Since this week’s #thriftingtuesday post featured a Christmas sweater I found at the thrift store, I was inspired to DIY my own Holiday festive sweaters. Full disclaimer: I am not a skilled DIYer 🙈. So I wanted to create something that was easy and wearable that didn’t involve a sewing machine or appliques. While at Hobby Lobby searching for inspiration I came across a slew of festive buttons. I liked so many of them, I decided to create TWO sweaters DIYs! If you re-create these I would love to see them! Hashtag them #dashasholidaysweater on instagram or facebook 😊.
DIY #1: A SWEATER OF LIGHTS
Step 1: Gather supplies
V-Neck Sweater // I picked up a men’s sweater from the thrift store but any V-neck sweater will do
2 bags of Christmas Lights buttons // These came from Hobby Lobby but unfortunately are not available on their website 😒
Needle and Thread
Step 2: Adjust fit of sweater (if needed)
This step is only necessary if you wanted to change the length of the sweater. Since it’s a bulky sweater I need to cut off some length so I can either fully tuck into jeans or just a casual half tuck.
Step 3: Lay out the buttons
It’s important to roughly lay out the buttons and play with positioning BEFORE sewing them on. I liked mine spaced with about an inch between each one. You can also play around with the colors. While I alternated the colors and mirrored each side, you can create any kind of color pattern you want!
I used the ribbing on the neckline to space out my beads. Most sweaters will having a ribbed neckline to help you evenly space out the buttons.
Step 4: Sew them on!
Once you created a layout you love you can sew them on. I sewed mine onto the very edge of the neckline so they look like a necklace and I really like how it looks.
DIY 2: A TOUCH OF WHIMSY
Step 1: Gather supplies
Crew Neck Sweater // I pulled out an old sweater of mine that I haven’t worn in a while to give it a new life
Holiday or Winter Themed Buttons // I also picked these put from Hobby Lobby and they are not for sale online😒
Step 2: Layout Buttons
Position buttons in a layout you like. Make sure you are postioning them ABOVE your breast. I’ll be honest with you; I eyed it and sewed it on right in the middle of my boob! But I just cut the thread and started again 😋.
Step 3: Sew it on!
Make sure to start from the inside of the sweater. I looped the thread around twice because this won’t be permanent.
Step 4: Enjoy!
This DIY is only 3 steps!