Sweater to Cardigan Refashion Tutorial

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I love a good refashion, and this is so easy. Make any sweater into a cardigan with this easy sewing tutorial.

 

Looking for a way to still wear that too-small sweater you love? Today’s sweater to cardigan refashion may be your answer!

I found this really cute sweater recently and snatched it up for super cheap. After washing it, however, I realized it was a bit shorter in the body and arms than I really liked and a little tighter across the chest. But since I really liked it I thought it was worth refashioning it from a sweater to cardigan.

Sweater to Cardigan Refashion | Mabey She Made It #refashion #cardigan

There are other tutorials out there, so I’m not claiming this is my own, but here’s how I did it.

Sweater to Cardigan Refashion

First cut up the middle.

Sweater to Cardigan Refashion | Mabey She Made It #refashion #cardigan

(It’s scary, I know!)

Sweater to Cardigan Refashion | Mabey She Made It #refashion #cardigan

Then I found some knit that matched the gray and used it like bias tape to bind the edge. First sew right sides together tucking in the top edge and folding the bottom of the strip around to the back to create a clean edge. You can hopefully see what I mean below.

Sweater to Cardigan Refashion | Mabey She Made It #refashion #cardigan

Then flip the strip over to the other side, tuck in the long raw edge, pin it, and sew through all the layers.

Sweater to Cardigan Refashion | Mabey She Made It #refashion #cardigan

Because you sewed your strip onto the back side at the bottom, there won’t be a gap and the bottom of the sweater will be completely encased in the binding giving it a really nice look.

Since I also had a too-short-sleeves problem, which can only be remedied by turning long-sleeved things into 3/4 sleeves, I cuffed the sleeve where the ribbing started and tacked it into place on the inside of both sleeves. I then finished it off with a couple of buttons on each cuff to make it look a little more finished.

Sweater to Cardigan Refashion | Mabey She Made It #refashion #cardigan

And now it fits perfectly and it’s one-of-a-kind.

Sweater to Cardigan Refashion | Mabey She Made It #refashion #cardigan

Do you have a sweater to cardigan candidate in your closet?

If you like this tutorial, you might also like these refashion tutorials:

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Pinstripe Pants to Dress Refashion || Ruched T-shirt Refashion || Gathered Back T-shirt Refashion || Ruffled Neckline T-shirt

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19 Comments on Sweater to Cardigan Refashion Tutorial

    • Lisa
      Monday, April 7, 2014 at 9:26 AM (1 year ago)

      Thanks, Dee! It’s come in handy several times in my wardrobe. :) And truth be told, I like cardigans much more than sweaters anyway!

      Reply
    • Lisa
      Monday, April 7, 2014 at 9:24 AM (1 year ago)

      Hi Natasha, thanks for such a great comment. I’m over on your site right now! Thanks for sharing!

      Reply
  1. Bev
    Tuesday, April 8, 2014 at 7:44 PM (1 year ago)

    Neat makeover–love it! I will have to try that sometime. Smiles…Bev
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    • Lisa
      Thursday, April 10, 2014 at 1:54 PM (1 year ago)

      Thanks, Bev!

      Reply
  2. Julie
    Wednesday, April 9, 2014 at 9:44 AM (1 year ago)

    Oooo I do love a good refashion! Sometimes a garment is too lovely not to snap up even if it doesn’t fit very well – as you have proved here. I love the little details like the buttons, they really do finish it off nicely.
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    • Lisa
      Thursday, April 10, 2014 at 1:53 PM (1 year ago)

      I love the buttons too–they made the sleeves look really intentional. Thanks for stopping by!

      Reply
    • Lisa
      Thursday, April 10, 2014 at 1:52 PM (1 year ago)

      Hi Ann, give it a try! :)

      Reply
  3. Miranda @ Someday Crafts
    Wednesday, April 16, 2014 at 12:40 AM (1 year ago)

    What a cute sweater! Thanks for linking up at Whatever Goes Wednesday last week. This was the most viewed link from the party, so we’ll be featuring your sweater at tomorrow’s link party. Yay! Hope you’ll join us again this week!!
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    • Lisa
      Wednesday, April 16, 2014 at 9:42 AM (1 year ago)

      Wow, that’s awesome. Thanks, Miranda!

      Reply
  4. Andrea
    Wednesday, April 16, 2014 at 6:58 AM (1 year ago)

    I have so many sweaters I need to do this to.

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  5. Margaret
    Wednesday, April 16, 2014 at 7:55 AM (1 year ago)

    Great idea! I’ve been wanting a new cardigan. I guess I should start start shopping in my old sweater pile. Thanks for the tutorial! Pinning.

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    • Lisa
      Wednesday, April 16, 2014 at 9:41 AM (1 year ago)

      Thank you Margaret! Isn’t it fun when you can shop your old clothes and make them “new” again?!

      Reply
    • Lisa
      Monday, April 21, 2014 at 10:25 PM (1 year ago)

      Thank you Karli–you’ll love how easy it is and what a difference it makes. :)

      Reply
  6. Refashion Tutorials
    Monday, November 3, 2014 at 10:06 PM (10 months ago)

    I know this idea isn’t original but I’m so glad you posted pics of your project. Sometimes it’s hard to imagine what a finished project will look like and this one looks fabulous.

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