Tools and materials:
- Zip-up sweater
- Embroidery thread
- Embroidery needle
- Seam ripper
- Washable pen
- Six small buttons
- Sewing machine
I found this old, boring sweater in a pile of clothes my mother was giving away, but I loved the color so much, I took it with the hopes of being able to upcycle it into something more interesting. Using a Zara sweater as inspiration, I will show you how I created a beautiful embellished sweater, which I absolutely love.
I used a scissors to remove the zipper from the sweater, taking care not to cut the knit of the sweater, so it would not unravel.
I tried to rip the seam along the collar, but it was time-consuming and difficult, and I ended up poking a hole in the sweater. So, I simply cut the collar off with scissors, knowing I would have to hem it later to prevent the knit from unraveling.
Using a washable pen, I drew the design I wanted to embroider onto my sweater.
I threaded my embroidery needle with my chosen color and made a double knot at the end. I started each stitch on the outer edge of the outline, and stitched into the middle, continuing in this manner until the section I was working on was completed.
I finished each section by drawing the thread through a loop in the back, securing it with a double knot, and cutting off the excess thread.
For the leaves, I used the same edge-to-center technique, but each stitch ends along the center line of the leaf, instead of each stitch ending at the same center point.
Using a straight stitch, I hemmed the neckline of the sweater where I had cut off the collar.
Once I hemmed the neckline, I tried it on and realized that it was a little too long for my taste. So I decided to cut some of the bottom edge off of the sweater, to make it more of a crop top that I could wear with high-waisted jeans. Using a ruler, I made a line across the sweater to mark where I would cut it.
I cut the sweater along the line I marked.
I hemmed the bottom of the sweater with a straight stitch.
I placed my buttons where I wanted them, and using a washable pen, I marked each point, as well as the points on the opposite side where the fasteners for the buttons would go.
I sewed each button on by hand, using the marks I made as my guide for placement.
Instead of buttonholes, I prepared six loops made of embroidery thread in the same color as the sweater, and sewed them into place by hand, using the marks I made as a guide.
Once the buttons and loops were sewn into place, I cut off any excess thread.
And here it is! I am so proud of this thrift flip. This embroidered sweater upcycle turned out better than I could have imagined! I think it’s the best one I’ve ever done, and I’m so happy I can share it with all of you. Please let me know what you think of this transformation!
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