Thursday, December 19, 2013

Ugly Sweater DIY with Christmas Neck Ties

This month in our design studio, we had an Ugly Sweater design-off!  I had no clue what I was going to do at first, but got inspired after a trip to the thrift store.  I think my sweater turned out so ugly, that it's actually cute and Chloe is adorable modeling it for the photos.  Let me show you how this project came together...

What you need:
– Basic plain sweater or sweatshirt (I used a red sweater turtleneck)
– 5 men's holiday ties
– Buttons
– Scissors
I started off with a plain blank turtleneck sweater from the thrift store. I was walking around the thrift store trying to think of a way to decorate my sweater that would be different!
Then I spotted these holiday ties and right away knew that I needed to make a tree out of them.  I layed my ties down and snipped them to create a tree shape!
Next, I got our my Aleene's Fabric Fusion Permanent Fabric Tape. I knew this would be the best tape to position my ties on with...and the best thing is that it's mess-free!
I unrolled the sticky side onto each of the backs of my ties along each tie edge.

Then simply peeled away the backing and applied the ties to my sweater in the tree fashion.
Use the end of the middle tie that you snipped off to make a bow for the top of the tree.  Apply it also using the Fabric Fusion Tape.

I used a dab of the Aleene's Fabric Fusion on small buttons and randomly placed them all over my ties to serve as "ornaments".
Who knew men's neck ties could look so ugly?  Oh wait...

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