Thursday, 7 June 2012

Kitty Cat Jumper DIY

A while ago I came across a picture on tumblr (follow me on tumblr here) that I fell in love with.  Someones DIY kitty sweatshirt.  I had to make my own. 

I have photographed my effort, and shown how I went about it.  I have another knitted jumper to work on next, it's going to be teapot themed (what a surprise!)

My finished jumper
What you will need:
  1. A jumper/sweatshirt/cardigan/t-shirt that you want to make pretty
  2. Some nice fabric
  3. Tracing paper or Bondaweb
  4. A picture or template to base your design on
  5. Needle, thread and pins

Step 1:
I used Bondaweb to stiffen up rather floppy fabric, but you can just use tracing paper to transfer your design.  Trace your design on to desired paper.  I traced it straight off the computer screen.  I like short cuts!

Trace your design

Step 2:
Transfer the design on to your chosen fabric.
I ironed the Bondaweb on to the fabric, then cut round the pencil line.  I used an old t-shirt I never wear for the fabric.  You don't have to spend a lot, use something lying round!

Kitty design
T-shirt I'm using as fabric

Ironed on

Fabric cut into shape

Step 3:
Prepare your item of clothing and pin the design in place.
I'm using a jumper (originally from Next) that I found in a charity shop. 
After pinning the design down, try on the jumper.  It can look totally different when your body is inside the clothing.  I changed mine a few times before I got it perfect.

Then sew down the design.

Thrifted jumper

Nice button detail on the back

Step 4:
Decide if your jumper needs anything else.
I decided to add some elbow pads to mine.  Annoyingly I'd ran out of Bondaweb, so it wasn't as easy to sew down.

Elbow pads

Step 5:
Show off what you've made!