Sweater to Cardigan Refashion Tutorial

April 3, 2014 in sewing by Lisa

 

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

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. 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