Disclosure: The company Turtle Mat sent a plain jumper and money for materials to create this project, and this post is an entry into a contest to win a Christmas Hamper and a doormat. All the views and the tutorial are my own.
Elsa-Inspired Christmas Jumper
Hello! Today I have a jumper up-cycle project to share. I turned a plain blue jumper into a Christmas one inspired by Elsa (from Disney’s Frozen)…
I was trying to create something that Elsa might wear on Christmas day, what do you think? Alright, I know Elsa doesn’t feel the cold so she probably wouldn’t wear a jumper, but my little princess does so she’s very happy with the transformation!
This was the plain blue jumper they sent me:
Here are the supplies I bought to alter it (though I didn’t end up using them all – I didn’t use the ribbon at all):
* White Felt 2 Sheets 55p each * 1 Metre Blue Pom-Pom Trim £1.65 * 2 Metres White Ribbon 90p * Trimits Beads £1.35 *
Total = £5
The only other items I used were pins, a needle, with white or blue cotton thread, plus paper to print a template and grey-board to cut it from.
To make your own DIY Elsa Inspired Jumper…
Step 1: Download THIS DIAMOND TEMPLATE and print it at A4. The diamond should be approx 5″ tall:
Step 2: Use the template to cut a diamond from grey-board / chipboard (I used the backing board from a paper pad), then use the board diamond to help you cut 8 white felt diamonds:
NB: The diamonds have a shorter end and a longer end. All the shorter ends need to point into the middle.
I used this Nordic-Style snowflake / star as it’s like the one featured on the Christmas Jumper Doormat, and it’s such an iconic symbol for winter and Christmas!
Step 3: Pin the felt diamonds onto your jumper:
Step 4: Hand-stitch them into place with white thread. Warning – this takes a while… I recommend listening to some Christmas music while you sew! You could machine-stitch them, but I was worried about the jumper stretching out of shape while running it through the machine – I didn’t want to end up with wonky diamonds! They aren’t perfectly positioned as it is, but the shape looks good enough to me:
Step 5: Sew some beads down the centre line of each diamond. I alternated sparkly and pearly beads:
Step 6: Sew pom-pom trim along the FRONT of the neckline. Don’t attach it all the way around, as then the neckline might not stretch enough to fit over the recipient’s head!:
Step 7: Sew beads in between each pom-pom to make it look more icy and queen-like:
Step 8: Sew pom-pom trim around the cuffs of the jumper too. If you add it in a place which doesn’t need to stretch then you can sew this all the way around, that’s why mine is not right at the edge of the cuffs. Then try the jumper out:
When I showed the finish result to my daughter she gasped and said ‘I don’t like it… I LOVE it!’ so I guess it was a success!
I didn’t end up using the white ribbon at all, I only used one sheet of white felt, and less that a quarter of the beads. So I’ve got some items for another project.
Thank you Turtle Mat for a fun challenge!
What do you think? Will you be up-cycling any jumpers to make them more Christmassy this year?
Have a great day,