Recycle and upcycle an old sweater into a cute oversized cardigan for your little girl. With the step by step tutorial you will end up with a fully lined piece.
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I wrote this about a year ago for the Sewing Rabbit and thought it would be nice to share it again. Just in time for the colder months ahead or for a last minute gift. All you need is an old sweater, an old tee-shirt and some yarn....
I am a little emotional as I write this post, since it's my last tutorial as part of the Sewing Rabbit team. I just want to say how much I've enjoyed coming here every month and sharing some fun idea and DIY's with you all. I can't thank Jess enough for giving me such a great and amazing opportunity- thank you from the bottom of my heart!
All right, so let's get on with this tutorial shall we? Today I will show you how to recycle a sweater into a hat and matching scarf for anyone in your family. You might even be able to make 2 from one large sweater.
You will also have the option of adding one or even 2 pompoms for some extra cuteness factor. All in all, here is the base and it is up to you to have fun with it!
Gather all your supplies and let's get started…
Grab your sweater- the larger and the softer the better. Lay it flat, making sure your front and back hems are well aligned. Now grab a hat you love and turn it inside out. Lay it right on the edge of your sweater at the hem.
You want to cut around your hat. HOWEVER, you want to make it 0.5 inches wider on each side at the top of your original ( see dotted lines for reference in step 1).
You can also cut out your scarf. I made mine 3.5 inches wide and as long as the sweater allowed. I only cut the sweater at one end of the scarf on the lower scarf ( so I don't need to sew the front and back together).
*** If you are only making one set of hat and scarf, then you can cut out 2 extra pieces and sew them together for a longer scarf.
Fold your hat in two- right sides facing. You will sew a dart at the centre of your hat on both front and back pieces. Sew at 0.5 inches to nothing and make your dart approximately 2.5 inches long. You can use a pin to determine the length.
Put both front and back pieces of your hat right sides together and sew all around at 0.5 inches form the edge. Then zigzag or overlock to avoid the edges from unraveling. Turn inside out. Iron your seams.
Cut some jersey knit the same length as the scarf pieces you cut from your sweater.
*** if your scarf pieces are in multiple pieces, sew them together first and iron open your seams.
Place the scarf pieces, right sides facing together and sew all around at o.5 inches from the edge. Leave a small opening approximately 2 inches. Turn inside out and sew close the opening preferably by hand. Iron down your seams.
There you have a Hat and Scarf set for him and her.
I added a few pompoms for some fun. 1 large one for my son made with some bulky wool and a large pompom maker. For my daughter, I made 2 pompoms with some medium weight yarn and a medium size pompom maker. I then sewed them onto the hats, making sure I catch the middle yarn of the pompom and securing it tightly.
It is really that simple. If you find your sweater to be itchy, you can always add some polar fleece or even just some knit jersey on the inside of the hat to make it more comfortable.
My kids had fun wearing their new hats and scarf. We went luging at the park near our house. We are lucky to have a small hill, perfect for sliding down. We also have an outdoor ice skating ring and a lot of white space to play in and build hundreds of snowman!
Making snow angels is always a favorite!
And here we go! It isn't always warm enough to go out for long, so when the weather permits it, we jump on the occasion. This year we've had a few snow storms already, looks like we will have plenty of snow for the months to come. So you can imagine that we can never have too many hats and scarves !
Thank you all for reading my tutorials and leaving such warm and encouraging comments. I will miss you! Wishing you all a very HAPPY and WONDERFUL NEW YEAR!!!
Hello! I am taking part of the wonderful series organized by the lovely ladies at
today and bringing home a skirt tutorial I did a year ago over at the Sewing Rabbit. Everyone can take part of Skirting Issue- the idea is to sew up some skirts to then be donated to foster care centers. I mean what a great idea! You can read a lot more about it
and see how you can help. How about you try my very easy Reversible paper bag skirt to donate?
Today's tutorial is for a simple reversible paper bag skirt with lot's of flare and flat felled seams. I will provide you with the measurements I used, however fell free to play around as you can get many different looks depending on how much fabric you decide to use.
I made my daughters and mine slightly different, specially at the waist, all in all it's really all the same technique. Are you ready to get started? Not too fast, first lets learn how to make flat felled seams!
This type of seam is great for making things reversible, for finishing bags without lining and is often used in denim.
***Don't forget to sew at 2cm from the edge for your first seam.
What you will need:
- Fabric A & B: For Fabric A, I used my daughters old swaddle blankets and for fabric B I used a 100% cotton which I found in the quilting section at the fabric store. Have fun with your fabrics, make one side quirkier than the other! I made sure both sides matched since you can see a little of the reverse on one of the sides.
