3rd Annual Ugly Sweater Challenge

This Challenge has ended.

However, you can still participate by voting.

Who doesn’t love a good “ugly sweater”? You see them in every store around the holidays. But why buy one when you can create your very own “Ugly Sweater” for any occasion. With just a few sewing tips and a little creativity, you can create a custom “ugly sweater’ look tailored to your specific interests. This challenge is a great way to use your creativity and expand your sewing skills.

This challenge will run from December 10, 2022 – January 10, 2023, giving you almost a full month to create and take photos. Your work will be voted on so picture quality and creativity is something to keep in mind. If you need help or are looking for some fun new photography tips check out my Picture Perfect blog post.

A few things to note before you get started

You MUST use a Ragamuffin Pattern for your ugly sweater base, but it doesn’t have to be a “sweater”. You can doll up the skirt on a dress, embellish the back of the blazer, or heck simply make a fun “ugly sweater” themed pair of Chillaxin’ Leggings. Don’t have any Ragamuffin Patterns? No problem. You can still enter by using one of our FREE patterns. The kids raglan and Trailblazer tie patterns are absolutely free with coupon code found in our Facebook group .

There is no limit to your creativity. You can make this challenge as intricate or basic as you wish. You may choose any theme, holiday or not, and any fabric you’d like. My shop is full of great options but there is no requirement to use Ragamuffin Fabrics for this challenge, but I will love you more if you do.

This dress sewn by the wonderfully talented Lindsay Fry during on of our previous ugly sweater challenges. It is a great example of a not so ugly, non-sweater “ugly sweater” challenge submission.

She used the Bonnie pattern and a variety of holiday fabrics to create her gorgeous ugly sweater dress.

Looking for some fun Christmas fabric to get your ugly sweater sewing project started check out these fun prints from my fabric shop.
Cowboy Santa cotton lycra
Christmas Fun cotton lyca

Flamingo Ornaments double brushed poly

Thinking of going with a more traditional sweater look I’ve got a great selections to choose form.

I made this one for our very first ugly sweater challenge back in 2019. It is still my go-to Christmas attire for all the seasonal parties and get togethers. I used the Dynamite Dolman mega wing style with asymmetrical off-the-shoulder neckline as the base, then added the western gingerbread applique & embellished it with fun extras I found at my local Hobby Lobby.

The appliques I used here were designed and digitized by me and are FREE to download. You’ll find the files below and details on how-to use them on my YouTube channel. This year, time permitting, I’d like to offer another FREE applique design and I want to here your ideas and suggestions. If I choose to use YOUR suggestion for our next FREEBIE design, YOU could WIN a $20 shop credit! – – My holiday schedule is rather full, so if I don’t have time to create your idea, I might use it next year, in which case, you would still win the prize.

If you’d like to submit an idea for an “ugly sweater” applique design all you need to do is comment on this blog post. Make sure you use your real email address, (no one sees it except me) so I can send you your winnings if I should pick your design.

Download the FREE appliqué files below to get you started on your ugly sweater project, and feel free to add your own special twist. Creativity and uniqueness is the key to showcasing your individuality.

FREE Christmas Western Gingerbread Applique’

FREE Christmas Gnome Applique’

How to use & create hand-cut appliques without an embroidery machine

How to submit your “Ugly Sweater” entry

  • Upload to the album in my Facebook group
  • Upload to the album in my MeWe group
  • Tag me on Instagram
  • Email me, Jenn@LittleRagamuffin.com your photo entry. Use the subject “Ugly Sweater.”

*The Facebook and MeWe albums will be available December 10, 2022

Two winners will be selected from all the entries. One will be picked at random using the wheel of names a random name picker, and the other winner will be voted on by our Ragamuffin community. I will upload all the photo entries into a google form where it will be shared on social media, as well as sent out in our newsletter for voting.

What could you win?

Both winners will receive:

  • A super awesome prize pack from my Edna prize box (I have a ton of hard to find Edna Mode collectables ready to find a new home)
  • 3 yard mystery fabric pack
  • $50 shop credit to use as they wish on anything they wish (not valid for shipping expense)

Voting rules & guidelines

  • One vote per person
  • Please refrain from voter fraud (keep all voting to our online sewing community only)
    illegitimate/ fake votes may result in disqualification
  • You may share your work anywhere it’s allowed in order to gain more votes, but please
    keep all sharing to the online sewing community only– example: sharing in a yard sale group to ask for votes is no bueno
  • You may NOT vote for yourself

All entries must be submitted before 11:59pm PST January 5, 2023. Voting will begin January 6. The winners will be announced January 11, 2023.

Now, who’s ready to sew some super awesome ugly sweaters this holiday season?

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