Thursday, October 17, 2013

Sweater to Cardigan Refashion Tutorial

How to turn a sweater into a cardigan
{image Sweater to Cardigan Refashion © ShannonSorensen}
It's sweater season again and I've been rummaging through my bags of forgotten sweaters. The ones that don't fit, yet I can't seem to part with.

This v-neck pink argyle sweater has always been one of my favorites, but one day it started fitting tighter and haven't worn it since. Until now.

Give any old sweater new life, by turning it into a cardigan, with this easy refashion tutorial!

How to Turn your Sweater into a Cardigan

1. Choose a coordinating binding. You can make your own or use bias tape.

2. Measure the front of your sweater and cut that much bias tape + extra to tuck under on the top and bottom edge. Measure and draw a straight line down the front of your sweater.

3. Cut the front of your sweater using the line as your guide (no turning back now!).

refashion your old sweater into a cardigan with this tutorial
{Sweater to Cardigan Refashion © ShannonSorensen}

This binding will be turned to the inside of your sweater. If you want the binding to show on the outside, follow these steps with the sweater inside out. I'll have a tutorial for this method soon.

4. Pin the binding down with the shorter side flush with the edge of your sweater cut.

5. Fold the top and bottom edge of your binding over and pin.

6. Using a ball point needle (best for sewing with knits), and low pressure (I set my dial to 1) stitch down the creased fold all the way from the top to the bottom edge.
Refashion tutorial turn your sweater into a cardigan
{Refashion: Sweater to Cardigan © ShannonSorensen}

7. Fold the stitched binding over to the inside, covering up the raw edges.

8. Pin the folded binding from top to bottom. Be sure to tuck under the top and bottom edges.

9. Stitch as close the the edge of the binding as you can (the inside edge). My machine has a setting that moves the needle to the left hand side, so that is what I used.

10. Admire your handy work. You're all done!

Sew your own cardigan from an old sweater
{Transform your old sweater into a cardigan step-by-step © ShannonSorensen}

I'm so happy I'll be able to wear this sweater again, transformed into a new cardigan.

turn your old sweater into a cardigan refashion
{Sweater to Cardigan Refashion © ShannonSorensen}

I love the peekabo turquoise accent inside. You would never know it wasn't made this way in the first place.

How to turn a sweater into a cardigan
{Turn a old sweater into a cardigan: tutorial © ShannonSorensen}

refashion project, turn a shirt into a cardigan
{image © ShannonSorensen}
My next project is refashioning this men's long sleeved striped shirt into a cardigan...the wheels are turning! Stay tuned!

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  1. Great job! Love your new cardi, so pretty!
    I wanted to invite you to the {Handmade Café} Link Party, the new and very unique linky! I hope you'll join us and link up. You will meet many exceptional international crafters/bloggers!

    Oksana @ Oksana Plus Hobbies

    1. Thanks so much for your comment and inviting me to your international link party. I'll come over and check it out!

  2. Tried to leave this comment on pj pants : Love this. Thank you. Newbie sewer who loathes tight thin waistband and also wants to dress a bub comfortably. Also thank you so much for 'refashion'

  3. On your self-designed sportswear, we want you to be happy and satisfied. We are ready to help you in every step of the way. Any questions that you have can be discussed either by phone, email or through our designer for Cardigan . And our design team is ready to help and discuss any ideas and concepts that you may have.


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