Tuesday, December 18, 2012

DIY Light Up Tacky Sweater

Since it's right around the holidays, it seems like EVERYONE, and I mean everyone, is looking for tacky/ugly sweaters to wear to their holiday parties. 
You see them online.. too expensive.
You see them in stores.. too expensive.
You can't figure out how to make your own? Look no further.

I'm going to show you how to make the Ultimate Tacky Sweater. (Which lights up of course)

1 Sweater (Can be ANY color/size) - Walmart 
1 Set of Gold String Beads - Hobby Lobby
Hot Glue Gun- Already Had
3 Packs of Battery Operated Lights- Michaels
Scissors- Already Had

3 3x4 Material to make pockets

Step 1: Layout your sweater. Outline in block letters what exactly you want your sweater to say.

Step 2: Take the hot glue gun and outline each letter. (I would do one letter at a time so that the glue doesn't dry too fast)

Step 3: Your going to place the Gold String Beads on top of the hot glue and outline your letter. (You'll probably have to cut the beads to make it fit the outline!)

Step 4: Use the edge of your scissors and cut a few tiny slits through each block letter. Stick lights halfway through, and hot glue near the hole so they don't move.

Now you're pretty much done. EXCEPT, what are you going to do with the battery packs that are attached?!

You have 2 options:

1) You can wear jeans or pants with pockets and set the battery pack inside your own pockets.
2) You can sew a few pieces of fabric into the INSIDE of your sweater and set the battery pack in there.

I have done option 1 before , but we tried option 2, and I must say, it's a lot more comfortable.

Optional Part:
Take your fabric, needle, and thread. Hand sew pocket on the inside of the sweater. (We put 3 pockets inside mine) One on EACH SIDE , level with my hips. And the last one is in the very front, about an inch from the bottom of the sweater.

You're going to only sew the left/right/bottom part of the fabric, so that you can insert the battery pack through the top. **Make sure you put the switch at the top, when setting the battery pack in the pocket! It makes it easier to turn lights on/off.

Wahhhh Laaaaa. You're done.
Now go rock you're fabulous tacky or in my case, TAC-E sweater.

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  1. Replies
    1. Thanks!! It was definitely a lot of fun to make!

  2. Replies
    1. Definitely did!! Such a fun sweater to wear

  3. The scary part about tacky Christmas sweaters is that I was in old navy and found the worst looking one and I was laughing hysterically at it, the girl behind me legitimately wanted it for every day wear...oops

  4. Oh my word I LOVE it, so so cutte!!

  5. this is truly awesome. love it!

  6. oh my goodness you are so creative and festive!!

    following you now <3
    if you have time hope you check out my blog too :D

  7. i'm so lazy that i would probably never take the time to make one for myself. you should sell them to accommodate people like me ;)



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