DIY Love Applique Tutorial

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Make the perfect Valentine’s sweater with this DIY LOVE applique tutorial. Crochet yarn into a chain and then sew it onto the sweater.

I wanted to make myself a Valentine sweater, but I was looking for something subtle that I could wear all winter. I also wanted to stay away from the classic Valentine colors.

In this DIY LOVE applique tutorial I teach you how to use yarn to make an easy but simple graphic sweater.

diy valentine applique

Valentine’s day is kind of a weird holiday. I’ve decided that instead of focusing on the romantic love, I help my kids see how to be kind to friends and family. I want them to celebrate their friendships and show gratitude.

diy love applique tutorial

I did choose the word “LOVE” to applique onto this sweater because it was fitting for Valentine’s day, but you can choose any word that looks good in cursive. There are so many possibilities!

diy valentine applique

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diy love applique tutorial

DIY Love Applique Tutorial


supplies applique

Start by doing a simple chain stitch with the yarn. Here’s a tutorial for how to chain stitch but it’s the simplest way of crocheting and you don’t need to know how to crochet to do a chain stitch.

Draw your word, like “LOVE”, in cursive one a piece of paper as a guide.

begin crochet chain

Keep chaining and measuring the chain against your drawn word.

crochet chain

When your chain is long enough to fit the word then tie off the end.

practice yarn word

Use the yarn needle to thread some of the tail into the chain. Cut off the excess tail. Do this to both ends.

thread end through chain

Place your word on the front of the sweater about armpit height. Adjust it as needed.

place word on sweater

Carefully pin all the parts of the word to the sweater. I found that the yarn would get squished and move slightly when I was sewing, so pull the yarn tight when pinning it in place.

pin word on

Cut a piece of tricot fusible interfacing the shape of the word.

cut interfacing

Fuse it to the back of the sweater where the word is.

apply interfacing to back

With a wide zigzag stitch sew the word onto the sweater. Go slow and take your time.

zigzag chain to sweater

Press it well and your DIY yarn applique is done.

diy love applique tutorial

If you make something using this sewing project, I’d love to see! Please share it on social media with the hashtag #heatherhandmade and tag me!

diy love applique tutorial
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I believe small sewing moments can create great joy. Find your own “right” way to sew. -Heather

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What a great technique for applique on a top! Thanks for the tutorial.

What a smart way to do a chain stitch before attaching the yarn – I meant to ask where you got that thick yarn. Looks so cool! And a great color combo – I love how it can be worn all year long. xoxo,

Oh my gosh, I LOVE this idea! I’m not a fan of over-the-top Valentine’s things, but this is subtle but still really cool! I’d love to try this out! (Oh, and your outfit? You look amazing!!)

My kind of Valentine project!! I love this so much!

This is such a cute idea. I never would have thought of adding yarn like that to up-cycle a shirt. You have such great ideas to up-cycle clothes.

Such useful a tip about pulling the chain taught as you pin to help it not move around when stitching.
I love the colours – plus so vital to teach our children to be king every day

This turned out so cute!! I agree that the holiday is a bit strange.. totally commercial and my husband and I never really do anything so it’s just become a fun family holiday ;o)