Sweater to Cardigan Refashion Tutorial

Mabey She Made It
by Mabey She Made It

Looking for a way to still wear that too-small sweater you love? Today’s sweater to cardigan refashion may be your answer!

I found this really cute sweater recently and snatched it up for super cheap. After washing it, however, I realized it was a bit shorter in the body and arms than I really liked and a little tighter across the chest. But since I really liked it I thought it was worth refashioning it from a sweater to cardigan.

There are other tutorials out there, so I’m not claiming this is my own, but here’s how I did it.

Sweater to Cardigan Refashion

First cut up the middle.

(It’s scary, I know!)

Then I found some knit that matched the gray and used it like bias tape to bind the edge. First sew right sides together tucking in the top edge and folding the bottom of the strip around to the back to create a clean edge. You can hopefully see what I mean below.

Then flip the strip over to the other side, tuck in the long raw edge, pin it, and sew through all the layers.

Because you sewed your strip onto the back side at the bottom, there won’t be a gap and the bottom of the sweater will be completely encased in the binding giving it a really nice look.

Since I also had a too-short-sleeves problem, which can only be remedied by turning long-sleeved things into 3/4 sleeves, I cuffed the sleeve where the ribbing started and tacked it into place on the inside of both sleeves. I then finished it off with a couple of buttons on each cuff to make it look a little more finished.

And now it fits perfectly and it’s one-of-a-kind.

Do you have a sweater to cardigan candidate in your closet?

If you like this tutorial, you might also like these refashion tutorials:

Pinstripe Pants to Dress Refashion || Ruched T-shirt Refashion || Gathered Back T-shirt Refashion || Ruffled Neckline T-shirt

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  • Leslie Leslie on Mar 22, 2022

    The other way to bind the edge is to use bias tape or a wider Grosgrain ribbon sew to the edge of the cut part of the sweater, turn under so that the tape is on the back side of the sweater, press and sew a straight stitch near the edge of the fold to keep in place.

  • Mabey She Made It Mabey She Made It on Mar 22, 2022