Last winter I posted this photo of myself and the sweater I made for a Christmas party with the title 'This is the best thing I've ever made. It's over guys, I've peaked.' And it seemed the internet agreed. The photos reached the front page of Reddit and Imgur and were featured on other big sites such as Funnyordie, The Chive and Buzzfeed. I was swamped with so many emails and messages asking if I could make one or print one for them, but it was much too late into December for me to be able to finish even just one more. So I vowed the next year I would make it happen.
Due to being a starving artist I decided to start a Kickstarter this year to help fund getting the sweaters created and sent out to all the people who were begging me for one last year.
Now for the Rewards!
Pledge $40 and you'll receive a Hail Santa printed crewneck sweatshirt. Here's a mock-up of what the finished sweaters will look like.
Printed on Gildan sweatshirts, in your choice of Dark Green or Black.
Sizes ranging from S-3XL. Sizes, color choices and mailing addresses will be collected once the project is successfully funded.
Sizing chart here:
For smaller rewards, pledge $4 or more and receive a pack of 1 inch buttons! Four random Love & a Sandwich monster buttons and one Hail Santa button. Buttons received are chosen at random and won't necessarily be these four, but every pack will have a Santa pin.
Pledge $7 or more and receive a printed 5 x 5" canvas Hail Santa patch on a black background. Mock-up pictured here.
Discounts are offered for purchasing multiple items! Check the rewards list if you want more than one item to get a discount on the items and shipping.
Pledge $130 or more and receive a handmade Hail Santa sweater appliqued onto a gray knit sweater. Finished product will be a normal sized unisex sweater, not a cropped sweater like my original.
Unfortunately I can only offer four handmade sweaters as they are super tedious and time consuming. Each sweater will be appliqued onto gray knit sweaters and I can only make them in sizes S-L. Check the chart above for sizing. Size choice and mailing address will be collected once the project is successfully funded!
This is my original illustration and pattern for the hand-sewn sweater. His face and hat and all details are painstakingly hand-sewn with felt. His beard is soft and 3 dimensional because I used a short faux fur for it, and the end of his hat is a bundle of little pom poms.
Process photo of the handmade sweater. Please note that if you decide to purchase one of the handmade sweaters that they SHOULD NOT be put in the wash. Spot clean only.
Once the Kickstarter has ended I'll place the order for the amount of sweaters/patches needed. It will take about 10 days from the end of the Kickstarter for the printed items to be shipped to me so I can begin to package them and start sending all the orders out.
Handsewn sweaters will be started after the blank sweaters arrive within 3-5 days after the Kickstarter is over. If everything goes well I will have all pledges out by the first week of December, as early into December as I possibly can.
For orders of Sweaters, both printed and handsewn:
US: 2-3 Days (Will be shipped Priority mail with tracking)
International: 6-10 days depending on location (Cannot offer Priority or tracking sadly)
For smaller orders of buttons/patches:
US: 3-5 days (Will be shipped First class with tracking)
International: 6-10 days depending on location
All orders shipped via USPS
Thank you so much to everyone who pledges, I'm super excited to potentially be making this sweatshirt project a reality!
Risks and challenges
Please keep in mind that I am only one person trying to fulfill these rewards!
I limited the amount of handsewn sweaters to four to ensure I could get them all finished and out in time for everyones Christmas parties. I also kept the Kickstarter timeline very short to make sure I had ample time to make, order, and ship all items as soon as possible.
Once the project has been successfully funded and the time has ended I will still have to wait for the printed items (Sweatshirts, patches, buttons) to be made for me based on how many were ordered. It will be about 10 days after the Kickstarter has ended before I will be able to start shipping them out. Please note that this part is out of my hands and I will work as fast as I can to get the rewards shipped out to each individual person since this is a holiday themed product.
It's very important to me that these arrive in a timely fashion especially for international orders since they take a much more significant amount of time to be shipped.
- (14 days)