Cute Sweater Upcycled Christmas Ornaments

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Sweater Upcycled Christmas Ornaments using Cookie Cutters

I love this time of the year when I get to indulge in my Christmas crafting. Last week, I started with my upcycled advent calendar.
 
The material for this weeks upcycled Christmas craft was felt from old sweaters.
 
Crafting with felted wool sweaters is lovely, as the fabric doesn’t fray. For my Christmas ornament shapes, I employed my collection of Christmas cookie cutters. This is a fun and easy craft that costs next to nothing as you are using mainly repurposed materials.
 
I was so pleased with my upcycled Christmas ornaments, I therefore got a bit carried away and made a whole pile of them. When hung all together in a row the upcycled ornaments look really good. The ornaments are a Christmas decoration in their own right.
 
These are super cute easy to make upcycled Christmas ornaments.  Made with old sweaters and cookie cutter shapes.
 
 
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Super cute upcycled Christmas ornaments.  Made with old sweaters and cookie cutter shapes.  Make for a lovely Christmas wall decoration.
 

What you need to make sweater upcycled Christmas Ornaments

 
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  • Old woolen sweaters – Your woolen sweaters should be at least 70% wool or cashmere otherwise they will not felt.
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  • Christmas cookie cutters – For those of you who don’t have a collection of Christmas cookie cutters, I have drawn round mine. Download the cookie cutter template here, and use them to make your own cardboard templates.
     
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  • Fiber Fill
  • Scissors
  • Embroidery needle and embroidery thread
  • Twine
  • Old buttons and Christmas craft bells.
  • Mini craft pegs.
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    How to make sweater upcycled Christmas Ornaments

    1. Firstly felt your wool sweaters. Felting wool is really easy. You have probably done this in the past. Where you have accidently shrunk your sweater in the wash so that it is only fit for a toddler to wear !
       
      Basically to felt wool you need, heat, water and agitation. For more details check out how I did it for my mountain pillows.
       
    2. Decide what colour felted wool you are going to use for your ornament. For example I used the greeny coloured sweaters for my tree shaped ornaments. Lay your cookie cutter (or template) down on the sweater and draw round it with a chalk pen.
       
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    3. For each ornament that you make, you will need 2 identical pieces of felt.
       
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    4. Using an embroidery thread in a contrasting colour, stitch your two pieces together. The stitch to use for this is a blanket stitch, which is very simple hand stitch. Don’t forget to leave a gap for stuffing.
       
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    6. Finally stuff your felt ornament with fibre fill and then stitch to close. At the same time stitch in a twine hanging loop into your ornament.
       
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    7. Either leave your ornament as it is, or add some embellishments. I used buttons on the gingerbread man and snowman. Bells were added to the Christmas tree and eyes embroidered on the moose and snowman.
       
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    8. Cute upcycled Christmas ornaments.  Made with old sweaters and cookie cutter shapes.  Lovely as a tree decoration but even better hung in a garland.

     

    Hanging your upcycled Christmas ornaments


    These cute ornaments can be hung on the tree using the twine loops you stitched in. However I felt my ornaments would get lost on the tree and I wanted to show them off together so I hung them from a branch using some tiny craft pegs.
     
    Cute upcycled Christmas ornaments.  Made with old sweaters and cookie cutter shapes.  Make for a lovely Christmas wall decoration.
     
    Cute upcycled Christmas ornaments.  Made with old sweaters and cookie cutter shapes.  Lovely as a tree decoration but even better hung in a garland.
     
    These are super cute upcycled Christmas ornaments.  Made with old sweaters and cookie cutter shapes.  Make for a lovely Christmas wall decoration.
     
    I really enjoyed making these upcycled Christmas ornaments. This is a simple craft to do while watching a box set in the evening. (I’m one of those people who finds it hard not to do something with their hands when watching TV).
     
    These gorgeous upcycled Christmas ornaments cost nothing to make as they are made from old sweaters and Christmas cookie cutters as a template.  If you don't have Christmas cookie don't worry you can get the templates for free by clicking over to the blog.
     
     
     
    Don’t forget to checkout my other upcycled sweater and felt Christmas crafts:
    Funky upcyled felt garland
    Giant Christmas Felt Letters
    Christmas Elf on the Shelf
     
    If you want to see some more great Christmas ornament crafts visit allfreeholidaycrafts.
     
