The company I work for has a “Festive (Ugly) Sweater Contest” at the holiday party every year. It was my first holiday party at the company so I wasn’t quite sure what to expect, but I was told that it tends to get pretty competitive. I decided to go the Hanukkah route (since you don’t see many ugly Hanukkah sweaters) and hang 50 dreidels from a sweater.

ugly sweater hanukkah diy dreidels michelleklare michelle liebmannI found the perfect batwing sweater in bright blue to be the base of my sweater. Not having real sleeves made it easier for the dreidels to drape and dangle. I found Hanukkah garland and 50 mini dreidels for $.29 each at Party City. I brought the sweater with me to Party City so I could lay out the dreidels to get an idea of how many I would need.

ugly sweater hanukkah diy dreidels michelleklare michelle liebmannI had tried to find dreidels with a hole at the top so it would make it easy to sew the dreidels to the sweater, but I couldn’t find any. Instead, I used some jewelry wire and pliers to wrap wire loops on the top of each dreidel. 

ugly sweater hanukkah diy dreidels michelleklare michelle liebmannDisclaimer: I have a very difficult time doing anything half-assed.

If your wire wrapping is tight enough, you probably don’t need to add glue. But I like to be extra thorough and also have a weird need for using epoxy anywhere possible. SO, I added a dab of epoxy over each of the wire wraps to be extra sure none of my dreidels would fall off of my sweater.

ugly sweater hanukkah diy dreidels michelleklare michelle liebmannOnce the epoxy had dried, I used metallic silver spray paint (which I also used to paint pumpkins last year) to paint all of the dreidels silver.

ugly sweater hanukkah diy dreidels michelleklare michelle liebmannI stitched my dreidels to the sweater starting in the top corner by the shoulder. I laid out a few on the sweater to get a basic layout going and worked my way across the sweater. I used one continuous piece of blue embroidery thread to attach the dreidels (just tie a knot after you’re done stitching each dreidel to keep it in place). This made it much faster and easier than cutting the thread and retying it each time.

IMG_3672ugly sweater hanukkah diy dreidels michelleklare michelle liebmannAfter the dreidels were attached, I used more embroidery thread to sew Hanukkah garland to the neckline and edges of the sleeves. I also added some tiny jingle bells into the garland to give the sweater both visual and audio appeal.

ugly sweater hanukkah diy dreidels michelleklare michelle liebmann

ugly sweater hanukkah diy dreidels michelleklare michelle liebmann

ugly sweater hanukkah diy dreidels michelleklare michelle liebmannThe sweater was a success! I got 2nd place in our Ugly (I mean, “festive) Sweater Contest at our office party!

w2nycFirst place went to my coworker who made her sweater by attaching an Ipad with a fireside app to the center of her sweater. It was very cool and tough to beat!