cupid’s arrow sweater embellishment

02.06.12 | cupid's arrow tutorial
02.06.12 | cupid's arrow tutorial

I know Valentine’s Day is not on everyone’s “favorite holidays” list, but I think regardless of your stance on the day, you’ll love this little tutorial I’ve got for you! I dreamed up this idea months and months ago, and it’s been languishing in my sketchbook, waiting to come to life. I finally gathered up all the supplies and picked out a sweater from my wardrobe that would be worthy of embellishment. I love how this turned out, and dare say I’ll be wearing it at times other than Valentine’s Day…

02.06.12 | cupid's arrow tutorial

*Other Ideas for Garments to Embellish (Or, Sweaters Aren’t the Only Option!)

  • blouse (try making the design smaller and simplifying the arrow lines and using this on the collar!)
  • skirt (apply near the hem of a flirty little, knee length skirt)
  • felt beret (stitch on for a bit of color and whimsy!)
  • cloth handbag/tote/bookbag
  • tshirt (would look so fun stitched to the back, upper sleeve or even near the hem on a tshirt!)
  • tweed blazer (for a bit of romantic-preppy)

**Tear-Away Stabilizer: I used a pre-packaged stabilizer I picked up at the fabric store. But you could also use tissue or tracing paper. I find, however, that the pre-packaged stabilizer is a bit easier to work with when embellishing a knit fabric.

02.06.12 | cupid's arrow tutorial

Begin by printing out this pattern. Make sure your printer’s settings are set at 100% scaling. Of course, if you’d like the motif smaller or larger, you can adjust accordingly. (It’s a good idea to print the motif off, and see how it relates to the scale of the garment you’re embellishing.)

02.06.12 | cupid's arrow tutorial
02.06.12 | cupid's arrow tutorial

Trace the motif onto the stabilizer. Set aside for now. Using the printed motif, cut around the heart. Pin to the felt and cut a heart from the felt.

02.06.12 | cupid's arrow tutorial

Pin the heart to the sweater where you’d like the motif. (I chose the left upper chest, but you could do this on the back, hem or even an upper sleeve!) Using a doubled thread to match the felt, begin stitching the heart to the sweater using a running stitch. As you stitch, pick up a bead with the needle and attach to the front of the heart. This way you’ll outline the heart with beads as you stitch it down!

02.06.12 | cupid's arrow tutorial

With the stabilizer-traced motif, pin to the sweater overtop the felt heart, aligning the traced heart to the felt one. Baste with a single thread the stabilizer to the material.

02.06.12 | cupid's arrow tutorial

Using a doubled thread to match the metallic beads, begin outlining the arrow. To do this, bring the thread up through the front of the material, pick up a few beads (3 or so) and bring the needle down through the fabric with enough space to allow the beads to lie flat. Bring the needle back up where you originally started this stitch, and run the thread through the beads another time. Pick up a few more beads and repeat. Essentially you’re backstitching the beads to the sweater so they’re extra secure! Be sure to tie off the thread at the back of the sweater well whenever you run out of thread.

02.06.12 | cupid's arrow tutorial

I found with beading the arrow on my sweater, it was helpful to work in sections: the long, straight lines first, then the arrow tip, then the tail.

02.06.12 | cupid's arrow tutorial

Once you’ve beaded the arrow, it’s time to remove the stabilizer! Carefully begin tearing away the stabilizer from the beading. Go slowly, so you don’t accidently rip any of the beads out. You may need tweezers to help pull out some of the small bits of stabilizer.

02.06.12 | cupid's arrow tutorial

That’s it! Super easy, isn’t it? This is a great project for an evening–it only takes a few hours. Just remember when cleaning the garment you stitched this on that many felts don’t have stable dyes, and will shrink easily if machine washed. So probably gently handwashing or dry cleaning your garment when needed would be the best option (always test a small scrap of felt if in doubt!). I hope you enjoyed this, and of course I’d be more than delighted if you made it up and sent me a photo of how it turned out!

February 6, 2012 · 39 lovely thoughts
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Charlotte February 6, 2012 at 06:36

So cute! My own Valentine’s dress project follows a similar theme – hope I get it finished in time to share on the 14th!

xx Charlotte
Tuppence Ha’penny Vintage

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Alli February 6, 2012 at 06:36

Soooo cute! Great job Casey. :)
I want one!

