How to Make Christmas Clothing


Wear your heart on your sleeve this Christmas by showing off the Christmas clothing you've made with our easy how-tos. Whether you prefer to knit, quilt, or sew, we'll show you how to make festive Christmas clothing that is sure to delight.

In this article, we'll show you how to make:
  • Christmas Knit Scarves

    Keep warm this winter with classy knit scarves. Knit scarves make great Christmas gifts that your family and friends will love. Whether you're knitting or purling, you're sure to enjoy these Christmas scarf gems. In this section, we'll show you how to make textured scarves, elegant scarves, and scarves fit for a queen.

  • Christmas Knit Mittens and Booties

    Knit something for everyone on your Christmas list this holiday season. Keep big hands and little feet warm with these classic Christmas knit mittens and booties. Other than size, there's not a lot of difference in technique between making mittens and booties. We have even included a no-knit pair of mittens so that you can wow your familiy and friends without ever picking up a pair of needles. We'll show you how to make Christmas mittens and booties.

  • Christmas Shirts and Ties

    Dress your family in festive attire for Christmas dinner. Or, make charming Christmas shirts that are sure to delight through all the days of December. With everything from snowmen on denim to Christmas tree ties to sparkly snowmen, this section has all kinds of shirts and ties for everyone on Santa's list. Learn how to make Christmas shirts and ties within this section.

  • Christmas Vests

    Vests are a great accessory to every outfit. Show your holiday spirit with Christmas vests that you've made yourself. The Victorian and country chic styles we showcase in this section are fun to wear and easy to create. Learn how to make Christmas vests that you'll want to wear all year long in this section.
Get your knitting needles out to make Christmas knit scarves. We'll teach you how in the next section.

Christmas Knit Scarves

Knitting has been a crafting craze for quite a few years. It's never too late to jump on the bandwagon -- especially with these Christmas crafts. Knit Christmas scarves for all of your loved ones. We give you a few different ideas to choose from in order to suit everyone's tastes.

Textured Scarf

Textured Scarf is a knit Christmas scarf. This Christmas clothing makes a great homemade Christmas gift.
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Textured Scarf

You'll Need:
  • Yarn: Worsted weight yarn: 176 yards (161m) 70% mohair and 30% wool blend, variegated colors; 190 yards (174m) 85% wool and 15% mohair blend, solid color
  • Needles: US size 15 (10mm)
  • Notions: Scissors; tapestry needle to weave in ends
  • Gauge: 14 stitches=4 inches (10cm) in pattern
  • Yarn: Worsted weight yarn: 176 yards (161m) 70% mohair and 30% wool blend, variegated colors; 190 yards (174m) 85% wool and 15% mohair blend, solid color
  • Needles: US size 15 (10mm)
  • Notions: Scissors; tapestry needle to weave in ends
To Make Textured Scarf:

Gauge: 14 stitches=4 inches (10cm) in pattern
Size: ">1/2 inches (16.5cm); Length: 52 inches (132cm)
  1. With 1 strand of each yarn held together, cast on 25 stitches.

  2. Row 1: (RS) *Knit 1, knit next 3 stitches together leaving the stitches on the left needle, work a yarn over on the right needle, then knit the same 3 stitches together again, slip stitches off left needle. Repeat from * to last stitch, ending row with 1 knit stitch.

  3. Row 2: Purl across all stitches.

  4. Row 3: Knit 3, *knit next 3 stitches together leaving stitches on left needle, yarn over right needle, knit the same 3 stitches together again, slip stitches off left needled, knit 1; repeat from * to last 2 stitches, end row with 2 knit stitches.

  5. Row 4: Purl across all stitches.

  6. Repeat rows 1 through 4 until scarf measures 52 inches (132 cm).

  7. Bind off. Weave in all yarn ends to wrong side of work.
Snow Queen's Scarf

You'll Need:
  • 132 yards super bulky yarn
  • Size 17 needles
  • Scissors
  • Tape measure
  • Tapestry needle
To Make Snow Queen's Scarf:

Snow Queen's Scarf is a knit Christmas scarf. This Christmas craft makes a great homemade Christmas gift.
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Snow Queen's Scarf

Gauge: 10 stitches measure 4 inches
Size: 6-1/2 inches wide and 60 inches long
  1. Cast on 17 stitches.

