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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.sim­pl­y­sewing­

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