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Marie February 6, 2012 at 07:02

Very cute! As always, you’re incredibly generous in the time and effort that you put back into your readers…thanks so much!

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Goodbye Valentino February 6, 2012 at 07:03

So clever and cute! I love your other suggestions for using this embellishment. Thanks!

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Alice February 6, 2012 at 07:07

lovely!!! great job! ^____^

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Popbabe7 February 6, 2012 at 07:17

Great idea! Thanks for sharing!

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Marmielu February 6, 2012 at 07:50

Very cute!
Mom

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Sandra February 6, 2012 at 08:13

This is such a beautiful idea, Casey. I would wear it all year. Love gets celebrated everyday. :)

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Amanda February 6, 2012 at 08:51

Oh, what perfect timing! I have a dark grey skirt that I want to embellish with some embroidery, but I had no idea how to get the design on to the fabric. While it’s not a knit, I still think stabilizer is the perfect solution! Thanks so much for the idea!

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Lisette February 6, 2012 at 08:56

Ooh this looks so cute! What a great idea.

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LBC February 6, 2012 at 09:06

See one in vivo on Ginger Rogers as Amanda Cooper in Carefree (RKO, 1938).

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Rochelle New February 6, 2012 at 09:34

Ahhh!! SO cute!! Thanks so much for sharing :)

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Debi February 6, 2012 at 10:23

SO LOVELY!

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Ginger February 6, 2012 at 10:46

Cute!! Thanks for sharing!

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Alexandria Web February 6, 2012 at 11:27

Super cute :D

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Rebecca Jean February 6, 2012 at 11:37

Boy, you’ve got my gears a turning now! This was a great little tutorial. Thanks for sharing it.

♥ Rebecca Jean
Midnight Maniac

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Tania Egan February 6, 2012 at 12:02

I am ‘in love’ with this idea! Perfect for anytime, not just Valentine’s day! Thanks for sharing. Will be giving this one a bash!

Tania♥

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Eileen February 6, 2012 at 12:11

Wow, super cute idea! I’m going to have to try this! Thanks doll :)

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Jessica@MakingHomeSweeter February 6, 2012 at 12:45

So adorable!

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Hannah February 6, 2012 at 15:45

This is adorable definitely will try it!

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Amanda February 6, 2012 at 16:22

Loves it! Though am unsure of my hand eye coordination wo be threading so many lovely beads. Mayhaps a calming martini first? :D

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Olivia February 6, 2012 at 18:07

That is so adorable! I cant wait to try. :)

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Garnet February 6, 2012 at 19:32

Wow! I love how dramatic this looks! I’ll have to try something similar soon.

Garnet

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megannielsen February 6, 2012 at 20:30

SO cute Casey!! I love this!!! Using the stabilizer while doing the beading was such a brilliant idea – the lines look so perfectly straight at first i thought you must have stenciled it! xoxo

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Renee February 6, 2012 at 20:31

Very cute.

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Katrina February 6, 2012 at 20:32

This is super cute!

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Cennetta February 7, 2012 at 13:01

Outstanding! Thanks, I will certainly try this one.

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Cassie Stephens February 7, 2012 at 23:06

Oh, Casey, I love this! Thank you so much for sharing…I love it when you share embroidery posts. I need to learn how a pro does it as my embroidery is so…well…not pro. Great post, as always!

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Maria Theresa February 8, 2012 at 06:08

Wow! I love your blog. It’s amazing!!!!

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Mrs Amber Apple February 9, 2012 at 02:25

Oh this is too cute!

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JenGren February 11, 2012 at 15:11

I love this! What a great idea! Why don’t things like this occur to me? I wish I could do this, but I don’t have any cardigans. {sniff, sniff}

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Susan Jensen February 13, 2012 at 19:24

This Hearft is right up my fingers, Love this bead work. I have a purse I’ll do it with Valentine all year???? My purse happens to be Wool (red- so maybe white or pink heart??)
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doro K. February 14, 2012 at 03:22

a very cute and fabulous idea!

I linked to your tutorial on my blog – thanks for sharing!

doro K.

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