Introduction: FAT Hoodie Applique
We got the idea for our Free Art & Technology hoodies with letters across the hoods from IMP.
I'm going to show you how to cut out and applique fabric letters to make your own rad FAT pride hoodie, suitable for wearing in Berlin at Transmediale.
Step 1: Materials and Tools
Fabric (woven, not knit)
Matching thread or fabric glue
Hand sewing needle (unless using fabric glue)
Step 2: Print, Cut, and Pin Pattern
Print out the pattern PDF and cut out the letters. Pin them to your pre-ironed fabric. Position them as close to one another as possible to save space and waste less!
Step 3: Mark and Cut
Using a disappearing-ink pen or light pencil, mark the corners of the letters on the fabric (where the arrows pointing). I just pierced through the pattern with my pen to make a small dot. This will make it easier to fold and iron later.
Cut out the fabric along the edges of the pattern piece, and make slits along the dotted pattern lines. Unpin the pattern piece from the fabric.
Step 4: Fold and Press
Fold the seam allowance to the back side of the fabric and press with a hot steamy iron. Use your markings as guides for where to fold. Be careful, the steam is very hot and could burn you.
Step 5: Pin and Sew
Arrange and pin the pressed letters onto the hoodie. Affix with whatever stitch makes you happy. I use a modified ladder stitch that's similar to a blind hem. Basically the part of the stitch that's showing is perpendicular to the edge of the letter, then I carry the thread up through the fabric of the hoodie to the next stitch location, which makes the thread hard to see when it's done.
You may also use fabric glue, but I'll call you a wuss. =]
Tie off and tuck in your thread end, or let your glue dry, and then commence the FAT.