Christmas beads, diameter 8 mm, about 9,9 ft
  • Yellow Christmas beads, diameter 8 mm, about 9,9 ft
  • Red Christmas beads, diameter 6 mm, 19,5 ft (for decorating the star earrings and sweater
  • Green threads the same color as the organza
  • White thread the same color as a sweater
  • Needle
  • Scissors
  • Candle and matches or a lighter (to scorch the edges of organza)
  • Ruler
  • Black felt-tip pen
  • Plastic folder
  • For Star:
  • Fishing line
  • Hot glue
  • Yellow sparkles or garland
  • Pencil
  • 2 Sheets of paper
  • Piece of board
  • Nails 2 cm long
  • Hammer
  • Pliers
  • Knife


  1. If you use a piece of fabric like me, cut it into strips about 3 inches wide.
    Singe the edge of the organza strips with a lighted candle.
  2. Fold the organza ribbon/strip in half lengthwise, insert the red big beads inside. Sew the first bead to the beginning of the strip. Then sew the edges of the fabric, pulling together a little fabric to form a frill. When the first strip of organza is over, sew the following stripes. When the red beads end, do the same using the yellow beads. If necessary, scorch the edge of the fabric again with a candle.
  3. Attaching beads to the ribbon
    Ribbons with attached beads

  4. Lay the sweater on a flat hard surface face up (on a table). Mark with pins the middle of the sweater and the place where the Christmas tree will be. Put a plastic folder inside the sweater and sew using green threads the first organza strip with red beads to the bottom edge of the sweater. Since the sweater is stretched, so do the stitches a short distance, fasten each stitch with a knot, and leave the thread between the stitches a bit loose. Then sew a strip of yellow beads. Alternate rows with red and yellow beads, stepping back from the edge a little to get the shape of a Christmas tree.
  5. Detail of laying ribbons on the sweater
    Closeup of ribbon arrangement
  6. Make a star from hot glue and fishing line as in my project: Stars from Fishing Line and Hot Glue, but do not decorate the back side of the star.
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  8. Sew this star near the top of the Christmas tree with white thread.
  9. Attaching the star
  10. Wrap the beads several times and fix on the shoulders of sweater, sewing with thread.
  11. Adding beads to the sweater
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