DIY Heart Sweaters

So... I got a little carried away with the heart patches.

After I finished gluing them to my new [super adorable] flats, I started putting them everywhere. And by everywhere, I mean three different sweaters I bought at the thrift store. Because one heart sweater is never enough!

I wanted to try these heart appliques on a sweater, but I wasn't sure exactly what type of sweater I had in mind. I just knew I wanted something off-white or tan because tan/red is a nice color combo. (It also reminds me of a Target uniform, but that's OK.)

I'm not very good at sewing, so I didn't want to take a chance on ruining one of my own sweaters. I ran to my local thrift store and found three different sweaters for $2 each. I felt like the style of each sweater called for a different placement of the heart patches, so it turned out to be the perfect way to try a few different ideas. Thrifting win!

Sweater #1: cable knit crewneck sweater
This sweater is classic and preppy. I half expected it to have a tiny polo horse on the chest, so I figured one heart patch was the perfect way to add a little bit of personality without it being too over the top. Now it's preppy with an extra bit of quirk, just the way I like it.

The instructions on the heart appliques say to "pin and sew," so that's exactly what I did. I'm no seamstress, but even I was able to hand-sew it on to the sweater with a simple running stitch.

I think it came out pretty darn cute, if I do say so myself. My hair? Not so much. It's obvious I'm not a fashion blogger, and I sure as heck don't know how to make my hair look cute!

Sweater #2: peach-y front-pocket cardigan
This sweater's two front pockets made the patch placement a total no-brainer.

I am a huge cardigan devotee, so I'm definitely adding this one to the rotation.

Sweater #3: Knit three-quarter sleeve
I couldn't go through this sewing session without trying some elbow patches, of course. This sweater was the best candidate.

This one is so neutral and will be really easy to pair with different stuff in my closet. It's definite;y a year-round piece, even with the hearts. It's so comfortable, and it fits nicely. Seal of approval!

I tried some other outfit combos, too. These sweaters are surprisingly versatile. I don't think any of these outfits just scream Valentine's Day, do you?

Well, I promise that is the end of my heart patch obsession. Next up: shamrock patches for St. Patrick's Day! Just kidding... I think.

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