Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Top to Cardi Refashion

For this project I used another shirt that I almost gave to Goodwill. I liked how soft the shirt was, but I didn't like the fit. It was a little too loose, and looked a little frumpy on me. I decided to make a cardigan out of it. 
 The first thing you need to do is fold your shirt in half, and cut straight down the center. 

 I used left over knit from another project to make the ruffles. I cut out long stripes about 1 inch wide, then I ruffled them. 

 This ruffle tip will make your life so much easier! Just change the stitch length to 5.0 and the tension up to the highest number your machine can go. Then you will have an automatic ruffle; you need to know this if you have a girl. This has made my life so much easier! I hate pulling thread to make a ruffle. 
 Then I pinned my ruffle to the front of the shirt. I then stitched it down the center, remember to backstitch at the beginning and end of the ruffle. (My ruffle fabric does not match the top perfectly, but I think it's fine.)

 I hand stitched a snap to the top of the cardigan. Then I added a button on top. 

 Now you have a new cardigan! 


  1. Cute! Thanks for the ruffle tip, I think I'm going to test it out tomorrow...

  2. So super cute. And yes, what a fabulous way to make a ruffle. Very Creative! Thank you bunches for linking up with up last week for Mop It Up Mondays at i should be mopping the floor! Hope you can join us again tomorrow! Enjoy the rest of your weekend!

  3. Soooo cute with the ruffle! Thanks for joining us on our "Strut Your Stuff Saturday." We hope you come back next Saturday. We would love to have you share more wonderful ideas! -The Sisters