I had a great sweater from the blog swap that I had cut the sleeves off to lengthen a coat. I had the sweater hanging around, and I couldn’t think of anything to do with it. My sister suggested I turn it into a 3/4 sleeve cardigan. I thought it was a great idea even though I don’t look good in mustard, so I made this cardigan for my sister. Thus the lack of pictures of someone actually wearing it.
If you find a sweater that’s too long, here’s how to shorten a sweater.
What I did was cut straight up the middle, add binding to the sleeves and center fronts, add buttons and buttonholes, and then add a gathered piece to the neckline. Today I have a tutorial for the binding.
First, cut out strips of fabric on the bias and sew them together. My strips were an inch wide. Then I pinned a piece to the inside of the front edge lining up the edges.
Now to finish the top and bottom, cut the strip so there’s about a 1/2″ seam allowance past the edge.
Then fold the end into an “M” with the right side of the fabric in the middle of the “M”.
Sew straight across lining your stitch up with the edge of the sweater.
It should look like this.
Fold right sides out and you will have a clean seam that lines up with the bottom of the sweater. The edges of the binding will be sewn folded inside.
Fold the unsewn edge over at 1/4″ and then pin to the sweater.
Do this to the whole front edge and then sew the edge down.
Once you have one side done, do it to the other and anywhere else you might need it like the sleeves. The sleeves you won’t have to do the “M” edge though because it connects to itself. Add any other embellishing that you want to for a cute cardigan!
I took my extra bias strip, folded it in half and gathered the raw edge with my serger. I sewed this piece onto the neckline.
My sister was pretty excited when I gave it to her. My mom even wanted one too! My mom’s coloring is like mine though, and we can’t do warm colors so my sister will get to enjoy the cardigan all by herself.
It’s also good to know how to fix a hole in a sweater, because it might get ripped!
Learn How to Sew Your Own Clothes
- If you want to learn how to sew your own clothing you need to start somewhere. These are the Things I Wish I Could Tell Myself Before I Started Sewing. They will help any beginner who wants to learn how to sew.
- Then you can read some Tips to Start Sewing Clothing.
- Once you start you’ll get better at using a sewing machine, but you’ll make clothing that you might not wear or love. I made every mistake and this is How to Sew Clothing You’ll Love. (Avoid my mistakes!)
- As you get better and better you’ll need to learn How to Choose Fabric for Sewing Clothes and the Best Fabrics for Sewing Clothing. I recommend fabrics that I love, but you’ll find the fabric you love the best.
- You can use paper patterns which are great to buy on sale or you can use PDF patterns which are great for instant gratification. There are lots of Different Ways to Assemble PDF Patterns so you need to find what works for you.
- Lastly, when you are sewing your own clothing and you are drawn to lots of different printed fabric, you need to learn How to Make a Versatile Handmade Wardrobe + Free Printable so that all the items in your wardrobe can coordinate with another item of clothing and be worn!