How to Easily Make a Cute DIY Cropped Sweater in 3 Simple Steps

7 Materials
$15
15 Minutes
Easy

In this tutorial, I'll be showing you how to make a DIY cropped sweater. The cropped sweater style brings back the '90s in a good way! You can totally rock an oversized cropped sweater that’s fashion-forward.


This DIY cropped sweater is perfect worn on top of a long-sleeved t-shirt and paired with high-waisted jeans or slacks or a slim pencil skirt.


Let me show you how to make a crop top sweater in less than 15 minutes. It's super easy! Let's get started.

Tools and materials:

  • Sweater - oversized please!
  • Scissors
  • Sewing machine or hand sew with needle and thread
  • Pins
  • Measuring tape
  • Safety pin
  • ½ inch elastic
Folding the sweater up ready to crop it

1. Make the pattern

Lay the sweater down on a flat surface. Fold the bottom up to your desired cropped length. Use this fold as your guideline.

How to crop a sweater

Cut along the length of the sweater.

Turning the sweater inside out

2. Make the casing

After cutting the sweater, turn it inside out.

Measuring the elastic to fit your waist

Measure your waist and then measure the elastic to fit your waist measurement.

How to crop a knit sweater

Fold the raw hem with a double fold about an inch up to the wrong side. This double hem helps to prevent fraying. Pin the new hem in place leaving a small space unsewn to fit the elastic through.

DIY cropped knit sweater

3. Insert the elastic into the casing

Put a large safety pin through the end of the elastic. Put the elastic into the casing and thread it through.

How to make crop top sweater

Once it’s all pulled through, join the ends of the elastic together by sewing it across to secure.

DIY cropped sweater

DIY cropped sweater tutorial

That's it! You’ve just learned how to crop a knit sweater! This above-the-waist look is so on point and trendy. It’s also perfect for winter or when you’re feeling a bit chilly.


Please let me know in the comments if you made this and how easy it was! Thanks for joining and I'll see you next time.

Suggested materials:
  • Sweater - oversized please!
  • Scissors
  • Sewing machine or hand sew with needle and thread
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