Thursday, January 30, 2014

Valentine's Argyle Sweater - a tutorial

Valentine's Day is almost here! and here is a cute way to make a plain old sweatshirt look special for the day. Argyle with HEARTS!

It is pretty easy to do...and FAST. You can put this on a sweatshirt you make yourself (that is what I did, and I think it is a bit easier since there is no back to wrestle with on the machine), or add this to an already done sweater. **This would look super cute on the back of a cardigan too!

Here is what you need:
Download the pattern and template here
small bits of felt
embroidery thread

Here is what you do:

Cut out 5 hearts using the pattern. (if you don't want to use the template I am also including the measurements for the layout, so you can just cut out hearts that measure approx. 2" x 2" )

Now take your sweatshirt front (or back, or wherever you want to put the argyle) and find the center. Draw the center line with a fabric marker or chalk. Now you can use the template and transfer the marks onto the shirt, OR you can draw the following lines on your shirt to make sure the hearts are evenly placed

Take your hearts and place one along the center line, take the others and place them centered on each 2" mark on either side, switching their directions. you can sew around them with a straight stitch or a zigzag stitch

take a ruler and draw diagonal lines between the 1" marks you made between the hearts. draw lines in both directions

Now you can either use a thick thread in you machine and sew over the lines, or you can use embroidery thread and sew a straight stitch by hand (I like the look of the embroidery thread, and found that the thread on my machine did not stand out enough, but it really depends on what thread you are using and the look you want)

Done! , now you can finish your sweatshirt as directed or wear if you used an already done peice! 
easy peasy

Happy Valentine's day



  1. Very sweet! Will be trying this tonight Christine!


  2. I love it! I'm going to try this asap - thanks for the tutorial!

  3. This jumper looks so classy and cute! Love it.

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