Quilted Faux Cable Knit Sweatshirt
|by Jennifer Wiese|

Hi! I’m Jennifer, founder of Workroom Social, a sewing studio in Brooklyn, NY, and Camp Workroom Social, a sleepaway sewing camp just for adults. At Workroom Social I teach people how to sew clothes that look store-bought, not homemade, and I am thrilled to share my love of fashion sewing with you here at The Sewing Party! Over the next year I’ll bring you tutorials to help elevate your me-makes and to get you sewing clothes that are infused with your own personal style. I want to challenge you get creative, think like a designer, and customize your handmade wardrobe.

With fall right around the corner, I am obsessing over quilted sweatshirts. Fashion quilting has been on trend for some time now, and I just can’t get enough of it! Today I’m going to walk you through how you can make your own high-fashion quilted sweatshirt at home. Before we start, let’s look at some ready-to-wear inspiration.

Quilted Faux Cable Knit Sweatshirt

I love the subtle texture of quilted knit fabrics and the way quilting can add visual interest to neutral colors. For your own projects, you could try mimicking the look of a cable knit sweater, similar to the Isabel Marant Étoile look above, or go for simpler lines like the SheIn shirt.

Inspired by chunky cable knit sweaters, I’ve created a few ready-to-use quilted design templates for you. Download the one from my sweatshirt here, plus an extra, AND check out two more looks over at campworkroomsocial.com

Sew your own quilted faux cable knit sweatshirt with Workroom Social’s original design templates!

  • Free design sheet download (choose your favorite design at thesewingparty.com and campworkroomsocial.com)
  • Printer
  • Tissue paper, tear away interfacing, or wash away interfacing
  • Pencil
  • Ruler
  • Sewing machine
  • Fashion fabric (sweatshirt knit)
  • Scrap fabric for quilting to the back of your fashion fabric (knit)
  • Sewing pattern of your choice (I’m using McCall’s M7195.)

Quilted Faux Cable Sweatshirt

Download and print your favorite quilted design template, or use your own!

Quilted Faux Cable Sweatshirt

We’re going to quilt the fabric before cutting so that you can position the quilting exactly where you want it when you cut out the pattern pieces.

With a pencil and ruler trace the design onto tissue paper. You can lengthen the motif by shifting the design sheet underneath your tracing paper. Use the dashed grid on the design sheet to help align the repeating image, and continue transferring image. The same technique can be used to create a wider pattern. To extend the pattern crossbody, shift design sheet left or right underneath you tracing paper and align with the dashed grid. Use the “example repeat” sheet for an idea of how the pattern will look repeated.

Quilted Faux Cable Sweatshirt

Stack your two fabrics, laying your fashion fabric on top of your scrap fabric.

Quilted Faux Cable Sweatshirt

Take your sewing pattern piece, and place it on top of the fabric, deciding where you want your quilted design to go on your project. For my sweatshirt, I chose to have my design quilted down the center front of my sweatshirt.

Quilted Faux Cable Sweatshirt

Pin or otherwise secure the tissue paper with your traced design to both layers of fabric, aligning it on the fabric according to where you want your design to go.

Quilted Faux Cable Sweatshirt

At your sewing machine, sew through all three layers (fashion fabric, scrap fabric, and tissue) following the lines traced on the tissue paper. I like using a smaller stitch length for the quilting. You can try different lengths, and even different stitches, to create an effect that you like best.

Quilted Faux Cable Sweatshirt

The tissue may start to rip as you work your way through the design, just do your best to approximate the lines if the paper starts to rip away.

Quilted Faux Cable Sweatshirt

After you’ve finished sewing your quilted design, tear away the tissue paper from fabric. Tweezers can come in handy here to remove smaller pieces of tissue.

Quilted Faux Cable Sweatshirt

Quilted Faux Cable Sweatshirt

After your design is quilted you can cut out your pattern pieces. I recommend cutting your pattern out flat (not on fold) to ensure the correct placement of your design.

Sew your pattern as directed.

DSC_0251Wear your high-fashion quilted garment out with a smile!

For more tips and inspiration on custom quilting for fashion sewing, check out my video tutorial on the topic. Be sure to use #thesewingparty and #fauxcableknit and tag @thesewingparty and @workroomsocial on Instagram to show us your makes. We can’t wait to see your projects!

JENNIFER WIESE Workroom Social

Hi! I’m Jennifer Wiese, founder of Workroom Social and Camp Workroom Social. I’m on a mission to help make good sewers great sewers! At my Brooklyn-based studio, I teach hobby sewers methods that make clothing construction easy and produce beautiful results that look store-bought, not homemade. My sewing patterns are both foolproof in instruction and fashion-forward in design, and my line of sewing tools and resources make it easier than ever for hobby sewers to sew well. I’m excited to be a part of your sewing journey here at The Sewing Party!

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  1. Vicky Hommerding

    This is an excellent way to make a simple t-shirt, sweatshirt or blouse look wonderful for a night out!!

  2. Holly

    I agree that is a terribly made garment and definitely not something that should have been posted, even the “faux quilting” is poorly done.

  3. Eloise

    I have to agree with the other comments. This is a good idea, but the execution looks very slapdash. I can’t believe how messy the quilting looks near the neckline. It really doesn’t do her sewing machine any credit, that’s for sure. Also wouldn’t a symmetric design centered on cf look more pleasing?

  4. Tegan

    There’s no indication what to do with the fabric you’ve quilted to your sweatshirt. Do we treat the two layers as if they were one when seaming? Do we trim down the excess quilted fabric and either hem it/serge the edges or tack it to the outer layer? Should we perhaps put a layer of heat and bond between the two layers so that when we press it, the two layers are fully bonded as well as quilted and we can trim around the edge of THAT?

    Any recommendations for the extra quilted fabric? I see “knit”, but what weight? And honestly, since this won’t stretch with all of that stitching involved, couldn’t a woven work just as nicely?

    Great tutorial, I’d like a little more information as to the steps OTHER than stitching a quilting pattern.

    1. The Sewing Party

      Hi Tegan,

      Yes, you can just treat the fabrics as one layer when cutting. There’s no need to use Heat n Bond. Since the fabric around the quilting will still be stretchy, a knit would be better. A medium weight jersey would be a good lining fabric. Hope that helps!

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