DIY Cardigan with Fabric Shoulders

I really like adding material to shirts and cardigans, and I’ve been itching to finish this cardigan for weeks now. We’ve ALL done it, you start a project and then something happens and we get distracted and your project sits in a corner for a while. Yea, something like that happened with this project. This doesn’t really require very much sewing skill, I used a sewing machine to do all of the sewing. Though it will be slower, you can hand stitch this as well. DIY cadrigan with fabric

This sweater started out as an old red cardigan that I wasn’t wearing anymore. I decided to try sprucing it up with some fun fabric on the shoulders with the hopes that maybe I’d want to wear it again. I’m pretty satisfied with out it turned out! You’ll need about a yard of fabric, a cardigan, sewing machine (or needle and thread), scissors, pins and something to use to make a template with. DIY materials

I used Interfacing to put over the top of the sweater as a template. I traced what areas I wanted to add fabric  with the fabric pen and cut out the template. TIP: put the sweater on after you’ve pinned your template to the sweater to make sure you’re satisfied with the placement.DSCF1636 DSCF1634

Once I knew what areas I wanted to put fabric on, I was ready to cut my cardigan apart. DSCF1674

You will cut off the neck, the sleeves and you’ll cut the seams at the top of the shoulders. DSCF1640

You will use your template’s to place over the fabric to cut out the fronts and back of the sweater. I kept an inch to two inches excess around the edges so that I could iron over the edges, I am also a huge believe in you can always cut off more if you need too!DSCF1703

(You can click on the above image to see it larger so that you can see all of my notes, sorry for my horrible handwriting!!) I realized it was really hard for me to fully illustrate how to sew this all together, so I am hoping this diagram will help you. I sewed the tops of both of the shoulder pieces together and that made the piece you see in the above picture.

This piece now will be attached to the different parts of the cardigan.  The neckline that you cut away from the sweater will be attached to the half circle part of the fabric. Both sleeves will be attached to the sides, with the top of the sleeves meeting at the shoulder seam. Hopefully the diagram helps you.

I made a HUGE realization after I finished this… I didn’t need to cut the cardigan at ALL! I could’ve just covered the cardigan fabric and attached this to the cardigan rather than cutting it all away. Sometimes the most simple solutions are just staring you in the face so hard that you can’t even see it! Either way you will get the same exact results! DSCF1936

Here is the back of the sweater. I am pretty stoked with how it turned out and even though it took me a couple weeks to actually get through this one, I’m glad I finally finished it! Now I’m dreaming of more cardigan DIY’s



2 thoughts on “DIY Cardigan with Fabric Shoulders

  1. This is such a cute idea and looks great! I think I will try this out on one of my ‘tired’ cardigans ready for autumn. Thanks for sharing 🙂

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