  2. Row 1: (wrong side) (Knit one stitch, purl one stitch) 8 times, knit one stitch.

  3. Row 2: Knit every stitch. Repeat these 2 rows for pattern.

  4. Work in pattern until piece measures approximately 50 inches.

  5. Bind off all stitches on row 2.

  6. Cut yarn, leaving tail. Thread yarn end into a tapestry needle, and weave it into back of scarf.

  7. Block piece by hand-washing and letting it dry flat on towel.

    Holiday Hints!
    When the materials list for your pattern gives the amount of yarn needed in yards but the yarn you want to use is listed in meters, don't fret! There's an easy formula for converting one to the other.To convert from meters to yards, multiply the meters by 1.09.To convert from yards to meters, multiply the yards by 0.91.

    You'll be amazed at how many different looks you can achieve just by changing the yarn combinations you use for this scarf. Be creative!

Simply Elegant Scarf

Simply Elegant Scarf is a knit Christmas scarf. Give this Christmas craft as an enduring Christmas gift.
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Simply Elegant Scarf

You'll Need:
  • 160 yards mohair blend yarn
  • 160 yards sparkling heavy thread or thin yarn
  • U.S. size 11 knitting needles
  • Tape measure
  • Scissors
To Make Simply Elegant Scarf:

Gauge: 12 stitches=4 inches in garter stitch (exact gauge not important; scarf can be slightly wider or narrower)
  1. Holding both yarns together, cast on 20 stitches.

  2. Use garter stitch (knit every row) until work measures about 55 inches in length.

  3. Bind off all stitches. Cut off excess yarn, leaving a tail. Thread tail on tapestry needle, and weave into final row of stitches for 2 or 3 inches.
Don't put down your knitting needles yet. In the next section, we'll show you how to make Christmas mittens and booties.

Christmas Knit Mittens and Booties

Mittens are welcome gifts during the middle of winter. Booties warm little feet. Knit Christmas gifts that your friends and family will want to wear all winter long. If you need a little refresher, we include the basic knitting abbreviations at the bottom of this page. Even if you're not a knitter, you can still create Christmas mittens that make wonderful Christmas gifts.

No-Knit Mittens

No-Knit Mittens are knitted mittens. Make this Christmas craft as a Christmas gift for loved ones.
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No-Knit Mittens

You'll Need:
  • Old sweater with sleeves: wool, cotton, or blend
  • Scissors
  • Black permanent marker
  • Sewing machine
  • Thread
To Make No-Knit Mittens:
  1. Wash sweater in warm water, and dry in dryer on medium heat.

  2. Cut sleeves off sweater, and turn them inside out.

  3. Lay your hand on sweater sleeve so your wrist is at sleeve cuff and sleeve seam runs along the outer edge of your hand. Use marker to trace mitten shape, beginning at top of outer seam and coming down and around thumb. Repeat for other sleeve.

    Trace your hand to form mitten.
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    Trace your hand to form mitten.

  4. Use sewing machine to stitch mittens along marker line. Trim mittens outside sewn seam, and turn inside out.

    Trim mittens.
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    Trim mittens.

Winter Warmth Felted Mittens

Winter Warmth Felted Mittens are knitted mittens. Make this Christmas craft as a Christmas gift.
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Winter Warmth Felted Mittens

You'll Need:
  • 220 yards medium-weight 100% wool yarn (not superwash; this type of wool will not felt)
  • 1 skein fuzzy 100% polyester yarn (50 grams)
  • Set of 5 double-pointed needles, U.S. size 8
  • Stitch markers
  • Ruler
  • Scissors
  • Tapestry needle
  • Scrap yarn
To Make Winter Warmth Felted Mittens:
  1. Holding both yarns tog, CO 44 sts. Divide sts equally onto 4 needles (11 sts on each needle).

    With rem needle, join sts into rnd, being careful not to twist, and pm at beg of rnd. K in rnd until work measures 31/2 inches from CO edge.

