Free Draped Cardigan Sewing Pattern

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With this free draped cardigan sewing pattern you can make a cardigan the is adjustable for any size that is perfect for traveling.

Have you ever wanted to wrap yourself in a blanket? Or wear a blanket all day? Well this draped cardigan tutorial is for you.

Not only is it a gorgeous draped cardigan, it’s a cardigan that will fit any woman in your life. It’s a one-size fits all cardigan.

I also made the tutorial simple enough that anyone can make one. It only requires a sewing machine and no serger, and I share a trick for hemming the cardigan so there’s no wavy hem!

free draped cardigan sewing pattern

My goal was to make a cardigan that could fit anyone. I wanted it to be an easy gift that you can give anyone in your life.

The hem hangs asymmetrically so there’s no worry about getting a perfectly straight hemline. This is such a great beginner sewing project!

Free Cardigan Pattern and Tutorial - Heather Handmade

This free cardigan pattern and tutorial really is like wearing a warm blanket all day. It’d be amazing while traveling since you could snuggle up whenever you needed to.

Free Cardigan Pattern and Tutorial - Heather Handmade

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Free Cardigan Pattern and Tutorial - Heather Handmade

free draped cardigan sewing pattern



Trim the selvedges off of the edges.

Trim 4″ off of one side of the fabric going up and down with the grainline or the same direction as the selvedges you just cut off. *If you are sewing for someone shorter than average cut off more from the side like 8″ and then cut a 4″ piece like the one I have that can be used later.*

Free Cardigan Pattern and Tutorial - Heather Handmade

Fold the pattern in half with right sides together from the top to the bottom or fold along the grainline (NOT selvedge to selvedge).

Match up the raw edges on the sides and starting from the side opposite the fold, the sides with two raw edges, sew with a straight stitch up 20″ at 1/2″ seam allowances.

Free Cardigan Pattern and Tutorial - Heather Handmade

Press the seam allowances open. Then topstitch the seams on both sides which sews the seam allowance open. Instead of stopping at the top of the 20″ sew a small hem around the armhole with the fabric folded over 1/2″.

Free Cardigan Pattern and Tutorial - Heather Handmade

Lay the fabric flat with the seams and armholes on each side and the fold at the top. Cut a straight line through the very middle from the raw edge and stopping at the fold.

Where the cut stops, cut a raindrop shape from the top to make the cut one smooth, continuous seam.

Free Cardigan Pattern and Tutorial - Heather Handmade

Take the 4″ piece you cut from the edge. It is about the same length as the center cut. Fold the 4″ piece in half with wrong sides together. This is now the front band. Pin the raw edges of the band to the front cut with right sides together, and distribute the band evenly.

Sew the band to the center front with a straight stitch and a 3/8″ seam allowance.

From the front edgestitch next to the band and sew the band seam allowance towards the body of the cardigan.

Free Cardigan Pattern and Tutorial - Heather Handmade

Lay out your cardigan and make sure the bottom raw edge is straight.

Apply the hem tape to the hem per the product’s instructions. *The hem tape is not needed and it is an extra product to buy, but it will make it so you don’t have a wavy hem after sewing it.*

Sew the hem with a straight stitch at 3/4″. Press.

Free Cardigan Pattern and Tutorial - Heather Handmade

Enjoy your gorgeous draped and warm cardigan! I know this is a more time consuming tutorial than most, but it’s a simple construction and can fit any size. You can also make it only using a straight stitch and without a serger!

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

free draped cardigan pattern

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If there are 2 raw edges from the cutting in the store and then I trim off the selvages, aren’t there 4 raw edges? I’m confused at Step 3 already. Folding top to bottom depends on how you lay your fabric out. Does “not selvage to selvage” mean you fold by lining up the old selvages (that would be selvage to selvage) and then stitching on the old selvage raw line or you line up both old selvages on top of itself (also selvage to selvage) so the fold runs from the old selvage to selvage) on both sides and then sew along the raw store cutting line. Folding “with the grain” (to me that’s the length of the fabric with the selvages lined up against each other) seems the opposite of “NOT selvage to selvage”.