Embroidered Elephant Sweatshirt || Free PDF Pattern&Template || Shwin&Shwin

My sister in law is expecting her first baby in February and I am so excited because I love love love sewing for babies. They are having a boy which is even better because I miss sewing for a boy. So one of the first things I made (and there will be many more) was the Charlie Sweatshirt, with an embroidered Elephant appliqué on the front.

Embroidered Elephant Sweatshirt || Free PDF Pattern&Template || Shwin&Shwin

To make the shirt you will need to make the Embroidered Elephant Sweatshirt:

The Charlie Sweatshirt Pattern (FREE PDF Pattern size 6-12m found HERE) (I sized it down a bit for a 3m just so it would work for the seasons)

1/2 yard (or less) knit fabric (here I used a combination of french terry with modal lycra from Girl Charlee and it is dreamy)

ElephantTemplate

Knit scraps and interfacing for Elephant

Embroidery Floss

Hand sewing needle

 

Embroidered Elephant Sweatshirt || Free PDF Pattern&Template || Shwin&Shwin

Now since I sized down my pattern a bit by making it slightly narrower and shorter, the elephant was a tight fit, I should have trimmed it down a bit but it worked ok. I cut the elephant shape out using the template and I used mid weight interfacing and the french terry fabric in grey. I pressed the interfacing to the back of the knit and then cut the elephant out. Then I pinned it in place while I stitched on the details. If you wanted to you could use an embroidery pen or disappearing ink to copy the design lines on to the elephant but it’s small enough I just kind of eyeballed it. Then after adding the detail lines I stitched around the edge with my sewing machine.

Then I finished the top following the pattern

Embroidered Elephant Sweatshirt || Free PDF Pattern&Template || Shwin&Shwin

I seriously love this little sweatshirt. The french terry with the modal lycra is so so soft and cozy. It has the perfect stretch and I really love the masculine colors they have right now. I have the regular cotton french terry, and while I love it because I love french terry all around it is stiffer and less stretchy, and not quite as soft, still great weight and quality.

Embroidered Elephant Sweatshirt || Free PDF Pattern&Template || Shwin&Shwin

 

I really love the little elephant head. Jude asked me for one in his size so that may just be coming 🙂 (someday)