String of Lights Christmas Jumper

Tis’ the season to light up like a Christmas Tree, and we've had lots of people asking about this so they can try and win the Tilly and the Buttons jumper competition (more on that here). So here is a quick and easy Step by Step tutorial on how to add sparkle to a jumper project or upcycle an old sweatshirt into the ‘Cutest Christmas Sweatshirt Ever’.

Make sure you have the following tools and ingredients to get this look:

  •  x1 A4 Sheet HappyGlitter (for Baubles) in each of the following colours:
    Red, Orange, Gold, Kelly Green, Royal Blue, Lavender, Egg Plant.
  • x1 Meter of HappyFlex in Black (wire and top of bauble)
  • Iron
  • Greaseproof paper
  • Ballpoint pen
  • Scissors

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Step One
Lay out your sweatshirt and begin to think about where you want the wire of the lights to go.
I have mine in a squiggly line going from the right shoulder down to the waist on the left.

Once you have an idea, lay the black vinyl across the jumper facing down.
With a pen begin to draw your squiggly line. Remember when you turn your vinyl over to be ironed it will be in the reverse, so bear this in mind. Once you are happy with the line you have drawn, draw another line running alongside your first line about 5mm apart, then cut it out.

Step Two
Now you have you cut out your wire, you need your glittery baubles. I have used seven different colours. In the corner of each colour cut a leaf shape about 2cm wide.

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Step Three
Once you have your leafy shape, at one end cut it into a curve, to get rid of the pointy end.

Step Four
On the other end cut a straight line. This will be where you will create a little ‘hat’ for your bauble. It will act as the part which attaches to the wire. I am unsure of the technical term so we'll call it a ‘Bauble hat’. Hehehe.

Step Five
To create the ‘Bauble hat’, lay your glittery bauble upside down on the back of the black vinyl. Where you have your straight line, draw a new curved end from the corners of the glitter vinyl. Add a scalloped line across the bottom of the curved end, this will be used to overlap the glittery bauble to create the ‘bauble hat’.

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Step Six
Now it’s time to apply the heat transfer vinyl (HappyGlitter and HappyFlex).

Give your Sweatshirt a Pre-press with your iron, using the cotton setting (**). This will remove any moisture within the fabric and will allow the vinyl to adhere properly to the fabric. Make sure you keep the steam setting set to OFF throughout.

Step Seven
Lay out your black wire line on to the front of the sweatshirt and then begin to place your glittery baubles along it. Don’t forget to add the baubles hats too.

Step Eight
Once you are happy with the placement of everything. Take a quick picture to remind you how you laid everything out. Now remove the glittery baubles and bauble hats and place to one side.

Step Nine
Cover the black Happyflex wire line with greaseproof paper and begin to press the vinyl with the iron. The shiny side of the vinyl should be facing up.

Apply firm pressure to the iron for about 5-10 seconds to make sure the vinyl will adhere to the fabric correctly. Then remove the greaseproof paper and remove the plastic carrier from the top of the vinyl (HappyFlex is best peeled back ‘warm’).

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Step Ten
Once the black wire line has been fused and the carrier removed, begin to place your glittery baubles with their hats in place along the line of the wire. I have placed my bauble hat so it is just touching the wire line to look as if it is dangling down from the wire.

Step Eleven
When you are happy with the placement, remove the bauble hat and leave the glitter bauble part in place. Repeat step nine and fuse your glittery bauble to the sweatshirt. The vinyl should be facing glitter side up (for best results remove HappyGlitter carrier when ‘hot’).

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Step Twelve
Once you have removed the plastic carrier from the glittery bauble place the bauble hat on top and repeat step nine once again.

Step Thirteen
Remove the plastic carriers from the baubles hats. Cover everything with greaseproof paper and give one last press all over your string of baubles with the iron.

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Step Fourteen
Pull Your Christmas Sweatshirt over your head and wear with your most festive skirt or trousers.

If you would like to see more you can see the tutorial on our Instagram saved stories.

And don’t forget to Sparkle, Christmas Cutie.

Your tools and ingredients to get this look:

  •  x1 A4 Sheet HappyGlitter (for Baubles) in each of the following colours:
    Red, Orange, Gold, Kelly Green, Royal Blue, Lavender, Egg Plant.
  • x1 Meter of HappyFlex in Black (wire and top of bauble)
  • Iron
  • Greaseproof paper
  • Ballpoint pen
  • Scissors

P.S. Have you picked up the latest Mollie Makes? When you do make sure you see how Christine from @SewYeah got on with our vinyl.

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