Cute Christmas Handmade Sweater Tutorial

by Josie Day

Cute Christmas Handmade Sweater Tutorial

Step 1

Crop the little penguin from the Snowgirl Digi. Then enlarge to fit the front of your chosen sweater and print out.

Step 2

Trace the penguin onto Bondaweb creating separate pieces for the main body section, white body section, feet, eyes and beak. I simplified the face slightly with a little triangle for his beak and two ovals for the eyes. Fuse onto your fabric pieces and then into position on your sweater front.

Step 3

Machine around the applique pieces in black thread, making sure you don’t catch in the back of the sweater! Go around each piece at least twice to give the embroidery a ‘sketch-like’ feel. Don’t worry if your sewing is a bit wobbly as this adds to the overall effect of raw edge applique!

Step 4

I then decided I wanted my penguin to be a girl, so I simply used a red pencil to give ‘her’ some rosy cheeks!

Step 5

Neaten any loose threads on the appliqué back and give it a quick press, then wear your handmade Christmas sweater with pride!

Products Mentioned

  • Coats Moon Spun Polyester Sewing Thread 1000yds - Black
  • Faber-Castell Polychromos Artists' Pencil - Scarlet Red #118
  • Kim's Digital Stamp - Frosty Snowgirl
  • Vilene Bondaweb 329 Double Sided Fusible Facing - 1m x 45cm wide

Josie Day

Hi, I’m Josie, I live in the North East of England with my husband, two children and a very naughty cat. I enjoy all things creative, but my first love is sewing, especially appliqué. I'm frequently published in UK craft magazines and you can also get loads more free tutorials over at my blog sewforsoul.