I’m about to bring you back to your middle school days, more specifically…Spirit Week. Did you ever make t-shirts with puffy paint? You know, the kind where all of your super cool friends get one letter of the school mascot (T-I-G-E-R-S) and then you all stand together in the bleachers. Don’t worry, today’s sweater is much better. Dare I say, classy.
- Puffy Paint
- Hand Sewing Needles
- Thread (matching sweatshirt)
- Fabric scissors
- Washable Fabric Marker (optional)
- Jingle Bell(s)
- If you have any semblance of a steady hand, then this step is probably unnecessary. I can’t draw a straight line to save my life, much less write without sloping down a steep hill. If you’re in that club, take your fabric marker and write out “falalala” (three La’s). You can write it out in “stitches”, meaning small lines to make up the overall letters, or you can write in script as normal.
- Now the hard part. Get that puffy paint out and practice! I did a few “stitches” on some paper to see how much pressure to use (not much) and how to make the writing look smooth. After you've practiced, go over your marked lines until you’ve completed the words.
- If you did stitches, some of your stitches may have run together if they were too close. It happens. Just take a toothpick and scrape between the marks to remove any unwanted paint. Make sure the paint is still wet when you do this.
- Let the sweatshirt dry FLAT for 4 hours. Don’t leave it hanging over a chair, because it could run or cause the paint to dry bumpy.
- I didn’t want to annoy the people around me too much, so I opted for a single jingle bell at the end of my “falalala” stitches. Seriously, who can resist a jingle bell?
- To sew on the bell, bring up your threaded needle through the underside of the sweatshirt. Don’t forget to tie a good knot!
- String your jingle bell onto the needle and do 3-5 stitches to secure it. Do them loosely if you want the bell to hang down a little.
- I saved the cutouts for last so that you would leave yourself plenty of space to write. Using your fabric marker, mark the center of the neckline and then 1 ½ inches on either side. This will be the part you leave attached.
- Make markings 1 ½ -2 inches from the shoulder seam. Connect the outer two lines in the center to the shoulder line on the same side. Curve this line, sort of like a slanted “J”.
- Cut out the fabric between your marks, leaving the collar intact. Make a little snip in the center of the fabric you plan to cut out, don’t go in through the collar!
- You can always cut more, but you can’t add back fabric. So, be conservative with your first cut.
- Wear to your next holiday party!
Look out for the extra post on Sunday on how to style this same sweatshirt for a more formal look. I promise, you'll be amazed.
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