I was dying to buy this panda sweater from Miss Selfridge because it was on sale for 30% off a few months ago (December?) but the last one wasn’t my size! boohoohoo ~ So I decided to make one myself :D
New motto in life : If you can’t have / buy it, make it yourself!
Luckily, I got this pretty knitted sweater at 50% off from Forever21 ! :D It only cost me around P600.
You’ll also need a needle (preferably the one you use for cross stitching or the next smaller size)
…and some knitting / crochet thread.
Oh, and a roll of double sided tape.
I replicated the panda face using Adobe Illustrator and printed it out on an A4 paper since my sweater size is XS.
* Note that this is not the exact placement of the panda features. You can print out the ears, eyes, and mouth separately if you want a bigger face / using a bigger sweater size.
Here’s the template you can print out :)
Cut out as carefully as you can !
You can use a craft knife for the hard to cut parts~ (National Bookstore)
After cutting, place them on your sweater making sure they’re all aligned. Use a measuring tape (I used a shoelace cause I’m too lazy to look for my measuring tape~heehee).
Once you’re satisfied with your placements, use double sided tape to secure them in place.
Now you can start stitching the outlines using the basic back stitch~
Image and description from Maurer Stroh
“Bring the thread out at the right-hand side. Take a backward stitch over the required number of threads, bringing the needle out the same number of stitches in front of the place where the thread first emerged. Continue in this way, working from right to left in the required direction.
Remember that odd numbers come from the back of the fabric to the front and even numbers are inserted into the fabric. The actual positions of these numbers will vary from projec to project. This is just an example.”
Surprise, surprise! I’m not exactly brilliant at sewing. Good enough! Please be very careful not to pull the string too tight because your cloth will get all wrinkly and distorted.
Outlines done! :)
If you want an easier way out of this, you can use fabric paint to fill in the insides. If not, then proceed to the next step :D
Now you have to sew more! ahhhh!
Image from Maurer Stroh
Sew/embroider using the satin stitch. This will take a while so you have to be very patient. Rest every once in a while to avoid back pains hehe :)
This literally took me 30 minutes! I thought I was dying /O.A
FINAL PRODUCT!!! Not the best at sewing but…close enough! :)
Tell me what you think :) Comments, likes, and re-blogs are always appreciated!
PS: If you want black sleeves, you can dye it using fabric dye (powder) but it’ll be quite risky :) Just be careful not to spill over :o
Kitty face sweater tutorial & template soon!!! :) Hope you enjoyed this tutorial !