Based on the inspiration of an amazing holiday sweater I saw on Jimmy Fallon, I decided to make this. I have some pretty amazing winter/holiday/Christmas sweaters that I've accumulated over the past few years including some great finds from thrift shops and Ebay, so I thought I had all I needed until I saw that!I looked it up online and $70 plus the fact I'd basically need 1 day shipping to get it here in time for the sweater contest at work and I was looking at $100 for the sweater. Now, don't get me wrong...it's pretty fantastic, but it does lack blinking lights and Westies. I have a Westie (little white terrier dog) and they make everything Christmas at least 50% better. Since I've got a Kindle...it seemed only appropriate for me to modify a sweater that was getting old (to be fair, I got it as a Christmas gift in college from my roommate and it was about 1999 or so when that happened). What better way to give a sweater a swan song than with a holiday sweater modification? Without further ado, I present you the most spectacular holiday sweater I now own.
As a disclaimer, I saw the call-out for holiday sweater instructables after I had already made mine, so I'll do my best to explain it, but I don't have the step by step building in progress photos. It's simple enough to do though!
Step 1: Materials Needed
- 1 tablet waterproof dry bag - This is one of the few items I had to buy. I got it at a local Meijer on sale for $9.99 and I'll be able to use it for its intended purposes after Christmas, so it's a win-win as far as I'm concerned. Specifically I used this one: http://geckobrands.com/waterproof/ipad-iphone-mobile-device-dry-bags/ipad-waterproof-dry-bag.html
- 1 pkg (2 pair) of baby 0-3 month Christmas socks - again, one of the few items I needed to buy and I got this at Meijer as well. They were $1.49 and on sale for like 25% off of that. It was much cheaper than the $1.99 each mini Christmas stockings and more cute I think!
- Several pieces of 3M DualLock - This stuff isn't cheap at almost $5 a pack, but if you use velcro for something heavy like a tablet, you're probably going to have it fall of your shirt. I already had some and got 1 pack more, which I used about half of. I'd say total I used about 1.5 packs worth to be on the safe side, but you can probably get away with 1 pkg.
- Felt - I had some already and then picked up a multi pack for a few more colors
- soft fleece (I used scraps on the snowman that I already had
- mini hair clips (pinch/alligator style) - I already had these in my craft supplies - you could also use hot glue in place of these on the stockings if you wanted to.
- Aquarium plants - Solid green kind - had this leftover from a Chia Pet Halloween costume I made for my dog last year.
- Sparkly pipe cleaners (for ridges in moulding on fireplace surround)
- Wire sticky clips (you could use hot glue to hold the xmas lights too, but I used some of these that I already had so my lights could be removable.
- lolly/cake pop candy cane striped type straw (for candy cane "bone" on the dog)
- Westie dog (Coconut) scrapbook sticker
- fabric paint (assorted colors)
- 3 graduated sized bottle caps from various objects (pill bottles, pop bottles, etc.)
- plastic plug cap for top hat
- thin wooden dowel
- gummy poster mount squares
- clear fabric glue
- glue gun and glue sticks
Step 2: Placing Tablet on the Sweater
For the tablet drybag, I rolled up the cover and stuck it with sticky mount poster squares (clear gummy ones). That held it find and the are removable so it won't cause any marks or damage to my drybag.
Step 3: Fireplace Surround and Embellishments.
Step 4: Decorating the Mantle
Step 5: Add Lights to Mantle
Step 6: Clip Stockings to Mantle
Step 7: Frosty
To make Frosty's hat, I used a plug cap (I think it came on the power cable with my Xbox one or something, but I saw it laying around on my coffee table and it was perfect). I glued a semi-circle of felt on the bottom for the brim of the hat and used red fabric paint for the "ribbon" on his hat. For his corn cob pipe, smile, eyes, and buttons on his body, I used fabric paint. I used a pink button for his nose, because it was the smallest one I had. Sorry about the pink Frosty :) The arms are some thin wooden dowels leftover from another project at Halloween.
Step 8: Westie Dog Present
Step 9: Finished
I attached the dry bag to my sweater and inserted my Kindle to it, turned on my lights, and used a fireplace app on the tablet. I was a little more limited in the Amazon app store, but I had free coins they gave me with Prime I hadn't used, so I didn't actually pay the $.99 out of pocket I would have needed to. I used this one: http://www.amazon.com/Virtual-Fireplace-Kindle-Tablet-Edition/dp/B00B73UHVQ
Here's the finished product!
As you can see, I won a major award! This was the 1st annual ugly sweater contest at work and there were 3 judges that could hand out their points (worth up to 10) to people. I got the 10 pointers from each of them, so it was a total sweep. It's kind of a big deal. It's a traveling trophy (and isn't it a beauty with a sweater on it and all?) so I'll need to up my game next year somehow since I've clearly set the bar so high.
That's what we call napalm in the business folks. *drops mic*