This post may contain affiliate links indicated with a *. Read the full disclosure here
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.
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.
Color Blocked Cardigan Refashion Tutorial
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.
If you find two different cardigans, make sure they’re the same width. If one is bigger than the other, take the sides in.
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.
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.
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.
Do the same on the top color.
Pin the two pieces together with right sides together.
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.
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.
*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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
If you make something using this tutorial, I’d love to see! Please share it on social media with the hashtag #heatherhandmade and tag me!