DIY Thrift Flip: Button-Down Cardigan

Hazel Danso
by Hazel Danso
3 Materials
2 Hours

I had an off the shoulder sweater but it was too big for me. I loved the knit fabric so rather than getting rid of it, I decided to do what I do best, and refashion it into something I would wear. I upcycled the sweater and created a gorgeous, button-down cardigan.

Tools and materials:

  • Scissors
  • Buttons
  • Sewing machine
Women’s button-down cardigan

Cut the sweater down the middle 

In the first step, I folded the sweater in half to figure out the center point. I then used a pair of scissors to cut down the middle front of the cardigan. 

Sweater thrift flip

Create a new neckline 

Next, I sewed over each shoulder at a 45-degree angle from the neck to the shoulder. After sewing, I made sure that the new seam was firm and secure. 

Make a button-down cardigan

I lined up the two openings of the new cardigan and cut a V shape at the neckline. 

Simple button-down cardigan

I sewed over the raw edges of the new neckline. I then folded the edges of both cardigan openings toward the wrong side and sewed. 

How to make a button-down cardigan

Sew on buttons

Next, I hand stitched on some buttons to get the classic cardigan look. I restitched to make sure the buttons were on securely. 

Button-down cardigan thrift flip

I then used small scissors to create buttonholes in line with the buttons. 

Easy button-down cardigan

This was such a fun and easy thrift flip! I’m so glad I made a piece that I will get lots of use out of! How would you go about styling this button-down cardigan? Let me know in the comments down below! 

Suggested materials:
  • Scissors
  • Buttons
  • Sewing machine

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