Christmas Ornaments from Wool Sweater

Anyone else out there have a pile of old wool sweaters they don’t wear anymore? I was looking through a box of sweaters and found this sweater that I remember wearing in…middle school. Well thank goodness I hate throwing old clothes away because it was perfect for this ornament project!

To make these ornaments you’ll need:

  • a wool sweater
  • my alphabet template (free download available through Google docs)
  • a glue gun
  • a piece of thin cardboard
  • a hook or string or whatever your favorite ornament hanging device is

First, download the alphabet template. After clicking the link above it’ll take you to Google docs. In the upper right corner of the document window, go to File, then Print. In your printing options you can have it print just the letter pages you need. If you have any problems you may need to download the PDF by using the same File menu and choosing Download Original. Cut out the letter you need, then trace it both the correct direction and backwards onto a piece of thin cardboard.

Cut the letters out of the cardboard. Next, cut out pieces of the sweater following the shape of your letter around 1/4″ larger all around.

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Using a glue gun and working in small sections, apply glue around the edge of the the letters and fold the sweater over the edge and into the glue. Hold it in place until the glue dries and move on to the next section. (Edit: I’m using black glue in the photos below. It’s the same as clear glue for a glue gun, just colored.)

Complete both letters, one normal and one backwards for each ornament.

Work VERY QUICKLY and make an outline of glue around the inside of one of the letters then sandwich them together.

You could attach a hanger for the ornament before the step above, or you can tie a string or wire around it at this final stage like I did. Here’s the completed ornament!

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  29 comments for “Christmas Ornaments from Wool Sweater

  1. December 15, 2011 at 8:40 pm

    That is really cute! I love the bells on it too :)

  2. Kate
    December 15, 2011 at 8:50 pm

    Cute ornament … what a great idea! Thanks for sharing.

  3. December 15, 2011 at 9:40 pm

    Very cute! You could always pick up a wool Christmas sweater at Goodwill if you didn’t have one. Only a couple of bucks and you’ve got ornaments!

  4. December 15, 2011 at 10:03 pm

    So adorable… and the bells are a lovely touch too!

  5. December 16, 2011 at 7:27 am

    these are great! i think i’ll make one for each of my kids!

  6. Cindy
    December 16, 2011 at 9:42 am

    I love that idea…especially since there’s no sewing!

  7. December 16, 2011 at 10:35 am

    OK, I don’t know if I’m showing my idiocy here, but is your hot glue blackish? I’ve never seen such a thing. Is there a benefit to using it rather than the clear stuff? Just curious. Very cute ornament, by the way.

    • December 16, 2011 at 2:36 pm

      Hi Kim! Yes, the hot glue is black (with a little orange mixed in). When I was at the store they were out of clear glue so I had to buy the colored multipack. It’s the same as clear glue, just comes in a variety of colors. Thanks for asking!

  8. December 16, 2011 at 12:32 pm

    That is so cute and clever. What a great way to use up sweater scraps. And you can personalize it to a person’s style.

  9. December 16, 2011 at 5:03 pm

    This was a great idea!
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  10. December 17, 2011 at 11:07 pm

    These are so fun! A great way to use up old sweaters!

  11. December 18, 2011 at 2:16 am

    Love this! They’d make wonderful monograms for packages too!

  12. December 18, 2011 at 7:27 pm

    Love this and what a great way to use up those annoying little wool scraps leftover from bigger projects.

  13. crystal
    December 19, 2011 at 11:15 am

    If you felt the sweater first it won’t fray you can just cut out the letters no need to fold over the edge.

  14. December 19, 2011 at 12:58 pm

    This is great!! It makes me wish I kept some old sweaters!

  15. December 19, 2011 at 4:08 pm

    I love them! Thanks for sharing.

  16. December 19, 2011 at 8:21 pm

    Hi Lindsay and Mary!
    Stopping by from Cratf-O-Maniac Monday
    I love your sweater ornaments! I’m definetely going to have to try this!
    Thanks for sharing
    Greetings from Spain

  17. December 20, 2011 at 11:30 am

    Sooo cute! I saw some ornaments like this somewhere (Pier 1 maybe) and I wanted to figure out how to make them, but I couldn’t! Have you tried a letter with a “hole” in the middle, like an A or a P?
    Also, what kind of crazy colored glue are you using and where did you get it!?

    • December 21, 2011 at 9:22 am

      Thanks Jessica! I haven’t tried out a letter with a hole yet. At least with the letters I did try, the sweater was stretchy enough to get around curves but I’m sure the holes will be trickier! It might be easier to do the hole first and you may have to cut little slits in the sweater around the the hole (so if it’s a circle, you would add a few cuts like sun rays).

      The glue is just regular glue for a glue gun but it’s from a multipack of different colored sticks. I bought mine at the store (probably Michael’s Crafts) but I’ve seen colored ones and even ones with glitter sold online.

  18. December 20, 2011 at 1:15 pm

    Featuring at Bacon Time this week. Merry Christmas!

  19. Tammy
    December 20, 2011 at 7:35 pm

    These are great. That sweater was perfect!

  20. December 20, 2011 at 8:24 pm

    What a great idea! I do love a good clothes upcycling project!

    Thanks for linking to a Round Tuit!
    Hope you have a very Merry Christmas!
    Jill @ Creating my way to Success

  21. December 20, 2011 at 10:38 pm

    well how simple and CUTE! I LOVE this! Thank you SO much for sharing I might just have to make a few of these this week yet! :o)
    jaime from crafty scrappy happy

  22. tara
    December 21, 2011 at 8:46 am

    Love this idea. They look so cozy.

  23. December 22, 2011 at 2:10 pm

    came from Thrifty Decorating – love this! Takes you back to old school Christmas ornament making as a kid :)

  24. CleaStagnitti
    December 30, 2011 at 9:10 pm

    I love it – thanks for sharing.

  25. November 25, 2012 at 1:48 pm

    Very cute. The bells are the perfect finishing touch.

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