- Bias tape ( as long as the circumference of your skirt). I bought mine at the fabric store, but you could use
- Elastic, mine is 0.75 cm wide. I used 2 strips for my daughters skirt and 4 in mine.
You could use a wider elastic too if you like. I just thought the effect was pretty with all the multiple elastics.
- General sewing supplies.
Now we are ready to get started on our reversible skirt.
I used the same amount of fabric for the width of my skirt as I did for my daughters , the more flare you want, the more fabric you should have. If you choose to use less fabric, be sure it's short enough so you can still walk in it! I made hers shorter of course, according to the measurement from her belly button to her knees.
Now onto Fabric A...
Step 7: For my daughter's skirts I sewed 2 elastics 1.5 cm apart and the first being 5cm (4cm finished) from the edge. For my skirt (see below), I sewed 4 elastics, 1cm apart and only 2cm ( 1cm finished) from the edge. I started off with more fabric on top, but found it added a lot of bulk and made me look "heavy". I'm very pleased with less fabric as it is much more flattering. Had I used less fabric, I might have made it more like my daughters.
*** note: I made my daughters elastic a little looser, instead of removing 3cm to her waist measurement, I kept it as is. I also wanted her skirt to fall below her waist making it a little more comfortable as she is only 4.
Here is a look at some of the details.
And now for the photo shoot!
I thought I would make this side a little more dressed up, I paired the skirt with a vintage blouse both on me and my daughter.
You can see what is looks like from the back and side. Since this is a high waisted skirt and with lots of volume you don't need to worry about the making the front shorter than the back.
And for the reverse side I thought of making it a little more casual looking. I paired the skirts with some basic tank tops, a belt and some sandals.
Now, I just wanted to let you know that I would never go out with my daughter looking like this all matchy-matchy from head to toe! This was in good fun for the photo shoot. I would be comfortable wearing the opposite side on Mother's day or for a special occasion. I am not too much into matching mother-daugther outfits, although I have to say this was fun and my daughter LOVED it!
and well, I just couldn't leave this photo out!
Lastly, my daughter loved twirling in her skirt. I am so happy I made hers nice and full. I also know she will be able to enjoy it for a couple years as she has plenty of room to grow into it.
SO I am totally not going according to what I planned, in case you read my guest post on the KCW blog. Instead I decided to make things that have been sitting in a pile first. Everything for this outfit was already cut and the pants were practically done.
Lets start with the top. You might recognize the fabric from my Sally Dress, well the fabric was bought for this top originally. It's a medium weight knit with a little stretch in it and I LOVE it! I just might get some more...
There is nothing like wearing your favourite jeans on an ordinary day.
The cap is made from an up-cycled sweatshirt- I used to sell these when I had my little clothing company Laila B. I have made quite a few over the years! I am thinking of digitizing the pattern and selling it...
The raglan tee was going to be for the Alphabet Collection, but the black and the striped made the outfit too 80's goth and it really wasn't what I was going for. So it stayed unfinished until now.
The sweatpants... what can I say, I want a pair! It's loosely based on the banyan pant made on Monday, I lowered the crotch, narrowed the leg took away the pleats and zipper, widened the waistband, added the side panels and the back color block detail. I basically kept the pockets.
I think Mister M is ready to kick some ninja butt!
In this outfit everything has been up-cycled. The same thing happened to these grey jeans as did to the blue ones up top, so I decided to do the same thing. I think I made the black panel a little toooo long. Oh well these will fit until he is 10! The jeans came with the gingham cuff already- how cute!
The sweatshirt I made last fall for KCW, you can see more details here.
Speaking of KCW- you are maybe thinking what on earth do I have left to sew? Funnily enough, I am guest posting on the KCW blog today and precisely talking about my plans for this October- come on over and say hello!
One last thing, these outfit are never complete without the back pack (find the tutorial here) I made him for his first day at kindergarten. It's the one item he wears every day!
So there you have it. The great thing is that everything can pretty much be mix and matched, making the possibilities endless. What have you sewn for your kindergartener? Or perhaps you buy all new clothes? Do you have a special thing you do for back to school? Cut hair maybe! or buy new shoes?
You can add what you've been sewing to the flickr group wether your child is in daycare or high school. You can use the hashtag #sewingforkindergarten.
Also don't forget to check Sewing Like Mad to see what everyone else has been doing in the series... lot's to get inspired by that's for sure!
See you here next year when Miss E start Kindergarten too!
