This fab tutorial on how to give a cardigan a Las Vegas spin comes from brilliant vintage blogger Charlotte over at Tuppence Ha’Penny. Here she shows us how to applique a cardigan with playing cards.

You will need:

  • – red felt remnant
  • – white felt remnant
    – red sewing thread
    – white sewing thread
    – cardigan or sweater
    – freezer paper (optional)
    – disappearing ink pen


First sketch out heart shapes on freezer paper, iron it to adhere to the red felt, and cut out the shapes. The diamonds and small hearts can be cut freehand. The ‘cards’ are rectangles of white felt about 2 1/4″ x 3 1/4″ (slightly smaller than a real playing card), with the corners rounded off.

You need as many large shapes as the numbers you plan, plus two tiny ones for each card (only one if the corner will be covered).

Draw the numbers and ‘A’s in the corners with a disappearing ink pen, then embroider over the lines with backstitch, using a triple thickness of thread.

The shapes are attached to the cards using a simple running stitch.

Then simply place on the front of the cardigan or sleeves.

You can find this and many other tutorials on Charlotte’s blog and don’t forget to check out her Etsy shop!


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