Upcycled Sweater Christmas Ornaments

I am so happy to be here today sharing a tutorial for these Cozy Christmas Ornaments made from old sweaters. That ugly Christmas sweater you have? I bet it would make beautiful ornaments! This is an easy ornament to DIY, and you can make quite a few ornaments from one sweater, so let’s get started.

Upcycled Sweater Ornaments DIY from @savedbyloves @craftsncoffee


You are going to need 3” balls of STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam (you could go larger or smaller, too); an old sweater or two; scissors; a sharp pencil; needle & thread; thick, white craft glue; and ribbon for hanging the ornaments.


To start, mark the center top and bottom of your foam ball with a pencil. Then insert your pencil at each point to make a 5/8” hole.


Cut a piece of sweater fabric, measuring about 4” – 5” high and 8” long. If you’re using a patterned sweater, be sure to plan where you cut to best highlight the pattern. Test fit your fabric piece around the ball to be sure it fits – the size of the fabric you’ll need may vary depending on the stretchiness of your sweater.

Fold your fabric in half lengthwise, right sides together, and stitch a ¼” seam. Turn right side out. Slip the ball into the center of your tube.

Upcycled Sweater Christmas Handmade Ornaments

Place a dab of white craft glue in the hole at the top and using a sharp tool such as a pencil, firmly push the cut edges of the fabric tube into the hole. Try to space the fabric folds evenly around the ball. Repeat at the bottom of the ball.


Knot together the ends of a 6” – 8” length of ribbon, and push the knot down into the hole at the top. If you like, add a bow and jingle bell, or any other decorations, to the top of the ball. Let the glue dry before you hang your ornaments.



I want to give a shout out to designer Kathleen George for helping out with these Sweater Ornaments. I have a few more ideas for repurposing old shirts to make ornaments in the Christmas Ornament series “Mad for Plaid & Paisley” over on Crafts ‘n Coffee. Please come by and check them out!


Thank you so much for having me today, Johnnie. It’s a thrill to guest post here! I wish you, your family, and all of your readers a wonderful Christmas season!

Want more Repurposed Sweater Ideas? Check out our 50+ Ways to Upcycle Sweaters!

Happy crafting.


50+ Ways to Reuse Old Sweaters


Who knew that pile of old sweaters could be put to use in so many creative ways?  This week’s 50+ roundup brings plenty of inspiration for giving dead sweaters new life.  You will want to raid the closet, or the local thrift store after browsing these projects.

How about this J.Crew knock-off heart sweater by Ali at With an i.e.?  She knocked this project out of the park, and for far less than the $88 price tag on the J. Crew version.  What a simple and cute project for a Valentine’s Day outfit!  Fear not, sewing skills unnecessary.

J.Crew Knock off heart sweater

Need some boots to go with your new J.Crew inspired heart sweater?  Urban Threads has you covered with this old sweater to new boots tutorial.  Are you serious?  I never would have come up with this genius upcycle!

#Upcycle old sweater to boots and 50+ other projects to make from #recycled sweaters @savedbyloves #DIY

Now that you are all styled up, what about adding a splash of cozy to your home with this lovely throw made from recycled sweaters at Woman’s Day?  Go junkin’ for sweaters to coordinate with your home decor and you are all set.

Make a throw from #recycled sweaters, and 50+ more sweater upcycles @savedbyloves

At The Long Thread, you will learn how to create a thrifted sweater Christmas tree.  This project is simple and puts those ugly Christmas sweaters you thought you would actually wear in front of people to great use!

DIY Christmas Tree from #recycled sweaters, and 50+ more things to make from old sweaters @savedbyloves

This sweater covered planter project at Duo Fiberworks is just what I need to give myself a break from the neon planters I made over the summer.  So simple, and when I am in the mood for neon again, I can just take off the covers.

#Upcycle old sweater to planter cover and 50+ other projects to make from #recycled sweaters @savedbyloves #DIY

These are just a few of my favorites.  Enjoy the full 50+ collection below:


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