Read this article in DeutschA turtleneck full of signatures from my family: I came to the DIY idea for Christmas last year. I wanted to create something really cute and very personal. Something, with a right connection to me. Maybe that’s how you feel: no matter how full my wardrobes are, the pieces in them are interchangeable. The solution? A jumper on which absolutely everyone from the family has placed his signature. The whole family on a piece of clothing. It’s super cheesy and maybe has some of those Abi or youth travel T-shirts from that time on which then everyone has signed. The things that you throw away at some point without ever having worn them – Alone, because somebody had to paint a pen again somewhere. So that my sweet DIY family sweater idea does not end up being so arbitrarily scribbled, better coordination was needed for a really pretty result. And despite many kiddies with dubious motor skills: It worked great.
Perfect for Christmas
What you quickly forget about all that consumption is that Christmas is the time you spend with your family. A time to celebrate one’s family. This sweatshirt with colorful signatures from all family members is for sure the most kitschy garment I’ve ever owned and I have no regrets. After all, the overly sentimental holiday season is made for that, right? In addition, you can see the entire relatives at Christmas to have them signed.
Whether as a gift or for yourself: designing your own sugar sweet family sweater is easy.
(This article was translated from German with Google Translate)
The DIY Family Sweater – Sign here please
I was inspired by a street style with a JW Anderson sweater that has nothing in common with my family sweater except the literal signature look. I found the design full of colorful signatures cute. At home I still had a basic turtleneck sweater, you can get textile pencils everywhere. Here are the pins I used.
At Christmas, you will meet the entire family in a classic way, so the party is perfect for the family sweater. Last year, I had the sweater with me at all celebrations – because they last for several days with my family. First you celebrate with friends, then you go to the different grandmas, then you visit the family of the new man of my mum … that takes some time. Every time I had the sweater and the Textilmalstifte in my luggage and every time people were happy about the idea. Alone as a family activity, it was very sweet: a bit of bonding. By the way, the Family Sweater is also the perfect pretext for forgetting the names of newer family members. I have not known the family of my mum’s new man for so long and they have so many children! I always wear the jumper whenever I meet them, so I can read the names. “Sorry, let me take a quick look on my left sleeve … uh, MAX!”
- Choose simple cotton fabric that is easy to paint.
- Do not wash the piece with softener before.
- Show as a guideline a picture around – a screenshot of my Pinterest inspiration was always there.
- For as aesthetic an outcome as possible, leaves people more moderate say in terms of placement and colors. Otherwise you will not have a good distribution in the end.
- Always pull the fabric straight, paint it on a hard surface and press it well.
- Beg everyone to sign prettily.
- At home: iron everything again so that the color holds.