  2. Cut fuzzy yarn, leaving 5-inch tail. Thread tail on tapestry needle, and weave to WS. Cont with wool yarn:

    Rnd 1: [k5, m1] 8 times, k4 (52 sts)
    Rnds 2-11: k all sts
    Rnd 12: k2, pm, m1, k2, m1, pm, k to end of rnd (54 sts)
    Rnd 13: k 1 rnd
    Rnd 14: k to first marker, sl marker, m1, k to next marker, m1, sl marker, k to end of rnd (56 sts)
    Rep last 2 rnds 5 times (66 sts)
    Rnd 25: k all sts
    Rnd 26: k to first marker. Sl 16 sts between markers onto scrap yarn, and tie ends tog to hold sts. With yarn from skein, make 2 backward loops over needle used to beg rnd; k to end of rnd (52 sts). K in rnds until work measures 11 inches from cuff.

    Make 2 loops.
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    Make 2 loops.

  3. To shape top of mitten:

    Rnd 1: [k2, k2tog] 13 times (39 sts)
    Rnds 2-5: k all sts
    Rnd 6: [k1, k2tog] 13 times (26 sts)
    Rnds 7-10: k all sts
    Rnd 11: [k2tog] 13 times (13 sts)
    Rnd 12: k all sts

    Cut yarn, leaving 5-inch tail. Thread tail on tapestry needle, and insert through 13 sts on needles. Pull yarn gently to close mitten top. Turn inside out, and weave through several sts.

    Thread tail on tapestry needle.
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    Thread tail on tapestry needle.

  4. To make thumb, insert empty needle into first 8 sts on hold (tied on scrap yarn). Sl rem 8 sts on hold to second needle. Join yarn from skein at beg of second needle; pm to mark beg of rnd. With third needle, k8 from second needle, pick up 2 sts from k edge above thumb, k8 from first needle (18 sts). Divide sts so each needle has 6 sts. K in rnds until work measure 21/4 inches.

  5. To shape thumb top:
    Rnd 1: [k2, k2tog] 4 times, end last 2 sts as k2tog (12 sts)
    Rnds 2-3: k all sts
    Rnd 4: [k1, k2tog] 4 times (8 sts)
    Rnd 5: k all sts

    Cut yarn, leaving 5-inch tail. Thread on tapestry needle, and insert through 8 sts on needles. Pull yarn gently to close mitten top. Turn inside out, and weave through several sts. Rep steps to make matching mitten.

Snuggly Santa Baby Booties are knitted baby booties. Make this Christmas craft as a Christmas gift for your infant.
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Snuggly Santa Baby Booties

Snuggly Santa Baby Booties:

You'll Need:
  • 100 yards medium-weight wool yarn (110 yards/50 grams)
  • U.S. size 5 knitting needles
  • Scissors
  • Tapestry needle
  • Red-and-white ribbon or white yarn
To Make Snuggly Santa Baby Booties:

Gauge: 24 sts/48 rows=4 inches in garter stitch

Size: 3 to 6 months
  1. CO 46 sts.
    Rows 1 and 2: k across all sts
    Row 3: k22, m1, k2, m1, k22 (48 sts)
    Row 4: k across all sts
    Row 5: k22, m1, k4, m1, k22 (50 sts)
    Row 6: k across all sts
    Row 7: k22, m1, k6, m1, k22 (52 sts)
    Row 8: k across all sts
    Row 9: k22, m1, k8, m1, k22 (54 sts)
    Rows 10-12: k across all sts
    Row 13: k22, m1, k10, m1, k22 (56 sts)
    Rows 14-16: k across all sts
    Row 17: k22, m1, k12, m1, k22 (58 sts)
    Rows 18-30: k across all sts
    Row 31: k14, m1, k10, m1, k10, m1, k10, m1, k14 (62 sts)
    Row 32: k across all sts
    Row 33: BO 13 sts; k to end of row (49 sts)
    Row 34: BO 13 sts; k to end of row (36 sts)
    Rows 35-46: k across all sts
    Row 47: k2, k2tog, [k4, k2tog] 5 times, k2 (30 sts)
    Row 48: k across all sts
    Row 49: k1, k2tog, [k3, k2tog] 5 times, k2 (24 sts)
    Row 50: k across all sts
    Row 51: k1, k2tog, [k2, k2tog] 5 times, k1 (18 sts)
    Row 52: k across all sts
    Row 53: K2tog to end of row (9 sts)

  2. Cut yarn about 18 inches from end of work. Thread tail on tapestry needle, and insert through rem 9 sts. Pull yarn tightly, closing toe sts tog. With same yarn and needle, seam instep edges tog from toe to beg of BO, using invisible seam for garter st. Don't seam BO edges. Insert needle and yarn to WS, and weave through several sts to secure.

