I've been seeing these J.Crew and this Old Navy sweaters everywhere recently but seeing as I can't really justifying that much for just a sweater/shipping I thought I would take a leaf out of the many DIYs out there (google them - there are many - so the credit for this idea goes to all of them!) and exhaust my creativity my attempting to make one myself for a considerably cheaper price! I like how mine turned out so I thought I'd share my experience with you..
So, what you're gonna need:
- A plain sweater
- A sheet of felt
- A heart template (obs gonna need a laptop and printer for this too :P)
- Some scissors
- A sharpie
- A few paperclips (or tape - basically anything to hold the template in place whilst you're cutting)
- Some fusible web (steam-a-seam USA-wise)
- An iron
First things first - there was no way my drawing talents were gonna be good enough to draw a heart freehand so decided to enlarge a clip art heart (in Word) to fit on an A4 piece of paper and print it off as a template - issue avoided easy!
I ended up buying three sheets of felt because they were on 3 for 2 in the shop - these literally cost me like £1!
I then cut out the inside of the template (definitely the most fiddly bit!)...
... then paperclipped it onto the felt to hold it in place
Next I drew around the template using my trusty sharpie and cut the felt heart out - can I recommend using proper craft scissors for this step because it was ridiculously annoying trying to cut felt with normal scissors!
I finally found some iron on webbing stuff (side note: I'd been looking in this same craft shop for this stuff in the middle of the summer to make a monogrammed pocket tee but the woman working in their was adamant that she didn't have a clue what I was talking about and they didn't sell it - I somehow think she was mistaken) - again this wasn't too expensive; only a few pounds.
I cut out the heart again out of the fusible web stuff this time and placed it in the middle of my sweater. A great tip that Ma showed me to make sure it's central is by folding the sweater in half and ironing a crease down the fold thus giving you a central line - this never occurred to me!
I then laid the felt heart on top of the web, placed a towel on top (because I was worried in case the felt became all shiny with the heat) and ironed it - et voila!...
...the finished product! I can't believe this actually worked! I love how the mustard and crimson look together - such autumnal colours! And it's great how I've managed to avoid throwing this sweater away (which I was going to do before because I've worn it so much I was sick of wearing it!) and have upcyled it!
I had another sweater in the same style that was going to end up being thrown away but this time in a purple colour so I decided to add a heart to this one too...
...I used cream coloured felt this time and again I love how the colour contrast looks!
I'm so pleased with how easy this craft was yet how great it turned out! I am definitely thinking of getting some other sweaters and felt and customising them! I'm thinking a star (or a few stars) or music notes would look cute? Watch this space! :P
Have you got the J.Crew or Old Navy sweater? Would you have a go at this DIY - lemme know in the comments :)