Wednesday, 28 August 2013

Fashion Fix: How to turn a jumper into a cardigan



I've been trying to think up some projects to take us through these funny muggy autumnal days and this is one of my personal favourites.  If it's too warm for winter woollies cut a cardigan from a tired bit of knitwear

You will need:
  • woolly jumper
  • 30cm of cotton fabric
  • 20 cm lining fabric
  • 40cm trim
  • sewing machine
How to do it:
  1. Find the centre front of your jumper and cut from top to bottom.
  2. Cut 2 x 5cm strips from the cotton fabric, the length of the cardigan front.
  3. Pin and sew the right side of the fabric strip to the inside of cardigan front. Repeat on the other side.  Press both strips of fabric flat
  4. Next fold the fabric around the raw edge of the cardigan front and press.
  5. Tuck under the raw edge, pin and sew.
  6. Finish the top and bottom edges by tucking in and hand sewing.
  7. Use our pocket template to cut out 2 cotton fabric pockets and 2 lining pockets
  8. Pin one cotton and one lining pocket right sides together and machine stitch together, leaving the top open.
  9. Turn inside out and press. Repeat with the second pocket.
  10. Fold the top raw edges in, press and sew. Pin in place on the cardigan. Machine sew around the 3 edges leaving the top open.

Annoyingly the fabric was from an amazing fabric warehouse I visited in Senegal, West Africa, but when I'm in the UK, my first post of call for gorgeous printed cottons has to be Cloth House

1 comment:

  1. Love it! I have a jumper that was born to be a cardie... Might have to get my sewing kit out.