    Pull yarn tightly.
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    Pull yarn tightly.

  3. Cut another 18 inches of red yarn, and thread on tapestry needle. Fold bootie in half, and with RS facing, sew back seam tog using invisible seam for garter st. Thread all yarn ends to WS, and weave through several sts to secure.

    Thread all yarn ends to wrong side.
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    Thread all yarn ends to wrong side.

  4. Use red-and-white ribbon for ties (about 18 inches for each tie), or make a decorative yarn chain out of red and white yarn, such as the 2-color finger cord shown here. Use tapestry needle to weave ties around top of bootie, taking care not to split knitted stitches. Tie ends into bow at front of bootie.

    Use tapestry needle to weave in ties.
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    Use tapestry needle to weave in ties.

  5. Repeat all steps for matching baby bootie.
Knitting Abbreviations:
  • beg: begin
  • BO: bind off
  • CO: cast on
  • cont: continue
  • k: knit
  • k2tog: knit 2 stitches together
  • m1: make 1 stitch (insert left needle from front to back under horizontal strand between stitch just worked and next stitch on left needle, then knit this strand through back loop)
  • p: purl
  • p2tog: purl 2 stitches together
  • pm: place marker
  • rem: remaining
  • rep: repeat
  • rnd: round
  • RS: right side
  • sl st: slip stitch, unworked, off of one needle to other needle
  • sl st knitwise: slip stitch knitwise by inserting needle as if you were going to knit stitch
  • sl st purlwise: slip stitch purlwise by inserting needle as if you were going to purl stitch
  • ssk: slip next 2 stitches knitwise, then insert tip of left needle into front of these 2 stitches and knit them together
  • st(s): stitch(es)
  • St st: stockinette stitch (knit on right side, purl on wrong side)
  • tog: together
  • WS: wrong side
  • [ ]: repeat instructions inside brackets as indicated
In the next section, we'll show you how to make Christmas shirts and ties.

Christmas Shirts and Ties

There's no better way to show your Christmas cheer than with a shirt of delightful design. In this section, we'll show you how to make Christmas-themed shirts. For the special man in your life, we give a Christmas tree tie that is fun to make and wear as the perfect Christmas gift.

Using Patterns

When individual project instructions direct you to cut out a shape according to the pattern, begin by downloading the pattern as a PDF. All patterns are at actual size, unless otherwise noted. Print the pattern from your computer.

If the pattern has an arrow with the word "fold" next to a line, it is a half pattern. Fold the printed pattern at the line. Then cut along the line, going through both layers of paper. Open for the full pattern.

To attach a pattern to felt, roll two-inch lengths of masking tape into circles with the adhesive side out. Attach the tape to the back of the pattern in several places. Place the pattern onto the felt, and cut through both the paper and felt layers along the lines. If you are using a half pattern, open the pattern and similarly tape it to the felt before cutting.

Sparkling and Frosty Stunning Shirt is a snowman-themed Christmas shirt. Make this Christmas craft as a Christmas gift.
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Sparkling and Frosty Stunning Shirt

Sparkling and Frosty Stunning Shirt

You'll Need:
  • Pencil
  • Pins
  • Black long-sleeve T-shirt
  • White dressmaker's carbon
  • Waxed paper
  • Jewelry glue
  • Tweezers
  • 56 to 60 clear crystal rhinestones, 4mm each
  • 15 to 20 brown bugle beads
  • 2 clear crystal seed beads
  • 1 orange bugle bead
To Make Sparkling and Frosty Stunning Shirt:
  1. Download Sparkling and Frosty Stunning Shirt pattern here. Print it out. Center and pin pattern to front of T-shirt.

