DIY: Festive Reindeer Sweatshirt: “The Alternative Ugly Christmas Sweater”

by Marissa B on December 24, 2012

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:

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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)
  • Fabric
  • Iron-on transfer paper
  • A Pencil
  • Paper to create a stencil
  • A button

Here’s how to create your own:

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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.

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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!!!!

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Tarra December 12, 2013 at 1:36 pm

I love love love this idea and want to make a sweatshirt similar for a party. I’ve been looking for iron on transfer paper at Walmart and am finding the printable iron on transfer paper. Is this the correct stuff?

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Marissa @ The Modern Austen December 12, 2013 at 1:40 pm

Hi Tara! Thanks for stopping by and commenting! You’ll need something like Heat n’ Bond–an iron-on adhesive (not a printable transfer). Here’s a link to give you an example! http://bit.ly/Jj5RNa

Hope this helps! Check back on the blog within the next week or so–I’ll be posting a much better picture of this :)

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Vanessa December 21, 2013 at 1:58 am

I stumbled upon your website when I was looking for DIY Xmas Sweater ideas and I love it! I used your Reindeer sweater idea and made it a little more tacky (your idea was so cute it could have been pulled off as a “normal” sweater). I attached a picture in the website section, I hope it works. Thanks for posting cute ideas!

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Marissa @ The Modern Austen January 6, 2014 at 1:32 pm

Oh my gosh, Vanessa, your sweatshirt turned out GREAT! I absolutely love it. It’s super adorable and tacky (but not too tacky!) and you look so festive in it. Thanks for using the tutorial and for your kind words :)

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