Lovely appliqué cardigan tutorial
- Take a plain sweater, preferably cotton, that needs a little something extra to make it interesting! This is an old one from Target.
- Use a fabric that goes well in color and style. The pinks in the print are close to the pink in the sweater, and it's a fresh summery print for the lightweight cotton sweater. I have this darling vintage cotton print that I got from somewhere ages ago, probably Goodwill Outlet but I don't remember. The apple and cherry print cracks me up--pretty sure they're not both in season at the same time, but... okay...
- Carefully, with sharp, sharp small scissors, cut around the design you're going to use leaving 1/4"-1/2" extra fabric that we'll turn under. If the design is simple, with few bends and curves, I'd use closer to 1/2" than I did. Add little clips toward the design on all of the curved edges, so you don't get wrinkling when you turn under.
- Carefully press under the fabric 1/4"-1/2", whichever you used when cutting. You may have to add some clips on the curves and the indents to make it lay flat.
- Position and pin the design on your sweater where you think you'll want it. I didn't get too creative; I just stuck it where the Anthro sweater had a design, but you could use this technique on the hip of the sweater, or on the shoulder... wherever!
- Carefully whipstitch the design down, making sure to keep all sides of the design flat so it doesn't pucker when it's done. I caught about three threads of the appliqué with each stitch, so my sewing just barely shows on the top.