When my part-time retail gig put up the “Black Friday Ugly Holiday Sweater Contest” sign by the time clock, I realized three things:
- I refuse to pay money (even if it is only $3 at the local Goodwill store) for an ugly sweater I will wear only once a year. Particularly since, if it was an ugly sweater anyone wanted to wear, it wouldn’t be in a Goodwill store in the first place.
- I’m an artist. I can make my own holiday sweater.
- If I’m making a holiday sweater, it will have dinosaurs in Santa hats on it.
DIY Dinos in Santa Hats Holiday Sweater
Step 1: Find a red cardigan at a thrift shop that you are willing to wear.
Step 2: Buy a bunch of felt squares in different colors – a number of greens and some other likely dinosaur colors, plus red and white for the Santa hats.
Step 3: Make an attempt to draw dinosaurs and remember that you are a far better artist in 3D than you are in 2D.
Step 4: Go online (pinterest is my friend!) and find some silhouettes of dinosaurs to use.
Step 5: Print out the enlarged silhouettes and subdivide them into pattern pieces: bodies, legs on top of the body piece, legs underneath the body piece, Stegosaurus plates, Triceratops head and frill, etc. Design appropriately goofy Santa hats for each dino.
Step 6: Cut out lots and lots of tiny pattern pieces.
Step 7: Take a break and have some cookies and hot chocolate (or breakfast if it is the next morning and you are writing a blog post).
Step 8: Lay the pieces out over the original silhouette to line them up correctly. Glue in place. UPDATE: The glue did not work very well. I did the first one and left it for several hours only come back to find that it had dried with several ugly white patches. I ended up hand sewing all the appliques together.
Step 9: If you don’t care about reusing the sweater, glue the dinos in place on it. Otherwise, spend a bunch of time sewing your felt dinosaurs onto the sweater.
Step 10: Have some more cookies, then wear your sweater out to great acclaim.
I am currently almost done with step 6, but obviously skipped ahead to step 7 to eat breakfast and type this up. Pictures of the finished masterpiece will be forthcoming, although now I’m thinking I’m going to want to add a palm tree for the Apatosaurus to eat and a volcano or two to round out the panorama on the back of the sweater. It may not be completely finished by the time I have to work on Black Friday afternoon, but I’ve got the entire month of December to swan around wearing it.
Happy (U.S.) Thanksgiving from me and all the dinos!
UPDATE #2: Here is a post with pictures of the (almost) finished sweater. I ended up adding a lot of scenery to the panorama on the back because the dinos looked goofy just hanging out on their own.