  2. Slip dressmaker's carbon under pattern, with carbon side touching shirt. With the pencil, transfer dots and dashes from pattern to shirt.

    Transfer dashes and dots to shirt.
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    Transfer dashes and dots to shirt.

  3. Squeeze a small amount of glue onto waxed paper. Use tweezers to pick up a rhinestone and dip bottom into glue. Position rhinestone on T-shirt. Press in place with your finger. Repeat with remaining rhinestones.

    Glue rhinestones onto front of snowman-themed Christmas shirt.
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    Glue rhinestones onto shirt.

  4. Proceed in same manner to glue brown bugle beads in place for arms.

  5. Glue 2 seed beads in place for eyes, and glue on orange bugle bead for nose. Let dry overnight before wearing. (Check glue package directions for washing instructions.)
Delightfully Birdy Denim Shirt

Delightfully Birdy Denim Shirt is a Christmas craft that makes a great homemade Christmas gift.
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Delightfully Birdy Denim Shirt

You'll Need:
  • Denim shirt
  • 1/8 yard iron-on adhesive
  • Iron
  • 637-inch white calico fabric
  • Calico cloth scraps: blue, yellow, light brown, dark brown, orange, black, red
  • White paper
  • Pencil
  • Scissors
  • Black paint
  • 4 beige buttons
  • Fabric glue
  • Ball-headed pin
To Make Delightfully Birdy Denim Shirt:
  1. Prewash denim shirt; do not use fabric softener. Dry thoroughly.

  2. Apply iron-on adhesive, using manufacturer's instruction, to the back of each fabric.

  3. Download Delightfully Birdy Denim Shirt patterns here. Print and then cut them out. Trace patterns to paper backing on each fabric. Trace snowman, hands, and snow ledge on white; bird, jacket, small birdhouse, large roof, and large base on blue; beak, 3 large stars, and 2 small stars on yellow; large birdhouse and 1 hole on light brown; 2 holes, small roof, and small base on dark brown; nose on orange; hat on black; scarf on red fabric. Cut out all pieces.

    Trace patterns to paper backing on fabric.
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    Trace patterns to paper backing on fabric.

  4. Peel paper backing off each fabric piece. Place them on shirt according to finished photograph. Place snowman's hands under sleeves, and place hat on head. Place roofs and bases on top of birdhouses. Place holes on top of each birdhouse. Press in place.

    Place pattern pieces on shirt.
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    Place pattern pieces on shirt.

  5. Glue buttons to centers of stars (except star on pocket).

  6. Use ball-headed pin and black paint to dot on smile and eyes of snowman.

    Paint snowman's smile to finish snowman-themed Christmas shirt.
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    Paint snowman's smile.

Golden Nights Tie and Suspenders

Golden Nights Tie and Suspenders
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Golden Nights Tie and Suspenders

You'll Need:
  • Black necktie
  • Black suspenders
  • Shirt board
  • Masking tape
  • White paper
  • Pencil
  • Scissors
  • White chalk pencil
  • Press and peel foil beginner kit with gold foil (kit contains dimensional bond, gold foil, foil sealer, and applicator brush)
  • Paper towels
  • Straight pin
  • Paper clip
  • Palette
To Make Golden Nights Tie and Suspenders:
  1. Determine approximately where necktie will be knotted when worn. Tape tie to shirt board at that point. Tape 1 front clip of suspenders to shirt board. Stretch suspender slightly and tape to board approximately where it will hit the top of shoulder. Repeat with other side.

    Note: Adjust suspenders to size before dimensional bond is applied. Adjusting after foil has been applied may cause it to scrape off. Also, adjust suspenders to a size as large as is comfortable. Too much stretching may cause foil and bond to crack.

    Tape tie and suspenders to shirt board.
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    Tape tie and suspenders to shirt board.

  2. Download Golden Nights Tie and Suspenders pattern here. Print pattern and then cut it out. Place tree on tie, and trace with chalk pencil. Continue tracing tree in random fashion, allowing some trees to appear to fall off edge of tie. For suspenders, start at bottom near clip and trace around star, making a row of stars approximately 2 inches apart.

    Trace around star.
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    Trace around star.

