DIY Off the Shoulder Ruched Sweater

Here’s a hack to transform a basic cardigan sweater into a cute DIY off the shoulder ruched top in just a few simple steps. No need to buy it when you can DIY it! Get the full video tutorial here.

Step 1: Gather Materials

What you’ll need:

  1. Knit cardigan sweater
  2. Safety pin
  3. Needle and thread
  4. Fabric scissors

Step 2: Reposition & Mark

Start with the sweater on and move it down to a comfortable off-the-shoulder position. Use your safety pin to mark the spot at the front where you’ll start stitching.If you have a lighter color sweater, you can use a pencil or pen to mark this spot. However, I recommend the safety pin to avoid leaving marks.

Step 3: Stitch Opening

Use your needle and thread to create a knot at the spot you marked with the safety pin. Then stitch downward to bond the two sides of the sweater together, folding the layers over and scrunching the material upward as you go. This will create the ruched effect.Continue the stitching, folding and scrunching process until you reach the bottom.

Step 4: Trim Excess Thread

Once you reach the bottom, tie a knot to secure the scrunched material and trim the excess thread.

Step 5: All done!

Just a few minutes later, you have an off the shoulder ruched sweater that has much more personality than the plain cardigan it used to be. DIY clothing hacks, for the win!

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Miaira Jennings
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  • Renee Renee on Feb 06, 2021

    This is lovely! Such a romantic look. Would definitely be the perfect top showcase a favorite pendant necklace. Totally inspired by this.

  • LorriLJ LorriLJ on Feb 27, 2021

    So simple and such a dramatic change! I love this!