DIY: Festive Reindeer Sweatshirt: "The Alternative Ugly Christmas Sweater"
I'll be the first to tell you that I am not into applique sweaters and cheesy holiday sweatshirts, especially when it comes to teachers. HOWEVER, being a first-year teacher, I think I've finally got it. I've already worn my "ugly christmas vest" to school as a joke, but I don't think the kids thought I was kidding. Regardless, I think some teachers just like to be silly and have fun with their clothes, especially around the holiday season.
When I posted the cute DIY holiday gift for students last Friday, I mentioned that I was coming home that day. I actually ended up leaving the night before to beat the impending weather. I still got caught in a terrible part of it on my three-hour drive (during which I prayed for a solid two and a half hours), but I made it home! Unfortunately, I did miss out on Reindeer Games on Friday, and more importantly, the chance to wear my newly created Reindeer Sweatshirt I made specifically for the occasion.
A bunch of us vowed to make cheesy, "ugly" sweaters in honor of the holiday, but I ended up going the "cute" route (at least in my opinion) and created this masterpiece:
I think it's adorable and really festive. I've been living in this sweatshirt since I've been home on break :P
Materials You'll Need:
- A sweatshirt (I bought a Men's sweatshirt from Walmart because the women's sizes were too short and wide)
- Iron-on transfer paper
- A Pencil
- Paper to create a stencil
- A button
Here's how to create your own:
Step One: Choose a design and trace/draw it on thick paper. I freehanded a reindeer (while staring at a reindeer silhouette on google!) on a big white mailing envelope and placed it on my sweatshirt to make sure it was the correct size.
Step Two: Fuse a piece of fabric to iron-on transfer paper, shiny side against the wrong side of the fabric.
Step Three: Trace your design BACKWARDS on the back of your fabric. You should be drawing on the transfer paper side. Cut out your design.
Step Four: Peel off the paper and iron it to your sweatshirt. Be sure to have it centered the way you like it before you iron it. I chose two different fabrics for the head and the antlers, so I did not iron the top of the head down until I had placed the antler base underneath it.
Step Five: Sew on a big button where the nose should be.
Step Six: (Optional) Hand sew or machine sew around the edges to make sure it is secure.
I'm SO happy with how it turned out! It was a quick DIY and a wonderful addition to my "holiday wardrobe."
P.S. I CAN'T BELIEVE IT'S CHRISTMAS EVE!!!!