Make This: Embroidered Fair Isle Sweater DIY

This contributor post was written by Michael Ann of Michael Ann MadeThis is Michael Ann’s first contributor post on papernstitch. She’ll be here every month to share a new diy project with you. Take it away Michael Ann…

Hello papernstitch readers!
I am so excited to be a contributor on papernstitch and can’t wait to share a fun DIY project with you every month!

This month I thought it would be fun to share a little fall fashion DIY – embroidering a plain old sweater with a bold fair isle print. This is a great project for a rainy evening, and is simple enough for even the most timid seamstresses.

Here are the materials you’ll need:

1. A sweater! I found this one for free in our laundry room free pile… Score.

2. Embroidery thread of whatever fun color you desire!

3. Embroidery hoop, needle, scissors, pencil for tracing the pattern.

4. A pattern. You can use the one I made by just saving and printing the photo below…

embroidered fair isle sweater diy

Here’s how you make it:

1. Trace your pattern onto your sweater. I used the old “window as a lightbox” technique, pinning the pattern to the backside of the sweater, holding the sweater up against the window during the day, and making a small dot with the pencil for every dot on the pattern.

2. Set up your embroidery hoop and start stitching! I stitched little V’s for every dot to mimic the look of a knitted sweater. Using little X’s for a cross stitch look could also be cute.

Once you stitch everything in the area, take off your hoop and move it around, stitching until you complete your design.

3. Step back and admire your work!

I love embroidering because it is such a simple way to really transform an item! This plain little sweater is now prepared for all the fun of fall.

Happy Stitching!

Michael Ann is a sewer, knitter, crafter, thrifter, living a crafty life with her husband in Portland, Oregon. You can find her at her blog Michael Ann Made where she shares projects, tutorials, and bits of inspiration to help you live a crafty life too. You can also follow her adventures on twitter.

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10 comments | Click here to reply

absolutely love this idea. Very cool.
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Felicity | November 2nd, 2011 at 12:43 pm

I love it when timeless classics, like Fair Isle in this case, are given new life by changing the technique. Fair Isle looks just as classic embroidered as it does knitted, but with a refreshing twist.

I’ve noticed a LOT of Fair Isle in fashion for this fall/winter season. No complaints, though, I love it!
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Anna | November 2nd, 2011 at 1:49 pm

Love this. Thank you for sharing.

Lindsay Jewell | November 2nd, 2011 at 6:13 pm

This is so great!! I love the classic feel of fair isle sweaters, but I’ve never been able to find one with colors that I would wear. I love that I could make my own and pick the palette to my liking… thanks for the tutorial!

Katherine | November 2nd, 2011 at 8:32 pm

Very cute! Thanks for the step by step instructions.
Makes it easy to just follow 🙂
All the best,
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Eren Mckay | November 4th, 2011 at 5:29 am

Super cute! LOVE!

LJ | November 4th, 2011 at 3:54 pm

I love it when timeless classics, like Fair Isle in this case, are given new life by changing the technique. Fair Isle looks just as classic embroidered as it does knitted, but with a refreshing twist. | 😛
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malunggay56 | November 7th, 2011 at 9:10 am

Thrilled to have you as a contributor Michael Ann. Love this! And the best part is, I can totally do this even though I have no skill when it comes to a needle and thread! 🙂

papernstitch | November 9th, 2011 at 3:30 pm

simple!….and very nice project!

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