Cute and Easy DIY Cardigan Upcycle

Mset Fashion Design
by Mset Fashion Design
6 Materials
30 Minutes

Hey guys! I’m about to show you how to upgrade an old garment to make this cute, DIY cardigan. It’s quick and perfect for beginners. Let’s get started!

Tools and materials: 

  • Old cardigan
  • Ribbon (about 2 inches wide)
  • Fabric scissors
  • Optional: silk fabric, ruler, white fabric pencil
  • Pins
  • Sewing machine (or just a needle and thread!)
Cutting 4 pieces of ribbon

1. Cut 4 pieces of ribbon

Each should be about 1 foot long. One edge should be straight, the other diagonal. Alternatively, you can make your own ribbons from a silk fabric.

2. DIY ribbons

Measure and cut a rectangle. 

Measuring rectangle

Fold in half with the correct side folded in. Then secure with a few straight pins. Using one of the pins, mark a diagonal at the end and sew.

Fabric rectangle

Trim off any excess fabric beyond the diagonal.

Trimming off excess

Next, turn your DIY ribbon right-side out (I used my scissors to help) and then iron.

Turning DIY ribbon right-side out

Sew the open end with a zigzag stitch.

Zigzag stitching

Repeat this for a total of 4 DIY ribbons.

4 DIY ribbons

3. Prepare the cardigan

Try on your cardigan. Open the buttons until the sleeves can be pulled off the shoulders. 

Trying DIY cardigan on

While wearing the cardigan, pin the first strap to the front. 

Pinning strap to front

Pin another strap at the back, in line with the front strap. Then sew on the straps.

Strap pinned to DIY cardigan

To sew the straps, create a narrow rectangle, like this:

Narrow rectangle

Repeat the same process on the other side. 

Strap pinned to DIY cardigan

Finally, try on your sweater, tying bows at the shoulders.

Trying on DIY cardigan

DIY cardigan

Here’s the final look for this brown cropped cardigan. What do you think of this fun clothes makeover?

Grab your old sweater from the giveaway pile and show us your DIY cardigan in the comments below!

Suggested materials:
  • Old cardigan
  • Fabric scissors
  • Optional: silk fabric, ruler, white fabric pencil
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  • Amy Macdermott Amy Macdermott on Nov 24, 2022

    Us women should be dressed better. The sweater was just fine. We are not low class ladies.