Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the past year, you’ll know that Stranger Things is life! While we could debate whether Season 2 was as good as Season 1 (it wasn’t, sorry), pretty much anyone will agree its a great show. Back in October Target released a line of Stranger Things themed apparel to herald in the new season of the show, including this winning Men’s sweater.
I’ll be honest, I’ve gotten pretty tired of seeing cool sweaters being called “ugly” just because they look like they were knitted. Now, a tacky, truly ugly sweater? That is a thing to behold…and that is what I would make!
The image came to me right away….red sweatshirt (as big and awkward as I can get), felt Christmas light bulbs, and painted letters.
- Men’s Red Fleece Sweatshirt (not the exact one we used, but similar)
- Felt squares in 5 colors (dark grey, dark pink, blue, green, and yellow)
- Felt Glue
- Green Fabric Paint (Hunter Green)
- Black Fabric Paint
This project was suprisingly quick and easy. The hardest part was probably fitting all the bulbs onto the shirt.
Step 1: Cut out 26 bulbs out of the felt squares, alternating between pink, blue, green, and yellow. Cut out 26 small rectangles from the grey felt. (I don’t have a template to share for the bulbs, but you can freehand it.)
Step 2: Arrange the bulbs on the sweatshirt in rows. They don’t have to be super straight, or even point in the same direction. Be sure to leave space underneath for the letters, and little bit more for the “string” if you want to make it loopy.
Step 3: Once you have your layout glue the bulbs and the grey caps to the sweatshirt using felt glue. If you really wanted to take it to the next level stitch them on! I think it would add a great touch.
Step 4: Write out that alphabet using the black paint. (Make sure to not get distracted and skip letters. Not that I speak from experience or anything….). Your goal is to have each bulb have a letter underneath. Crazy kindergartner looking letters are encouraged!
Step 5: Connect your lights using the green paint. You can use a direct line or you can make it loop. Go crazy! Follow your heart!
Step 6: Step back and admire your work. For 4 hours. Because that’s how long it takes for the paint to dry.
Its rare for my projects to turn out exactly how I envision them, but this one did! Best of all it was easy enough to do in a group, and we were done in a couple hours!
Of course, once our ugly sweaters were dry, we couldn’t resist an 80’s inspired group photo….
A big thanks to Nabila Verushka for bringing our cheesy 80’s family portrait dreams to life, and for taking all the photos included in this post!
Side note: This sweatshirt is SO comfy and cozy, don’t be surprised if you catch me wearing it during our next cold front!
8 thoughts on “Stranger Things Ugly Christmas Sweater”
I had such a blast making these sweaters! lol
I’m glad you had fun! I thought we’d be crafting for hours but we got it done so quickly.
Thanks for providing the perfect backdrop for our photo shoot! lol. The tree definitely gave the photos a special touch!
Omg I freaking love it!!! I want one!
Its so easy to make! Let me know if you attempt it….if not, workshop idea for next Christmas season! 😄
This was sooo much fun!!! I love how they turned out! I think my new favorite thing to play with is felt. I want to make ALL the felt projects!! ^_^
Yess! Felt is the best!!!
It was such a fun project and photoshoot! Always have the best time with you guys! ❤
I love this so much! I’ll have to see if I can find others who are interested in making this before next season. It turned out so well! Also, I prefer season 1 too!