Make Your Own Christmas Dress From an Old Top & a Festive Tablecloth

6 Materials
30 Minutes

Every year I like to share some really creative upcycle tutorials, and this year is no different! Today I will teach you how to make your own Christmas dress, This tutorial is so easy and at-home friendly! I am mostly using things that most people just have around their house.

Tools and materials:

  • Festive round tablecloth
  • Sweater or top
  • Fabric decorations 
  • Scissors
  • Sewing machine
  • Pins
Folding the festive round tablecloth in half

1. Fold the table cloth

Fold a festive circular table cloth in half as evenly as possible. Don’t worry if the hems aren’t perfectly lined up though.

Triangle shape at the top of the tablecloth

Fold the tablecloth in half again. This time you should have four layers and a triangle shape at the top. 

Measuring the waist for the dress

2. Measure the waist

Fold your sweater of choice in half and line up the bottom with the top of the table cloth so that the edges of the shirt are lined up as best as possible.

Mark it with a pin for cutting.

I measure out the waist by this method because I don’t want things to be too complicated by measuring the circumference of my waist and then the material.

Cutting a waist hole for the tablecloth skirt

3. Cut

Cut the tablecloth along the pins. 

Making a DIY Christmas dress

4. Try on the tablecloth skirt

Open up the tablecloth and step into it, making sure it can fit over your hips and bust. If it is too small, you can chop off a little bit more. 

I cut mine a little too much, but that’s okay, I’ll work it out in the end. 

Lining up the edges of the skirt and top

5. Line up the hems

Flip your top inside out and slide it over top of the tablecloth with right sides facing and the hem of the top lined up with the hole of the tablecloth. 

How to make a Christmas dress at home

6. Sew it up

Once the bottom of the sweater is lined up with the hem of the tablecloth hole, sew it up with a tight, wide zigzag stitch. 

Flipping the dress right sides out

7. Adjust the dress

Flip the dress right side out. 

Decorating the DIY Christmas dress

8. Add the decorations

Lay out where you want to stitch on the festive fabric decorations, then stitch them on. 

Making a DIY Christmas necktie belt

9. Make a belt (optional)

I also made a festive belt by sewing two holiday-themed neckties together. You can get the full instructions for that by reading my Easy Upcycled Necktie Wrap Belt Tutorial.

Make your own Christmas dress

Make your own Christmas dress tutorial

Here is the finished Christmas dress! This Christmas dress DIY is so easy and festive. You can decorate and accessorize as creatively as you want. I styled this DIY Christmas dress with the necktie belt, a sparkly red beret, and funky socks! 

Let me know in the comments how your Christmas dress turns out. 

Suggested materials:
  • Festive round tablecloth
  • Sweater or top
  • Fabric decorations
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