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Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Pumpkin Spice Cardigan - DIY Tutorial

Hello Readers!! I am so excited to bring you an actual craft post!

This project is what I made for the first week of Project Recycled over at the T-Shirt Diaries.
I decided to reuse this beautiful orange men's shirt that my realtor had given my husband. It isn't really my husband's style, but I loved the color and the fabric so I decided to keep it.

The first step in this tutorial is to find an old cardigan that fits well and you don't mind cutting up.  I chose one of mine that used to be black but after years of wear was very splotchy and faded.
I did save back the pieces of the cardigan to use again.

Then you will need a men's  shirt to use for fabric- It should be pretty big- I think mine was an XL.
Cut each piece of the cardigan apart very close to the seams. There are five pieces in all- back, R sleeve, L sleeve, R front, L front.
Then cut apart the shirt that you are using for your new cardigan- close to the seams.

I chose to reuse the ribbing at the bottom of the sweater and sleeves. Line up the corresponding fabric with the pattern pieces. Trace around pattern leaving about 1/4 seam allowance.

Sew together both sleeves- right sides together. I used the serger type stitch on my sewing machine because the material was pretty stretchy.

 Press Seams flat.

Sew shell together, right sides together at top and side, leaving armholes open.

 Place sleeve inside of shell, right side together, lining up side seam with bottom of sleeve seam.

Pin and sew.

Now to add the embelishment on the front. I got this 2" crocheted trim from Joann's.
Measure the total length around the front and neckline of shirt to get the amount of trim you need. Add about 6 inches to this number- I cut it kind of close!

Pin edge of crochet on inside of cardigan along both sides and neckline.

Sew into place about 1/4" from edge of cardigan.

Flip over crochet and pin to outside of cardigan so it lays flat. Sew it into place.

Sew small hook and eyes along inside of cardigan for closures.

If you have any questions let me know.

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Danni Baird @ Silo Hill Farm said...

Zoe that is adorable! Now that I've broken out my sewing machine, I would like to give this a try! As soon as my husband wakes up, I'm raiding his closet!!! I have to admit...it was the pumpkin color that first caught my eye! Nice job and great pictures!

Kellie said...

Bravo! Oh the possibilities!

Lisa said...

This is awesome!!! I feel like I need to run to Goodwill and look for an ugly man's shirt to turn into a gorgeous cardigan!

Erin said...

Very cute! I have a couple shirts that I've been wanting to turn into cardigans. Thanks for the tutorial.

southernscraps said...

That's a great refashion!

Sarah Jane said...

I really like the color and the style. That trim was perfect! Looks good on you.

Melanie @ bear rabbit bear said...

So cute! So glad you linked to Things I've Done Thursday!

2nd story sewing said...

Great refashion- I love the trim detail :)

Rose Jesky said...

Hay, I love this it is so cute and creative. Your blog is wonderful! I would love to have you come and share at my Sunday Round Up Party @ http://www.arosiesweethome.com/2012/04/sunday-round-up-6.html
I'm now following on Linky and GFC.
Hope you come and share.

Deana said...

Thanks so much for linking up @CountryMommaCooks.......what a great idea...I am going to check out my husband closet right now for potential candidates he hates sweaters anyway......have a wonderful Sunday:)

Jane said...

Thank you for your instructions/how-to! This is great. I've just inherited a serger and can't wait to try this out!

Jill said...

This is great! I LOVE that color and the trim you chose!

Jillian @ Hi! It's Jilly said...

LOVE love love that lace trim! Great job!

4 Sisters @ bringingbeauty.blogspot.com said...

That cardigan is adorable- we love the crochet! Thanks for sharing at Beautify It Monday! We hope we'll see you again next week!

Brittany Wilkinson said...

Wow! What a transformation! I love the crochet lace, so pretty.

Julie E said...

You've been featured! Thanks so much for sharing!

Our Country Bungalow said...

This is a really great idea. I love it! Good work.

Deana@CountryMommaCooks said...

You are being featured at tonights Link and Greet Party @CountryMommaCooks.....stop by and grab a featured button, check it out on Facebook, G+ and Pinterest:) Look forward to seeing what you've been up to this week.

katy said...

Zoe - this is awesome.

Kristin said...

So cute! I love the color and the lace is just perfect =)

Jennifer said...

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