     

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    70 Responses

    1. Claire, your project is amazing! PINNED! Christine from Little Brags

    2. Adorable! And the blanket stitch adds just the right touch! Great idea to use cookie cutters as templates! xoKathleen Charm Bracelet Diva {At Home}

    3. What a great upcycle! I love that you used the cookie cutters to get your template. So smart!

    4. What a fantastic idea! I never would have thought to use cookie cutters as a template – so clever. They look great. Happy Christmas Crafting.

      • Thank you, I have quite a few cookie cutters and do t bake so much now the kids are older, so I had to find a use for them.

    5. Claire, these are so cute!! I love your craftiness 🙂 I just ended up with some great sheets of felt when we got new chairs…I kept it know I would find a use for it!!

    6. Super Duper Cute! I would love to share this one on my FB page. xoxo

    7. This would be so much fun to do with friends! They’re adorable! Pinning!

      • Thanks, I actually made these with my friends one crafty evening.

    8. Claire, these are sweet!!!! I’ve never felted wool before, but this project makes me want to look for wool sweaters at the thrift store. Pinning and sharing.

      • Thanks, are you sure you haven’t felted one by accident before. I’m always accidental shrinking my jumpers in the wash.

    9. Claire, my brilliant blogger friend! I am totally going to do this! And… I have a PUG cookie cutter! You are now an enabler to my pug fetish.

      • Thanks, I bet the pug will look great. I have a foxy Russell (Jack Russll, Fox terrier cross) but I don’t think they have cookie cutters for them unfortunately.

    10. These are so gorgeous Claire, thanks so much for sharing them. Love the way you have displayed them on the branch!

    11. Absolutely darling, Claire–pinned! Thank you for sharing @Vintage Charm!

    12. These are so cute. I can see why you got carried away. I really like how you strung them up and used the branch to hang them from.

      • Thank you. I used the branch as I don’t have my tree up yet (not until December).

    13. Those are really cute! Great idea! I also love recycling old sweaters! 🙂 Lisa

    14. These are so lovely, I especially like how you have displayed them on the branch. What a great decorating idea,

      • Thank you Julie. I used the branch as I don’t have tree up yet, but I think I will stick with the branch even when I put my tree up.

    15. These are adorable. I wouldn’t have had a clue how to felt old sweaters- who knew?

      • Thank you ! You must be really good at laundry if you’ve never felted a sweater by accident.

    16. Claire, these ornaments are wonderful!! Love the contrasting thread and the embellishments you added.

    17. What a cute idea! Pinning the tutorial!

      Thank you for linking up at our Home Matters Link Party!

      Have a lovely evening,

      Randi 🙂

      #HomeMattersParty

    18. These are so CUTE! Thanks for sharing your creativity!

    19. Claire, another adorable, doable project that I love! Thank you so much for sharing with us at Funtastic Friday!

    20. I love these. I make a gift for my staff every year – I think this will be this year’s!! Thank you so much for sharing on the Pleasures of the NW’s DIY party!

    21. Very fun! These would be so great as a beginner sewing project for my daughter. Thanks for the idea!

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    23. Love these Claire, it’s such a lovely way to re-purpose all those old sweaters and they look lovely on the branch. The little ginger bread man is my favorite, he’s go such a cute little face

      • Thank you, I like the gingerbread man too but I think the Moose is my favourite.

    24. These are adorable! What a cute little hanging! Thank you for sharing this project at Dishing It & Digging It! 🙂 We enjoy having you each week!

    25. These are just so cute. Really love the gingerbread man #WonderfulWednesdayBlogHop

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    27. Hi Claire, just wanted to let you know your sweet ornaments will be featured at tomorrow’s Vintage Charm party! Blessings, Cecilia

    28. These are so cute! I love them all. Thank you for linking up to The Creative Exchange. We will be featuring your project this week!
      xo,
      Laura

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    36. I’ll never look at old sweaters the same way again! Thank you for sharing with us this week at Celebrate Your Story, have a great weekend.

    37. These are adorable! I love that you used cookie cutters as a template. That opens up a whole world of ornament shapes for all sorts of holidays and activities. Thanks for sharing on the Waste Less Wednesday Blog Hop!

      • Thank you ! I do have an extensive cookie cutter collection and have more shapes to make.

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    41. I just love these ornaments Claire – great way to use up old sweaters!! Thanks for linking them up to our 12 Days of Christmas DIY challenges!

    42. I adore this project! So cute and clever. Pinned and Sharing! Thanks for joining us at Family Joy Blog Link-Up Party!

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    48. Great job! I need to buy some thrifted wool sweaters, or small amount of wool for those. Great idea!

      • Thank you! I ask around family and friends for any old sweaters.

    49. U love these, a great way to upcycle a jumper and a wonderful effect.

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