You know those Ikea cookie cutters shaped like various animals? I’ve wanted them for years and I got my set as soon as I’ve moved to an Ikea-hosting city. And even though more than a year has passed since, I’ve never made cookies with them. I did, however, make a felted fox blanket using the fox shape, and now it’s time for the squirrel cutter to get some use: as outline for embroidery. Since this cookie cutter set is so universal, I thought it would be an easy, accessible way for anyone to try this tutorial. Not to mention that the reddish-brown shade of the sweatshirt is very suggestive of actual squirrels! Here is how to make it:
What you need:
- plain sweatshirt
- animal cookie cutter (mine is from Ikea)
- embroidery floss in a contrasting color + needle
- water-soluble embroidery stabilizer
Cut two pieces of embroidery stabilizer slightly bigger than your animal cookie cutter. If you’re new to embroidery stabilizer, it’s a paper-like fabric which helps keep stretchy fabric straight while you embroider it, and then easily dissolves in water. It’s a blessing for embroidery lovers!
Trace the outline of the cookie cutter on one piece, then turn it on the other side to mirror the outline on the other piece. You now have two squirrels facing each other. Place them on each shoulder of the sweatshirt symmetrically. Now you can embroider the outline of the squirrel, using a plain back stitch. I used white embroidery floss to contrast with the shade of the sweatshirt. Repeat for the second squirrel.
To remove the embroidery stabilizer, simply put it under cold water and watch it disappear, like in the video above. That’s it! You have a squirrely sweatshirt to wear proudly.