DIY French hen sweater

DIY French hen sweater | Kittenhood

You may or may have not noticed that I’m crazy about this J Crew French hen sweater. Since it’s out of my league, I decided to DIY one for myself. But because I don’t have knitting skills, I used felt. Here are the step by step instructions for your own French hen sweater:

What you need:

  • a plain sweater
  • felt (or better yet fleece!) in 2-3 colors – one large and the others tiny
  • paper and pencil
  • scissors
  • thick thread and needle
  • tailor’s chalk or old soap bar
  • (optional) sewing machine

First thing you need to do is trace the bird on a piece of paper. Then cut out the hen shape and pin it onto your larger piece of felt. Cut your felt hen and pin it to the sweater.

Sew the hen to the sweater, either by hand or by machine. Once you got that done, place the sweater on a flat surface and use a tailor’s chalk to trace the legs and wing of the hen. You can use thick thread to embroider them afterwards. I used white for the legs and black for the wing, for contrast.

Cut out an oval piece of felt in a different color and stitch it as a beret. Use a tiny triangular piece of felt for the beak. That’s it! Enjoy your J Crew knockoff!

DIY French hen sweater | Kittenhood


  1. Love it! I was actually planning on making my own as well. Yours turned out so cute!

  2. Wow, awesome idea! You did a great job (and saved a lot of money, I’ll bet)! I might just have to make myself a fox sweater…:)

  3. This is so awesome, I need a plain sweater right now! Yours is a fine knit one, isn’t it? Because I wasn’t sure if it works on fine knits, but it sure seems so..
    Thumbs up for the great tut!

  4. Perfect rendition, D. Plus I think you look better than the model.

    x Crystal
    crystal dots.

  5. wow, nu m-as fi gandit niciodata la asta!ti-a iesit minunat!

  6. so cute! ha, I’ve been making my own felt sweaters also! I’m in the middle of trying to make my own madewell sheep one at the mo’….yours turned out SO goo! looks just like it!

  7. this is so cute! i always see these types of things and think “i could make that!” but for whatever reason never do. have you seen the crazy cat sweaters at pretty snake? i’m definitely making one for my halloween costume. so fun!

    1. oh yes, they’re awesome! great idea with the Halloween costume!

  8. It turned out so cute!!! Great job! I might venture and do one myself :)

    1. show pictures if you do! :)

  9. Love this french hen, it’s so cute. I hope you wear it with a pink beret to match (just saying)!

  10. Thanks so much for this tutorial! I plan on making the frenchie bulldog sweater. I’m OBSESSED!

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