Resist the temptation for a new Christmas Sweater — make your own instead!

I understand the novelty of Christmas jumpers/sweaters each year… they are cute, fun, and festive. But honestly, it makes my brain hurt just thinking about how wasteful it is to buy one each year, for each person in your home (especially the kids that keep growing), and multiply that times all the families, homes, countries, etc… ok, I could go on and on. It is just unnecessary!!!

Last year, I received a request from my daughter’s school to wear a Christmas jumper for her class performance, and I just couldn’t do it. I couldn’t buy one. So here is the question, how do you let your kids enjoy the trend of these jumpers without the cost (financial, and environmental) so you aren’t the Grinch who stole Christmas?

Well, I found a way to repurpose, resourcefully, and artfully I took a jumper from her wardrobe, and I made one. And do you know what, it taught both me (!) and her a lesson. Fashion should not be disposable! (Clearly I have strong feelings about this :)) But it also became one of her favourite jumpers ever. And I think the homemade, handstiched and imperfect details, combined with the pride in resourcefulness gave it a certain charm! And it was then I decided DIY was best.

I used items in a box of Christmas gift tie-ons and :

  • a jumper
  • thread
  • pom pom ornaments
  • jingle bells

I chose not to glue anything down since I have 2 other children who can wear the jumper for several years, and I wanted it to work year round. I simply tacked things down with thread and then removed them after the New Year so we could wear the green jumper after the holidays without all the bells and whistles. But of course, you could save it as is, and hand it down to other children, relatives, and friends… a gift that keeps on giving!

There is no denying it, these are not the best photos, but it wasn’t about that! It was making things your own. Making a more responsible choice. And making the most of things with what you have. And my daughter loved dancing around, with pompom baubles shaking about, and jingle bells jingling. Perhaps I even managed to inTspire another parent or two to make their own for next year.

If you feel inspired to do the same, go on Pinterest and get those ribbons, buttons, thread, glue, etc out. Use a shirt they’ve almost outgrown, or one with stains or moth holes too! We had some moth holes we covered up, I will not lie! Strategic placement.

It is a little craft project that took one night and we made something magical with it.

Good luck! And please share your photos on Instagram with us!



If you are looking for other great Christmas crafts we also loved these orange pomanders last year as well.


Comments (3)

December 12, 2019

I completely agree this is such a wasteful tradition but, like you, I don’t want to be a spoil sport. My solution – I have borrowed a jumper from a friend for my child (her child has worn it to school earlier in the week). One less jumper purchased!

December 12, 2019

I so agree, we’ve never bought Christmas jumper… we add any bit of tinsel or little and light Christmas tree decoration with safety pins or a couple of stitches to any sweater they have in the wardrobe… easy, fun and nothing wasted.

December 12, 2019

Oh Lara – I love this post – everyone seems to buy one (and think its only a few euro in the local hughstreet store without thinking of who made it for that price ) but i don’t say anything as I really don’t want to spoil anyone’s fun… kids strangely haven’t asked one – but I love this idea – so simple and fun and creative – thank you for this post – fun and saving on fast fashion ….. .

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