Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Sweater Re-make

 I saw this idea in a craft book I got out of the library and thought I would make one for my daughter.


  • Solid colored, long sleeve button down sweater - I found this one at a local consignment shop.
  • Co-ordinating fabric for the ruffles, covered buttons and flower.  I believe I bought 1/4 yard.
  • Fabric for the leaves for the flower.   I used a piece of brown wool that I felted.  (Washed in hot water and dried in dryer.)
  • Fabric glue for flower.
  • Pin back and hot glue gun.
  • Co-ordinating ribbon for sleeve ruffle.
  • Button kit sized to match the buttons on sweater- I bought mine at JoAnn's.

Here is a close up of the fabric I used.


1.  Decide where you want the ruffle to start (somewhere near the elbow).  Measure and mark both sleeves, then cut.
2.  Cut two pieces of the co-ordinating fabric 5" by 22" inches.  This is for a XS sweater so you might want to make it longer and wider for a larger size.  
3.  Sew the short seam together on both pieces.  
4.  Hem one end of each ruffle.
5.  Make basting stitches on the unfinished end.  Make sure you back stitch when you start. The fabric will gather better if you use two lines of basting.  Pull both top threads to make the gathers.  
6.  Pin right side of sweater and right side of ruffle together and stitch.
7.  Using the ribbon you chose, sew it down where the two fabrics meet.
8.  Using the button kits, cover the new buttons with the co-ordinating fabric. 
9.  Use remaining fabric to create a flower pin.  Take a long strip and start rolling it up, twisting the fabric (turning it over)  every half turn or so, gluing as you turn. Let dry. Cut a circle with leaves attached out of felt or wool and hot glue the flower on.  Hot glue a pin to the back.  

All done!  A spiffy new look for an old sweater.

Thanks for stopping by!



Emily said...

love it!

Kathleen said...

Thanks Emily!

Stephanie said...

OMG this is adorable... I'm now a follower :)

Kathleen said...

I am glad you liked it Stephanie. If you try one of your own I would love to see a picture!

Anonymous said...

Holy cuteness Batman! I've added this to my list of projects. Fabulous job to you!

Kathleen said...

Thanks Retro Mama! :) I would love to see yours when you make one!

Heather said...

Your sweater turned out so dang cute! Thanks for linking to Your so Very Creative! I featured it today at Featuring You Friday! Go check it out and grab a button! so dang cute!

Seamingly Smitten said...

This is fantastic! It really makes a plain cardigan very trendy! Please add this to my linky party on Wednesday :)

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