Thursday, November 10, 2011

Sweater remake

There is something about fall that makes me dig through my closet and scrap basket in the craft room and start playing match maker with items from each! I think it has something to do with the combination of high priced sweaters and spending more time inside because of the weather changes. Who knows... But I have a couple of fun projects to share. The first one is a simple target sweater remade into a lacy cardi with fun elbow patches.

Here is what I started with:

The first step is the scariest one..... Fold the sweater in half and cut right up the middle with a  good pair of scissors. It is at this point that you run around the house like a loon saying things like..."What is wrong with me??? I just destroyed a perfectly good sweater???"

Ok, now calm down.... start digging through the scrap basket to see what you have on hand....

Find some lace and ruffle it. You can do this on your machine, but I chose to do it by hand. 

Then I pinned it onto the sweater and at the same time pinned the hem in place. Pinning is essential!!! Between the knit and the lace it would be very difficult to wing it!

I could have stopped here and I think it still would have been cute.

But I wanted a little more detail. Upon shopping at the local resale shop I came across this cute t-shirt.

I thought the little patches would be cute on the elbow of the new cardigan. I forgot to take a picture before I cut my patches of choice. 

I attached a patch to each elbow. I tried just stitching them directly on.

The fabric was too flimsy to work so I found some heat n bond in my stash and attached them that way. Then ran embroidery thread around the edges.

For one final bit of detail I ran some embroidery thread in four rows around the cuff of the sweater.  

Here is the finished product. 

Warning: Lame pictures to follow!!! Hubs has been really busy lately so I took my own "modeling pictures" in our mirror. 

Stop laughing! 

I mean it!

Anyway. Now that your gut is busted... go find something of your own to remake!


  1. I love this. And when will you be in Wichita????

  2. Stop by my blog tomorrow to post on my linky party?

  3. I'd totally freak out after cutting it :) Great job!

  4. LOVE the lace and elbow patches you added. Your refashion is way cuter than the original! Visitng from TT&J and here to invite you to link up to my fashion linky party! IT's called DIY Diva Thurs and we party every Th-M! Hope youll stop by :)


  5. Great job! I love recycling clothes into new and improved items. I'll have to remember this one. Thanks for sharing :)

  6. This is my first visit to your site. You are a funny, funny girl! I will have to come visit again.