Thursday, April 28, 2011

{Applique Week} The "Let's Go To Vegas" Cardigan

Inspired by Suse's sweaters I decided I wanted to applique a cardigan with playing cards!

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.


  1. This is such an excellent idea! I love it!!!

  2. Such an adorable design! Your embroidery is really good too!
    From Carys of La Ville Inconnue

  3. Loving it as well I always collect cards and have some mugs with card faces on them too

  4. Really inspirational, as always!!!!

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    O __ O Stunning Charlotte! Your whole outfit is gorgeous and I never thought I'd like appliqué, but your top is super cute!

    bonita of Depict This!
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  6. So simple! I love just how creative you are :)

  7. Oh my goodness! This is briliant--I love the idea of playing card appliques. Guess I'm picking up some freezer paper this weekend. ;)hehe!

    - Casey

  8. Oh, how have I not found your blog till now!?! What a wonderful tutorial just love the playing cards!! Thanks for sharing!

  9. So cute! This is a really tempting idea for my upcoming Vegas trip.

  10. That is fabulous, I am inspired to do something similar now! x

  11. This is such an adorable idea, thank you so much for sharing!

  12. this jumper is AMAZING! How adorable are those little playing cards? xxx

  13. Of the ones you showed in your last post, the one with the playing cards was my favourite - and your take is seriously cute!

  14. What a great idea! Love the cards so much! Your so pretty Holley! Glad I stop by. Thanks for the inspiration. I'll follow your blog.

  15. I have an original of this is a bit more detailed than your friends with picture playing cards on it too...beautiful! Jirral

  16. Just love this cardigan of yours ! I love it so much, that the greedy visual-data gnome in me wants more! Thanks for sharing !


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