Terry cloth, felt, or muslin
EZ Steam sheet or basting spray
Tea bags or fabric dye
Iron, ironing board
Sewing machine, thread, etc.
Paper and printer
I’ve always wanted one of the knit sweaters Mrs. Weasley gave Harry and Ron for Christmas. However, I can’t knit! AND I’ve made it my personal mission to be sustainable with my sewing and buying new items in general.
So, how can I make this sweater without spending a ton and buying new things? First, I searched for a navy blue sweater on some of my favorite secondhand shops…eBay, Mercari, Poshmark, and Thred-UP. I found the blue sweater on eBay for less than $15.
For the “H” I wanted something that looked worn and fuzzy, so I thought maybe a towel would work. I found a white dish towel in my stash, but even any old terry cloth rag you have would work if it’s white or off-white.
Measure the area on the front of your sweatshirt and determine how large you want the H to be.
Create an “H” template on your EZ steam sheet. You can print out an H and tape it to the sheet or trace it directly on the sheet from your computer screen.
For the “H”, I used a white terry cloth towel I had lying around in my fabric stash. Cut a piece of the terry cloth large enough to accommodate the H. Because I wanted the “H” to be off-white and look rustic, I decided to dye it with tea bags. You could make this H whatever color you want with fabric dye.
To dye with tea, I brought a large pot of water to a very soft boil with 4-6 tea bags. I let the fabric simmer about 15 minutes until it darkened to my liking. After carefully removing the fabric from the tea dye, I ran it under cool water until the tea was rinsed out. Then I threw it in the dryer!
Remove the backing of the sheet (side without the template) and finger press it to the terry cloth fabric. Make sure everything is smoothed out. Then cut out the H template cutting through the EZ steam sheet and the terry cloth.
Peel off the front of the EZ steam sheet (side with the template) revealing sticky part and hand press it to the front of your sweater. I placed mind approximately 4 inches below the collar.
For extra security, follow the directions for ironing lightly iron the H so it securely adheres to the sweater. You can skip this step if you used basting spray.
Topstitch, with a regular stitch length, along the edges of the H using a 1/4″ seam allowance. Take it slow around the curved edges. You may have to stop and adjust the fabric a few times when you’re going around the curves. When coming to the 90 degree corners, stop sewing and leave the needle down. Lift your presser foot and pivot the fabric, then continue sewing. This will give you crisp, clean stitched corners.
After topstitching, I dedcided 1/4 inch edges were too much for my liking so I trimmed them down to 1/8 inch. I rubbed the tip of closed scissors along the edges to give it a frayed look and removed any extra long strings.
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