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DIY: Create Your Own Christmas Jumper

Posted by Emma Waight Oxfam Fashion blogger

5th Dec 2013

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Christmas jumpers are really hot right now, which means vintage/second-hand festive sweaters are tricky to get hold of at a good price. Remember Mark Darcy's reindeer jumper? The woolly rollneck was enough to put off Bridget Jones at the family Christmas party. Fast-track forward a decade and Mr Darcy would be the coolest man in the room. 

I needed a fun Christmas jumper for a Christmas-jumper party but I didn't want to buy one from the high street. Vintage options online were quite expensive and a wander around the charity shops deemed unsuccessful, so I decided to make my own - not knitting, but customising. It required very little sewing skill and was finished in an evening. Here's how I did it.

Step by step

Step One: Pick up a plain sweater from your local Oxfam shop. The colour depends on the design you have in mind, I went for snowy white but you could go for festive red or green. A cotton-knit sweatshirt fabric is easier to work with than a chunky knit.

Step Two: Get some embroidery thread or double up some sewing thread and embroider stars/snowflakes wherever you please. Think of it as just drawing with thread, practice on a scrap of material first.

Step Three: Choose some ribbon, mine was from John Lewis, and sew it around the hem by machine or hand. I did mine by hand. 


Step Four: Decide on a motif. I chose a simple present but it could be a Christmas tree, cracker, Santa, bells etc. Cut your design out from a piece of felt and add in the detail with sequins, embroidery, pens or ribbons. Once you are happy with it, glue or sew the applique patch onto your sweater.

Voila! A simple and very cheap Christmas jumper, entirely unique so you won't turn up to the party in the same outfit as someone else. Add a tinsel boa and you are all set to dazzle. 


Why not choose a jumper from the Oxfam Online Shop and get crafty!

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You might also like:

 DIY Snowman Jumper                                                  An Oxfam Christmas 



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