Letterman style is here, there, and everywhere this season! From sweatshirts, to sweaters and cardigans, the letterman trend isn’t just reserved for the football team and cheerleaders anymore. Recently, while strolling through Forever 21, I saw loads of letter marked outerwear but couldn’t find one with my letter on it. That is when I thought, I can make that! I decided to put a festive holiday twist on it and incorporate the sequin trend for a sparkly monogram sweater. Maybe while the guys are watching the big game, you and the gals can get your DIY game on with this fun personalized sparkly sweater!
What You Need: 1 of 11
Sweater- bought mine at Target $11.99
Felt- found at Joann
Iron on Adhesive Tape - purchase at Walmart
Template Letter- Print a letter in font of choice, I used BEBAS. I used photoshop and stretched it to fit the entire size of the paper (8.5 X 11), but you could use Word and make it as large as the document size. Print and cut it out
Stretch Sequin Trim — Found mine at Joann's and had it cut by the yard. I got a yard and half. If the letter you are creating has a lot of curves go with the thinner trim, as it's easier to coax around the curves, and double it up for width. If you have no curbs go for the wider trim!
Sewing Machine — Though you will use the adhesive tape to hold the trim in place, you will want to sew this one for longevity.
Pins — For keeping your template in place
Iron — To seal adhesive
Step 1: Make the Letter Template 2 of 11
Print a letter in font of choice, I used BEBAS. I used photoshop and stretched it to fit the entire size of the paper (8.5 X 11), but you could use Word and make it as large as the document size. Print and cut it out.
Step 2: Pin and Cut 3 of 11
Pin the paper letter template to your felt and then cut it out.
Step 3: Measure and Cut the Sequins 4 of 11
Give yourself a little extra for the curves if your letter has 'em.
Step 4: Add Adhesive Tape 5 of 11
Measure and cut your adhesive tape and line the back of your sequin strips. Use warm iron over tape BEFORE REMOVING THE PAPER!
Step 5: Add Sequins to the Felt Letter 6 of 11
Remove the paper from the adhesive tape and start applying your sequins to the felt. Because my letter has curves, I used the thinner trim and laid them side by side to fit the width of the letter. The curves will take some manipulating to get the perfect effect. If you have no curves, use the larger width trim. When I finished, I flipped the letter over and applied the iron to the backside in order to allow the heat to seal the adhesive to the felt.
Check it Out Thus Far 7 of 11
When you finished assembling your letter, it should look like this. Don't worry if the corners curl up a bit. When you apply it to the sweater, that will help to flatten it out.
Step 6: Add Adhesive Tape to the Back of the Letter 8 of 11
Don't forget to run the warm iron over it before removing the paper. It's one of the most important steps!
Step 7: Apply Letter to Sweater 9 of 11
Once you've assembled your letter, remove the adhesive tape from the back, then center and apply the letter to the sweater. Using a bit of pressure, flatten it out as you are sticking it to the sweater. Carefully flip the sweater inside out and use the warm iron to heat and seal the adhesive. Almost done!
Step 8: Sew 10 of 11
Now that the letter is held in place by the adhesive, slide the front part of the sweater over the sewing machine arm and sew around the edge of the felt, be careful to not sew the front and back of the sweater together! Seems obvious, but just in case! Then sew the edge of the sequin trim to secure it. Doing this last step will ensure that you will get lots of wear out of this sweater with out it falling apart!
You Did It! 11 of 11
Hooray! You've just made yourself your very own sequin monogram sweater! Quite darling isn't it?!
Photos by Priscilla Chang