FAT Hoodie Applique




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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

PDF Template
Printer paper
Fabric (woven, not knit)
Matching thread or fabric glue

Sewing pins
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.



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    11 Discussions


    9 years ago on Introduction

     This might seem like a dumb question, but does FAT stand for something or is it just fat as is heavyset?

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    Reply 3 years ago

    I thought that to start with, partly because I actually found out there is a sort of "mini fad" of, as you say, "heavyset" people with hoodies a bit like this.

    The more you know, I suppose.


    Reply 9 years ago on Introduction

    It's actually a normal sized hood. The picture on the left has me pointing my head down!


    nice job, was thinking maybe do something for my robotics team....oh what hoodies are a safety hazard and can get us knocked down in safety points for....hmmm...anyway good job, keep it up.

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