Embroidered Cat Sweater
HERE’S WHAT YOU’LL NEED:
- A sweater. Grab one from your closet, your favorite store, or the thrift store. Any kind of fabric will work with embroidery, but I chose a fine knit sweater I had hanging in my closet.
- Embroidery supplies. Most importantly, an embroidery or upholstery needle and scissors. You can get fancier if you want with an embroidery loom or fancy water-dissolving paper to apply your stencil to, rather than the fabric itself.
- Embroidery thread
- Exacto knife and cutting matt
- Printer and paper
Print out a cat face template or draw your own cat face onto some paper. Since I’m a graphic designer myself, I created an illustration on my computer and printed it out.
Use your exacto knife to cut out all the black parts of the image. If you print out a more detailed image, it might help to trace over it to create an image that only consists of simple lines.
Place your completed stencil over your sweater and trace the lines onto the fabric. I did not have any kind of fabric marker on hand, so I just used a light-colored pen. You can also buy some fancy embroidery water-dissolving paper that you can trace your stencil on to, then embroider over your actual fabric. Once you go to wash your sweater, the paper will dissolve away.
NOTE: You probably should not machine wash your completed sweater.
Backstitch around the entire stencil, outlining the eyes and nose as well as all other parts of the face. Check out the video for a quick illustration of how to start your backstitch.
Finish by filling the eyes and nose with a satin stitch. That’s just a fancy name for a really long stitch that starts at one side of the eye or nose, and goes back down at the other side; filling in the space stitch-by-stitch, line-by-line.
You can download the cat face I used for this video here.