Keeping the garden tidy requires a few deft moves with the right tools, and, time and again over the seasons, shrub rakes are... Read more »
Entire books have been written on the science of making compost, but it isn’t as hard as people think. In five easy steps, you... Read more »
Weeding, pruning, and raking all make a huge difference in the appearance of a garden, but, to finish the job, you have to rou... Read more »
The Fiskars® aluminum shrub rake features a slim head with uniquely tapered tines that are perfect for reaching into tight spac... Read more »
Our Eco Bin Composter features an easy-to-assemble, easy-to-use design that can simplify and speed the composting process. It i... Read more »
Our HardShell® Kangaroo® Gardening Container is perfect for all your outdoor cleanup needs — whether you’re gathering yard and... Read more »
Creating beautiful and personal touches does not have to be difficult, especially when you have great designs to work with! Read more »
Recycle and give a new life to some of your old T-shirts Read more »
Our unique Tag Maker with Built-in Eyelet Setter features an innovative design that makes it easy to create tags perfect for gi... Read more »
By creating a few simple tags, you won’t be caught at the fabric store not knowing what fabrics or yardage you have in your st... Read more »
A brocade drawstring pouch can be a beautiful and luxurious accessory or gift. Read more »
Transform a simple hoodie into a super simple unicorn costume and take the stress and pressure out of making a complicated Hal... Read more »
Perfect for a wide range of sewing and quilting tasks, our Amplify® RazorEdge™ Serrated Fabric Shears sense blade separation an... Read more »
Perfect for a wide range of sewing and quilting tasks, our Amplify® RazorEdge™ Fabric Shears sense blade separation and force t... Read more »
Perfect for a wide range of crafting and mixed media tasks, our Amplify® Mixed Media Shears sense blade separation and force th... Read more »
Try some new punches out and make some cards to celebrate World Card Making Day! Read more »
A personalized Duck Tape® crown is quick and easy to make with your Fiskars® Duck® Edition Scissors. It is a fun way to cele... Read more »
Our Preschool Training Scissors features a special training lever that opens the blades after each cut, helping children learn... Read more »
Children love our Designer Non-stick Blunt-tip Kids Scissors for the colorful handle patterns that make cutting fun and the non... Read more »
Our Designer Non-stick Student Scissors are larger than our Kids Scissors but smaller than adult scissors, perfect for those ol... Read more »
Transform a basic jacket into something personal and unique. Read more »
Create a simple reusable calendar to plan all of your back to school activities. Read more »
Creating a miniature collage with your Fiskars® Duck® Edition Scissors is a great way to use up any last bits of Duck Tape® yo... Read more »
Designed for long, easy cuts down strips of Duck® Tape, our Duck® Edition Scissors feature a non-stick blade coating that preve... Read more »
Designed for all-purpose cutting through a range of craft materials that incorporate glue, tape and other sticky adhesives, our... Read more »
Designed for tight, precise cuts through a range of craft materials that incorporate glue, tape and other sticky adhesives, our... Read more »
I also wanted something a bit different to the regular sweatshirts or hoodies available in stores.
I looked around for a suitable pattern and was stumped when I couldn’t find anything that I liked. Not to be outdone however, I decided to draft my own pattern, using a sweatshirt I know fits me well. I’ve never drafted my own patterns before but I’m here to tell you, it can be done successfully, even if you’re new to it!
I began by folding my sweatshirt in half through the center, so that the side seams lay on top of each other. I then laid out a length of freezer paper onto my cutting table and placed the folded sweatshirt on top. I began by tracing around the outline with a pencil onto the freezer paper, starting with the front, then repeating the process for the back and the sleeves. Because my sweatshirt is folded in half, I am only tracing half the shape so that my pattern pieces can be laid on the fold of my fabric for symmetrical cutting. I made sure to carefully label each piece as I drew them.
Tracing around the sweatshirt gives me the size I need for my finished garment, but I needed to add the seam allowance before cutting the fabric, so I went around the pattern pieces adding a ¼” allowance using my Fiskars acrylic ruler and my hem gauge around the curves.
I then ended up with 3 pattern pieces which included a seam allowance : front, back and sleeves.
I cut my front piece on the fold and decided that I wanted to add some colorful detail to make it more unique. I simply sewed a few contrasting stripes onto the front piece with a decorative stitching before attaching the back to the front at the shoulders and the side seams.
I knew I wanted to make a kangaroo pocket for the front of my sweater so I cut 2 rectangles of fabric (one main color and one contrast) a couple of inches shorter than the width of my front piece, and cut the top corners off at a diagonal. I sewed the two pieces together with right sides facing, leaving a 4” turning hole. I turned the pocket right sides out through the turning hole, poked out the corners and pinned it to the front of my sweatshirt. Again using a decorative stitch, I sewed the pocket to the center of the front along the top, bottom and side edges, making sure to close the turning hole with my stitching.
Next I sewed in my sleeves which I fitted into the armholes by putting in a small pleat at the shoulders and to allow for movement.
Rather than sew a hood onto my sweatshirt, I thought it would be a fun experiment to add an oversize cowl instead and I’m so glad I did as I know that my ears will be kept warm in the cooler evenings.
To make the cowl, I cut two rectangles, one in my main and one in my contrast fabric, measuring 13” x 39”. I pinned then sewed them together with right sides facing, leaving a 6” turning hole. After turning the cowl through the hole I left and squaring out the corners, I topstitched all the way around, making sure to close the turning hole as I did so.
I then pinned the cowl to the neckline, curving around the back of the neck for comfort. I tried the sweater on to get some idea about where I wanted the neck to be attached to the top and pinned it in place before sewing. I prefered the overlap flap of fabric at the side of the sweater rather than in front.
I sewed two buttons and buttonholes to the cowl to join the two ends together.
To finish, I hemmed the sleeves and bottom edge by turning the fabric to the wrong side ¼” and sewing it down.
Having completed this sweater and being very happy with the results, I have carefully stored and labelled my self-drafted pattern pieces ready for the next time I want to make myself a new sweater.
Sweatshirt that fits well to draw around
Sweatshirt fabric (amount depending on size)
Freezer paper or tracing paper
Pencil or pen