  3. Working on 1 shape at a time, outline and then fill in area with a thick coat of dimensional bond. Frequently wipe tip with paper towel to prevent buildup. Pop air bubbles with straight pin. Let dry until clear, about 24 hours.

    Outline and fill each shape with dimensional bond.
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    Outline and fill each shape with dimensional bond.

  4. Cut 3-inch length of foil. Lay foil on top of a tree or star, shiny gold side up. Rub firmly over shape with finger, pressing down any air bubbles. Rub bent end of paper clip around outside edge of shape to cover entire surface area of dimensional bond.

    Rub with a paper clip to cover entire surface area.
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    Rub to cover entire surface area.

  5. Slowly begin peeling back foil from top. If you notice an area where foil has not adhered, lay foil back down and rub spot with bent end of paper clip. Continue pulling foil away until entire shape is covered with foil. Repeat steps 4 and 5 for all shapes on tie and suspenders.

  6. Squeeze small amount of foil sealer onto palette. Use applicator brush to apply thin coat of sealer to each foiled shape, taking care not to allow sealer to touch fabric or puddle on top of foil. Let dry completely.

    Apply thin coat of sealer to finish homemade Christmas ties and suspenders.
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    Apply thin coat of sealer.

    Holiday Hint!
    Press and peel foil comes in a wide variety of colors. For a more subtle look, try green foil for the trees. Or choose 3 colors (maybe red, green, and gold), and alternate the tree colors on the tie.

In the final section, we'll teach you how to make Christmas vests.

Christmas Vests

Celebrate the Christmas season by wearing your heart on your sleeve ... or in this case, vest. Christmas vests are fun to wear and a great way to show your festive spirit. Give these Christmas crafts as Christmas gifts or keep them all for yourself.

Angelic Vest

Angelic Vest is a wearable Christmas craft. Give this piece of Christmas clothing as a Christmas gift.
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Angelic Vest

You'll Need:
  • Linen vest
  • Fabric glue
  • Straight pins
  • 11/4 yards ecru ungathered cluney lace, 1 inch wide
  • Hot glue gun and glue sticks
  • 11/2 yards ivory cording, 1/2 inch wide
  • 5 x 5-inch square antique linen
  • 4-inch ecru Irish rose doily
  • 8 ivory ribbon roses, 1 inch each
  • 12 inches dusty rose French ribbon
  • Thin wire
  • Scissors
  • 1 yard moss sheer ribbon
  • Needle and ivory thread
  • 5 x 3-inch piece antique lace
  • Assorted charms, including angels
  • 50 miscellaneous buttons
To Make Angelic Vest:
  1. Using fabric glue and straight pins to hold, glue cluney lace around neck and front edge of vest. Use a few drops of hot glue to hold cording into position (see photo for placement), lift up section of cording and glue with fabric glue. Make sure all edges are secured.

  2. Using fabric glue, attach linen for pocket and doily to vest. Fabric glue ivory ribbon roses on top of cluney lace. Let dry 24 hours.

    Attach linen and doily to vest.
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    Attach linen and doily to vest.

  3. To make a large ribbon rose, roll French ribbon up in a loose roll and wrap wire around bottom end. To make a 2-loop bow, cut two 5-inch pieces of sheer ribbon. Pinch in center and fold tails in; wrap wire around center. Using a 10-inch piece of sheer ribbon repeat the same process. Sew bows to vest. Sew large ribbon rose to large sheer bow. Glue to vest with fabric glue.

    Roll French ribbon up to make a large ribbon rose.
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    Roll French ribbon up to make a large ribbon rose.

  4. Pinch bottom of antique lace and sew to vest. Sew angel charm over bottom of lace. Using hot glue put a drop of glue on buttons and position them. Put a drop of hot glue on charms and position them. Hand sew all buttons and charms to vest. Reinforce any loose areas with fabric glue. Let dry.

    Hot glue charms onto vest.
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    Hot glue charms onto vest.

