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Color Blocked Cardigan Refashion Tutorial

Take two cardigans and turn them into one cardigan. This color blocked cardigan refashion is a great way to change the length of the body and sleeves.

I have a great tutorial to share that combines two cardigans into one. I will be teaching how to color blocking cardigans for women and specifically sweater knits. It’s a great way to practice sewing knit fabric since you aren’t sewing all the details.

Tutorial: Color Blocked Cardigan For Stretch Yourself

I’ve been eyeing the color blocked trend for awhile, but didn’t quite know how to go about it. I love cardigans, so I thought I’d try color blocking a cardigan. Luckily, I was able to find two cardigans at a thrift store with the same knit and in colors that I love.

I love refashioning and you can one of try these refashion clothes tutorials or one of these sweater refashion tutorials.

Tutorial: Color Blocked Cardigan For Stretch Yourself

Color Blocked Cardigan Refashion Tutorial

Supplies

Easiest: buy two of the same cardigans in different colors.

Harder: find or thrift two cardigans that are made from similar knit. If you want to make cuffs like at the end of this tutorial, make sure the knit is a double knit. That means when you stretch the fabric, it doesn’t shrink vertically.

Tutorial: Color Blocked Cardigan For Stretch Yourself

If you find two different cardigans, make sure they’re the same width. If one is bigger than the other, take the sides in.

Tutorial: Color Blocked Cardigan For Stretch Yourself

Decide where you want the next block of color to start; I wanted an empire line. Make sure it’s in between two buttons.

Measure up and mark the seam line all the way around the cardigan. Then mark 1/2 inch down for the seam allowance line.

Tutorial: Color Blocked Cardigan For Stretch Yourself

For the bottom color, I wanted to add as much length as possible. Mark the seam line in between two buttons. Mark both the seam line and seam allowance line all around the cardigan.

Tutorial: Color Blocked Cardigan For Stretch Yourself

Baste above the seam line and in between the seam line and seam allowance line. Cut on the seam allowance line. Basting stabilizes the knit while cutting and sewing.

Tutorial: Color Blocked Cardigan For Stretch Yourself

Do the same on the top color.

Pin the two pieces together with right sides together.

Tutorial: Color Blocked Cardigan For Stretch Yourself

Sew them together with a zigzag at 1/2 inch seam allowance. I did a 3.6 zigzag width.

Take out the four basting stitches.

Sew another zigzag next to the first in the seam allowance and then trim closely.

Tutorial: Color Blocked Cardigan For Stretch Yourself

With a slight zigzag (I did 1.1 width) and sew the seam allowance down. This will make the seam wave a little, but it can be ironed out.

Tutorial: Color Blocked Cardigan For Stretch Yourself

*Optional Steps (Do these steps if your knit is a double knit and does not shrink when stretched.)

Decide how long you want your sleeve cuff, 3 inch, and cut off that much minus seam allowance. I cut 2.5 inch. Measure the width of where you cut. Multiply by .85 to get your cuff width.

Tutorial: Color Blocked Cardigan For Stretch Yourself

Use the sleeves from the unused top cardigan. Make sure it’s two parallel seams. Use the width measurement and then for the length, double the cuff amount. So my cuff is 7 inch = 3 + 3 + 1 inch seam allowance.

Tutorial: Color Blocked Cardigan For Stretch Yourself

Fold cuff in half wrong sides together. Match cuff seam to cardigan seam. Stretch to fit and pin.

Sew the cuff to the sleeve with a zigzag at 1/2 inch.

Tutorial: Color Blocked Cardigan For Stretch Yourself

Cut off 1.5 inch from the bottom of the cardigan. Make a cuff for the bottom of the cardigan by using the leftover cardigan piece. Make it .85 times smaller than the cut length of the cardigan. It should be 5 inch tall.

Fold lengthwise and match the ends right sides together. Sew 1/4 inch from the edge.

Turn right side out.

Tutorial: Color Blocked Cardigan For Stretch Yourself

Divide both the band and the cardigan into four and match pins. Sew with a zigzag at 1/2 inch.

Fold the seam allowance up towards the cardigan and tack.

Add a button and buttonhole to the band.

Tutorial: Color Blocked Cardigan For Stretch Yourself

That’s it! You have a fabulous color blocked cardigan! I would love trying this with prints or stripes too. Wouldn’t that be fun? I hope everyone had a wonderful weekend and got some sewing done! If you are sewing stripes this is how to match stripes.

Tutorial: Color Blocked Cardigan For Stretch Yourself

If you make something using this pattern, I’d love to see! Please share it on social media with the hashtag #heatherhandmade and tag me!

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Super cute! I can't wait to not be pregnant, I'm totally making one of these.

love this. And pinned.

I love the color-blocking especially on the cuffs. So great!

That is super cute on you!

What a cute idea! I sew sweater knits too! I like your idea of basting to stabilize the knit fabric while cutting. I'm going to give it a try if a particular knit is giving me the blues. Thanks. 🙂

Hi There! Stumbled across your blog..I love when that happens hehe
this looks great, I may have to try it one day:)

I love it! This turned out so cute. I will pin it!

Heather, thanks soooooo much! I've pinned this to "Sew Many Projects".

I have bunches of simple t-shirts and tanks from just a few years ago that fit perfectly but are way too short for today's tunic style. Since they are the same maker, purchased during the same season, the knits and colors are ideal for piecing together.

I will totally link back to you if I manage to pull this off and look as great as you do!
Thanks!
Jan

PS ~ my Sew Many Projects pin board is FULL of Feather's Flights tips and ideas.

Great colour combo…

Hey, that's great! Unfortunately, I don't have similar cardigans at the moment, but I would buy them just to try this 🙂
What did you do with the remaining parts? Did you make a second one, with reversed blocks?

That is really awesome. I'm totally doing that this weekend!

This turned out so beautiful! Great job! 🙂

This turned out so great. You are a fiend with the sweaters! Now I need to go thrifting…

So cute!! I love this idea! Perfect for rehabbing your favorite cardigan that may have a stain on it somewhere. Great tutorial, Heather!

Heather I absolutely love this! I do think this would be so amazing with different prints, or maybe solids and prints. Thank you so much for doing this, and thank you THANK YOU for taking the time to put in all those links, you're so awesome! xo

That is such a cute cardigan. I have been digging on navy lately.
And that last picture, you look so cute! Your hair is getting long, and it looks so pretty.