Cut the Arms Off an Old Sweater for This Cute DIY Sweater Vest

Jessica Shaw
by Jessica Shaw
4 Materials
30 Minutes

Hi everyone. Today, I’m going to show you why you should cut the arms off of an old sweater that you never wear.

This simple change transforms your old sweater into a cute and trendy sweater vest that you can wear on its own or with a shirt layered underneath.

So grab an old sweater that's sitting at the back of your closet and let’s jump into the tutorial.

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Tools and materials:

  • Old sweater
  • Scissors
  • Pins
  • Needle and thread
Before photo

Cutting sleeves

1. Chop your sleeves off

Follow the natural sleeve seam of your sweater and remove the sleeves with a pair of sharp scissors. 

Pinning fabric

2. Sew the raw edges

Fold the raw sleeve hole edges inward and pin them down. Then sew them to prevent fraying.

DIY sweater vest

DIY sweater vest

And you’re done! It’s time to enjoy your DIY sweater vest. I love how this turned out. It was such a quick and easy DIY project.

How would you style this? Let me know in the comments down below. Or tell me what you'd like to see from me next. I love hearing your ideas so suggest away.

Then, check out my Genius Button-up Hack for Blouses.

Bye for now everyone.

Suggested materials:
  • Old sweater
  • Scissors
  • Pins
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