DIY Floral Applique Cardigan for Spring

4.11.2012

DIY Floral Applique Cardigan for SpringI’m so glad that Spring is finally here in all its glory – and floral items are on the top of my must-wear list for the season.  But I couldn’t find any chic floral prints that I liked – and that were actually affordable – and so set out to make my own.  Applique is the name of the game – and is super-simple to do if you have an iron, a pair of scissors, and a little patience!  DIY Floral Applique Cardigan for SpringMake your own on-trend lightweight layer for Spring by jazzing up an old piece from your closet (or thrifted – mine was $2.99 from the local Goodwill!) – and infuse your days with a little flowery fun.  Here’s how…

Materials:
DIY Floral Applique Cardigan for Spring

cardigan or shirt that has little stretch /  floral fabric with large-sized flowers / Heat n Bond for appliques

Tools: fabric scissors / iron / ironing board / pins

DIY Floral Applique Cardigan for Spring1. Cut around the flowers you want to use for your cardigan.  Just roughly; we’ll cut the details later.  (Cut more flowers than you think you’ll need!)

DIY Floral Applique Cardigan for Spring2. Following the directions on the Heat n Bond, fuse the undersides of the flowers to one side of the Heat n Bond with the iron.DIY Floral Applique Cardigan for Spring

DIY Floral Applique Cardigan for Spring3. Peel away the flowers from the paper backing.  They should all have the sticky Heat n Bond stuck to the undersides.  (If they don’t, re-fuse or use another area of the Heat n Bond.)

DIY Floral Applique Cardigan for Spring4. Use the scissors to cut close to the edges of the flowers, delineating the details and shapes.DIY Floral Applique Cardigan for Spring
DIY Floral Applique Cardigan for Spring5. Lay your cardigan flat and choose the placement of your flowers.  I chose to create a repeating pattern down the front of my cardigan, and then pinned the flowers in place.

DIY Floral Applique Cardigan for Spring6. Use the iron and follow the directions on the Heat n Bond to fuse the flowers in place on your cardigan.  DIY Floral Applique Cardigan for SpringLeave the seams and edges for last, and either wrap the flowers onto the undersides of the edges and fuse them there, or cut at the edges and fuse.  Shift the cardigan so you can properly fuse the flowers across seams or joins.

DIY Floral Applique Cardigan for Spring DIY Floral Applique Cardigan for SpringDIY Floral Applique Cardigan for SpringDIY Floral Applique Cardigan for Spring
And that’s it!  For the ultimate floral explosion, wear with other flower-patterned items – and for a sweet Springy piece, pair with pastels and neutrals to celebrate the return of warmer temperatures!DIY Floral Applique Cardigan for Spring

Happy DIY’ing!
xoxox
Carly

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9 Comments on DIY Floral Applique Cardigan for Spring

  1. Emme
    4.12.2012 at 3:13 am (2 years ago)

    How serendipitous! I just posted a link to a shirt that I would like to recreate except I had no idea how to handle the floral pattern. You’ve solved my problem! Thanks so much!

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  2. donner
    4.12.2012 at 7:41 am (2 years ago)

    love it! I don’t wear many cardigans here in Texas, but I like the idea of fusing appliques onto boring clothing…I go thrifting all the time, so finding a base piece is easy…I need to go to the fabric store and find some pretty prints…yeehaw!
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  3. Linda
    4.12.2012 at 12:22 pm (2 years ago)

    OMG! I really wanted to do something similar, just couldn’t get fabrics with flowers which I liked enough. And I wanted to improve a blouse. Nice!

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  4. Rebecca
    5.03.2012 at 9:27 am (2 years ago)

    I love the idea. How does it wash? Do the appliqués stay without a stitch to secure it?

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