How to Make a Sweater Into a Cardigan

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Things You'll Need

  • Pullover sweater
  • Scissors
  • Measuring tape
  • Bias tape
  • Sewing machine
  • Thread

Pullover sweaters provide warmth and coziness to any outfit. However, it is harder to remove a pullover sweater when the heat increases or while indoors. Cardigan sweaters are more versatile and work with a variety of clothing styles. It is a simple process to convert a pullover sweater to a cardigan. All it takes is some basic sewing skills and a sewing machine to complete the transformation.

Fold the sweater in half down the middle front, placing the two sleeves together. Smooth out the sweater. Use scissors to make a small snip along the middle of the front of the sweater. Unfold the sweater and continue the cut from the waist to the neck.

Measure the length of the sweater from neck to waist. Cut two strips of bias tape 2 inches longer than this measurement.

Fold the raw edge of the sweater toward the inside of the sweater about ½ inch. Place the sweater fabric between the bias tape leaving the extra inch on the top and bottom of the sweater. Sew the tape and the fold to the sweater using a sewing machine.

Fold the extra bias tape down inside the sweater and sew into place. Repeat for the other side of the sweater.

Sew buttons to one side of the sweater. You can use buttons spaced evenly from top to bottom, or just add a few to the top or bottom of the sweater.

Pull the other side of the sweater over the buttons. Cut a small hole just large enough for each button to fit through. If necessary, use the button hole setting on your sewing machine to reinforce the edges around the holes to prevent fraying.