DIY Valentine Sweater

Valentine’s Day is right around the corner, and it’s time to break out the pink and red! Pink has been trendy for the past few years, but I love any excuse to wear it even more than I already do. From festive sweaters, to girly skirts, it’s the perfect time to break out something a little special to celebrate a Valentine’s Day in style!

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Retailers everywhere are coming out with their Valentine’s inspired clothing right now. When I happened upon this sweater  with heart shaped elbow patches, I knew immediately that I needed to DIY it! This is a super simple DIY that only requires you to cut a few things out, and either sew or glue it on a sweater. I’m giving you step by step directions on how to create your own DIY Valentine’s Sweater!

Supplies Needed:
– Sweater
– Scissors
– 1 Piece of Paper
– Felt or Fabric for 2 Heart Patches
– Needle and Thread
– 2 Pins
**Option: If you don’t sew, no problem! Use fabric glue instead of sewing for an even easier DIY.
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Directions:
1. Head to Sunshine Thrift and thrift a sweater! I chose a pink sweater, but white, black, or pink would also work well. You can really mix it up with any colors you want!

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2. Start by finding a heart image online. I did a quick search for “heart transparent” and used the image below.

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3. Adjust the heart on your computer to the size that fits your sweater and elbows the best, print, and cut out. I had to print and cut a few before I got the right size, so it might take a few tries!

4. Take your piece of felt or fabric and trace two hearts onto the fabric. Cut the hearts out.

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5. Try your sweater on, and pin where you want the hearts to hit on the sleeve.

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6. Thread your needle and sew your heart elbow patches onto sweater sleeves. I used a running stitch (over-under) because it’s a very simple, easy stitch, and I liked the contrasting of the red thread and white heart against the pink sweater. **If you are opting to use fabric glue instead of sewing, then glue your hearts on, and let it dry.

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7. Take out your pins, and your sweater is ready for Valentine’s Day!

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I love this DIY because Sunshine Thrift has so many great sweater options, that there’s no way you wouldn’t be able to recreate this! I already had felt to use for the heart elbow patches, so I used that, but I also suggest thrifting the fabric for the heart elbow patches at Sunshine Thrift. They have so many pieces that could be repurposed for the fabric, making Sunshine Thrift a one-stop shop for this DIY!

I styled mine with a white tulle skirt, pink beret, and red boots for a pop of color! It would also be great with a pair of jeans and heels, or even layered under a dress or jumper! If you try this DIY, please tag us on Instagram @sunshine_thrift !

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Written by: Taylor Hawkes
Hi! I’m Taylor, creator of my thrift fashion blog taylormadestyle.com  I’m 25 years old, living in Nashville, TN, with a passion for thrift and vintage. Through my blog, I inspire others to thrift, and most of all, to be bold in cultivating their own personal style. Fashion is limitless! Taylor Made Style is where I share my unique finds and individual style, and discuss all things thrift and vintage, style, and life. Follow me along!

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Blog: www.taylormadestyle.com

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