Now that Tacky Sweater parties have become a staple of the holidays, we’re sure you’ve got a few lined up this season (and you best not show up in a sleek sweater dress). So, what better way to make your grand entrance than in a tacky sweater you’ve designed yourself?! And better yet, why not get yerself a kit with all the fixins’, straight from our brand new Brit Kit Collabs collection?

What are Brit Kit Collabs? Glad you asked! We teamed up with eight of our favorite makers, bloggers and designers to create a brand new set of nine exclusive Brit Kits, just in time for the holidays. Head to the shop to check ’em all out, and follow along to learn how to create your own tacky holiday sweater. You can get everything you need to create this project in our Tacky Holiday Sweater Kit for just $30 in the B+C Shop!

Learn more about Aubrie Pagano of Bow & Drape by checking out her maker profile right here. Now, let the tacky holiday party begin!

Materials + Tools:
 – Bow and Drape pullover sweatshirt

– Beacon Fabri-Tac glue

– sequined ornament patches

– gold tinsel yarn

Additional Tools (not included):
 – scissors


1. Plan out your design with yarn and ornament patches.

2. Glue down yarn and patches.

3. Trim off excess yarn and glue the ends down.

4. Let dry overnight.

5. Wear out to all your holiday parties!

6. Hand wash between uses.

Let’s get tacky!

First things first, play around with tinsel arrangements on your sweatshirt. We tried out all sorts of tree shapes, loops and curls. Lay out out your patches as well to get an idea of how the finished sweater will look.

We went with this big wrap-around collar design as an ode to ’80s winter closets everywhere! Your quirky aunties would be so proud.

Once you’ve decided on a design, it’s time to get gluing. We used Beacon Fabri-Tac glue to anchor down our design AND get it through regular washes safely. Remember to remove the internal foil seal and snip off the end of the applicator tip with scissors before you get going. To speed up the process, you can dot on multiple spots of glue at once and then press the tinsel yarn down in place to secure. Hold for a few seconds before moving on to the next row of tinsel.

For this particular design, we wanted the tinsel to end cleanly at the seam. To do this simply snip off the excess yarn and glue the end right into the seam line.

Now for the sequined ornaments! These take a generous amount of Fabri-Tac to secure, so make sure all the edges and center get a nice dose of glue before sticking them down and holding in place.

Let the glue completely dry overnight before wearing out, and admire your festive DIY work!

Lazy girls and glam girls agree, going out in a comfy sweater is the business. AND going out in one you made yourself is even better! #notsolazygirl.

Make sure to grab a kit in the Brit+Co Shop for $30, available in small, medium or large!

What other tacky DIY’s are you making this holiday season? Tell us about them in the comments below.