You will need:
- Red felt remnant
- White felt remnant
- Red sewing thread
- White sewing thread
- Cardigan or sweater
- Freezer paper (optional)
- Disappearing ink pen
First I sketched out heart shapes on freezer paper, ironed it to adhere to the red felt, and cut out the shapes. The diamonds and small hearts I cut freehand. The 'cards' are rectangles of white felt about 2 1/4" x 3 1/4" (slightly smaller than a real playing card), with the corners rounded off.
You need as many large shapes as the numbers you plan, plus two tiny ones for each card (only one if the corner will be covered).
I drew the numbers and 'A's in the corners with a disappearing ink pen, then embroidered over the lines with backstitch, using a triple thickness of thread.
The shapes are attached to the cards using a simple running stitch.
As I didn't have a cardigan suitable for embellishing I bought this inexpensive cotton knit from New Look. The original features two appliques on the front, but because of the deep V-neckline of the cardigan there was only room for one, at the waist, so I placed the other on the sleeve.
Photos by Matin. Post-processing courtesy of Lo-Fi App.