Abilities (or lack of) should never get in the way of creating something handmade. Instead of fretting that you can't knit a sweater or sew a dress for your kid, you should embrace the simple things that can be done to turn store-bought clothing into something sorta handmade and a whole lot special. Here's a simple tutorial on how to turn a simple $12 store-bought sweater from Target into a sweater with much more personality.
- Plain sweater
- Fabric -- a 1/4 yard should be sufficient
- Fusible interfacing
- Button or supplies to make your own fabric-covered button
Sewing machine (optional)
First, find the perfect sweater to embellish. I absolutely love this toddler's cream sweater that I found at Target for $12.99, but really any simple sweater should do the job.
Attach the fusible interfacing based on manufacturer's instructions. Then, fold over the top of the pocket on the dotted line. Either hand stitch or machine-stitch to secure the fold.
Place the pockets where you'd like them to be on the sweater. Pin them to the sweater making sure not to pin to the backside of the sweater.
If you have a sewing machine, stitch to secure to sweater. I used a zig-zag stitch to make the stitching a bit more secure and ornamental. If you don't have a sewing machine, a blanket stitch would probably do the trick.
Next, it's time to make the flower. Since I'm a big fan of not reinventing the wheel, I found this fabric flower tutorial over at Wise Craft. Follow the instructions over there to make your fabric and when you're done come back here. One note: if you want to sew the flower directly onto your sweater, skip the step to attach the pin.
After making the flower, I cut two pieces of green felt for the leaves of the flower. Stitch the leaves onto the flower
Next, you're going to attach the flower to the sweater. Simply handstich onto the sweater until it feels secure. Tie a knot to prevent the thread from coming undone and then snip.
Finally, if you're using a sewing machine you may have noticed that there are all sorts of decorative stitches that you've probably never used. I picked a little star/flower stitch and sewed across the bottom of the sweater. This step is optional.
And that's it. These are simple touches that should take no more than 30 minutes to complete.