Happy Holiday Vest

You'll Need:
  • 11/2 x 22-inch strip each red and gold print fabrics
  • 9 x 14-inches each green print and off-white print fabrics
  • 14 x 151/2-inch beige print
  • 10 x 11-inch green print
  • 9 x 14-inch gold print
  • 14 x 141/2-inch blue print
  • 1/2 yard fusible webbing
  • Appliqute fabrics: 8 x 8-inch white on white, 7 x 7-inch red print, 4 x 4-inch red print, 7 x  7-inch green print, 2 x 2-inch brown solid, 2 x 2-inch yellow print, 2 x 2-inch black, 4 x 4-inch gold print, 3 x 3-inch brown print
  • Thread: white, black, brown, yellow, dark gold
  • 11/2 yards lining and back fabric
  • Your favorite vest pattern
  • 7 black seed beads
  • 3 buttons, 3/4 inch each
  • 6 buttons, various colors and sizes
To Make Happy Holiday Vest:
  1. Download Happy Holiday Vest pattern here. Print it out.

  2. To make checked piece: Stitch 11/2-inch strip red print to 11/2-inch strip gold print along 22-inch length. Cut into 11/2-inch-wide sections. Cut 14 sections. Stitch sections together, alternating colors to form checked piece.

    Stitch gold and red fabric together to create checked piece.
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    Stitch gold and red fabric
    together to create checked piece.

  3. To make pinwheel section: Cut 14 triangles (see pattern) each of green print and off-white print fabric (dashed line is stiching line). Stitch a green triangle to an off-white triangle on the diagonal side to form a square. Repeat for all triangles.

    Stitch green triangle to off-white triangle to make pinwheel section of Christmas vest.
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    Stitch green triangle to off-white triangle
    to make pinwheel section.

  4. Stitch 4 squares together to create a pinwheel. Stitch pinwheel blocks together to make a row.

  5. To make vest front: Stitch checked piece to top of 14 x 151/2-inch beige print.

    Stitch checkered piece to beige print to make vest front.
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    Stitch checkered piece to beige print
    to make vest front.

  6. Stitch 10 x 11-inch green print to top of checked piece, lining up pieces along right edge. Cut out right front of vest.

    Stitch green print to top of checkered piece.
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    Stitch green print to top
    of checkered piece.

  7. To make left front: Stitch pinwheel section to top of 9 x 14-inch gold print.

    Stitch pinwheel to top of gold print to make left front of Christmas vest.
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    Stitch pinwheel to top of gold print
    to make left front.

  8. Stitch 14 x 141/2-inch blue print to top of pinwheel section, lining up pieces along left edge. Cut out left front of vest.

  9. To make appliques: Following manufacturer's directions, iron fusible webbing to back of all applique fabrics. Trace applique patterns onto the paper and cut out all pieces.

    Trace applique pattern to paper.
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    Trace applique pattern to paper.

  10.  Peel off paper back from all pieces and press on vest fronts, following finished photo.

    Press pattern onto Christmas vest front.
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    Press pattern onto vest front.

  11. Using blanket stitch on sewing machine, applique all pieces on vest fronts. Use thread colors as follows: black for tree, mitten, hat, house; white for mitten cuff, snowman, snow; yellow for window; brown for door, trunk; and gold for star, scarf. Knot all threads on back of fabric.

  12. Cut out remaining vest pieces and assemble vest following pattern directions.

  13. Stitch beads to snowman for eyes, nose, and mouth. Stitch buttons to snowman, star, and door at Xs.

    Stitch beads to eyes to finish Christmas vest.
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    Stitch beads to eyes.

Whether it's knitting, sewing, or painting that you prefer, you now have the tools and techniques to create homemade Christmas clothing.

ABOUT THE CRAFT DESIGNERS

Textured Scarf by Lucie Sinkler
Snow Queen's Scarf by Lucie Sinkler
Simply Elegant Scarf by Lucie Sinkler
No-Knit Mittens by Sharon Miller-Cindrich
Winter Warmth Felted Mittens by Lucie Sinkler
Snuggly Santa Baby Booties by Lucie Sinkler
Sparkling and Frost Stunning Shirt by Phyllis Dunstan
Delightfully Birdy Denim Shirt by Trena Hegdahl
Golden Nights Tie & Suspenders by Janelle Hayes
Angelic Vest by Tracia Ledford
Happy Holiday Vest by Vicki Schweitzer