HOW TO MAKE… AN APPLIQUÉ JUMPER
MATERIALS Q Grey sweatshirt Q Red fleece fabric, 27 x 20cm (105/ x 77/ 8") 8 Q Fusible web, 24 x 20cm (9 x 77/ 8") Q Matching sewing thread Q Tracing paper
Sassy slogan tee meets Christmas jumper – what’s not to like? This casual sweatshirt is low-key jolly, entering into the festive spirit without going out-and-out kitsch.
If you’ve never tried appliqué before, take it slowly – the fusible web keeps the letters in place for you, meaning you’ll just need to carefully trace around them using the sewing machine.
Using the templates on page 96, trace around each letter. Turn the paper over so the letters are reversed, then place the fusible web on top, paper side up. Trace around the letters again, then place the fusible web onto the wrong side of the fleece fabric, paper side up. Press in place, following the manufacturer’s instructions, then cut out each letter.
Place the sweatshirt right side (RS) up on an ironing board. Mark a point 10cm (4") down from the sweatshirt neckline, and centrally across the width of the jumper. Position the letters onto the jumper, RS up, and aligning the top of the top line with the 10cm (4") point. Use the point to centre the letters, and refer to the template for spacing and positioning.
Once you’re happy with the placement, remove a letter, peel off the paper backing, and put it back in place. Pin, then repeat with the remaining letters. Using a thin cloth to protect the fleece fabric, press the letters firmly in place, removing the pins as you go.
Set the stitch length of the sewing machine somewhere between 1.5mm and 2mm to achieve a close zigzag stitch, with a width of between 1mm and 3mm – practise on scrap fabric first to make sure the setting is correct. Carefully stitch around the first letter – when you’re stitching corners, manually place the needle right at the corner, in the sweatshirt. Lift the presser foot, pivot the fabric until it’s aligned, then begin stitching again. When stitching gradual curves, stitch slowly around them, easing the fabric as you go, to achieve a smooth line of stitches.
Repeat to secure the rest of the letters in place, making sure you sew around the inner borders as well as the outer on the O and D. Trim any stray threads to finish.
Rebecca Reid From running her own soft furnishings business to working on Simply Sewing magazine as Technical Editor, Rebecca has a wealth of sewing experience – visit her Instagram @sosobecs. www.simplysewingmag.com