Holiday Sweatshirt

A cool snowman and other wintry shapes make vivid patchwork designs for sweatshirts.

What You Need:

Wear homemade sweatshirts to show your holiday spirit.
  • Paper-backed fusible webbing
  • Pencil
  • Scissors
  • Scrap of cotton print fabric
  • Iron
  • 4 x 6-inch piece of white polar fleece, cut using a 4 x 6-inch index card as a pattern
  • Embroidery floss in the colors of your choice
  • Darning needle
  • Variety of supplies for embellishment, such as small beads, ribbon, braid, and rickrack
  • Washable fabric glue
  • Sweatshirt with no ribbing at the bottom
  • Straight pins


1. Download the free patterns for this project (Downloading requires Adobe Acrobat software).

Snowman pattern

Bird pattern

Mitten pattern

Adobe Acrobat

2. Place the webbing, paper side up, on the wrong side of the fabric scrap. Use an iron to fuse the webbing to the scrap, following the instructions for the webbing.

3. Decide which pattern you'd like to use for your sweatshirt. Trace the pattern onto a piece of tracing paper about the same size as the fabric scrap; cut out.

4. When the fused fabric has cooled, trace the pattern onto the fused webbing. Cut out the shape, and carefully remove the paper backing.

5. Center the fabric shape, fabric side up, on the white polar fleece. Use the iron to fuse it to the fleece, following the webbing instructions.

6. Refer to the photograph and patterns for embroidery ideas. Thread the darning needle with embroidery floss. Make straight stitches for the snowman's arms or for the bird's legs. Use the needle and floss to sew beads on the snowman's face for the eyes, nose, and mouth or on the bird's head for the eye.

7. To string the mittens, bring the floss from the back to the front of the fleece at the outside corner of one mitten. Return the floss to the back of the fleece at the outside corner of the second mitten. Knot the ends of the floss inside the sweatshirt. Be sure to leave extra floss to drape over the mitten pair. Glue pieces of braid along the bottom of each mitten.

8. For the snowman's scarf, thread the needle with ribbon. Bring the ribbon from the front to the back at one side of the neck. Return the ribbon to the front at the opposite side of the neck. Tie the ribbon around the snowman's neck. Trim off the extra ribbon.

9. Place the finished fleece rectangle on the front of your sweatshirt. Use the needle and embroidery floss to sew the fleece to the sweatshirt by making long straight stitches along each edge of the fleece. Securely knot the ends of the floss inside the sweatshirt.


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