It is my turn on the TUMBLE TEE blog tour. Yay!
has released her second
and it doesn't disappoint. As you might have noticed, I can't seem to resist a good pattern remix- Dj Celina is in the house!!! I present to you: The 2 Way Up Cycled Sweatshirt Tumble Tee Cardigan Dress. Now how is that for a title!!!
In all it's simplicity the
has lots of fun different variations you can do- colour block, tee or dress, one colour, 2, 3, 4! The pattern is simple and the sewing instructions clear. A really quick, specially there are no sleeves! However, with fall fast approaching- the leaves are already starting to change colours here, I didn't think Miss E would get much use for a short sleeve t-shirt. So it got me thinking... and the sweatshirt idea came to mind and then evolved into a dress or cardigan.
So you can wear the piece in both direction- reversible?! With the zipper in the back, you have a comfy dress and with the exposed zipper at the front it becomes a fun cardigan perfect for layering. It can get really cold up here and we can never have enough layering pieces in our wardrobes.
So I thought it would be fun to guide you in case you wanted to make your own Tumble Tee Cardigan Dress. First buy your pattern
. Once you've printed and pieced your pattern pieces together- which was so easy to do! Grab the 2 pattern pieces needed to make the Dress with the colour block bottom. I choose my size for Miss E according to the provided measurements- this is a loose fitting tee so don't be afraid to go smaller. I used a size 3.
1. with the top pattern pieces, I cut off 8 cm in the length- straight across. I sort compared to a top Miss E had to gage how short I wanted the waistline to fall. Cut 2 pieces.
2. with the bottom I added 8cm. Cut 2 pieces.
3. I put my pattern pieces from step 1 on a fold and cut 1.
4. I took my pattern piece from step 2 and cut that on a fold.
5. I cut 2 rectangles to create sleeves, which I attached to my armhole. I din
I gathered my bottom and sewed it to the bodice ( i didn't want to overlock the edge so I added a nice bias trim to cover it), added an exposed zipper and Voila!
Oh but wait! My old sweatshirt was looking kinda blah. So before I sewed my pieces together I spruced it up with some EASY 2 minute potato stamping technique. The possibilities are endless...
Miss E choose the bird cookie cutter we had. It is really nice to get the kids involved with the design, I try my best to that. They end up loving those pieces so much more...
Are you ready:
1. cut your potato in 2.
2. grab your cookie cutter, press it down in the middle of your potato. Take a sharp knife and cut all around.
3. Remove the cookie cutter and excess potato.
4. Dab some paint on your stamp and test on paper or a scrap of fabric! You might have to trim your potato to make your stamp nice and flat. If you are printing on fabric chance you can get away with some imperfections.
5. Stamp away, adding a little paint between each stamp. Let dry and Iron.
Easy as 1... 2... 3!!!
I am not sure my fabric looks like a bird print, but it is pretty cool anyhow. Most importantly Miss E loves it.
I suggest printing before you sew, only because it makes it look more professional. However, you can do this on any clothing you have! If the material is fine, I suggest putting a piece of paper between your fabric layers to pretend leakage to the other side. I have done this many many times.
I just love the zipper I found at my local fabric shop, it has a herringbone tape. There was no way I was hiding that!
And now flip the dress around and you have a cardigan or as we like to call them around here a zippy-up.
Here you can slightly see the bias tape I applied at my waistline seam. It adds a pop of colour and looks prettier when the zip-up is open.
Wear it open or close...
Dress it up or down... Yay!
If you are wondering, the polka dot t-shirt is from Joe Fresh, The skinny jeans are from Joe's jeans, The shoes are Pumas and The scarf is a vintage Vera.
Now you've seen my pattern remix, but if you want to see how versatile this pattern really is, check out what everyone else on the tour has been doing. And don't forget the pattern is available for purchase in the
This is a great little project for beginners- just saying to all my non-sewing readers!!!
I'm bringing home a tutorial I did for
about a year ago, the DIY neon shoes. It's an oldie but I think still a goodie! If you think neon is passé, try painting your toe cap in a pastel or perhaps just your favourite color. I still think neon is a great option!
Actually, my daughter outgrew her neon shoes so quickly that this post is to remind me to have a go at it again- a cute pair of Miss E's Mary-Janes could really use a make-over.
I'd like to take this opportunity to thank Rachel of
La Petite Magazine
- she is simply awesome and ever so inspiring. Have you had a look at the
, it's oh so pretty and look out the
is coming out any day now...
All right, so are you ready to get your ne-on?
What you need:
- Shoes: any shoe whether suede, leather or canvas.
- Paint: white and neon
- Masking Tape
- Outdoor Gloss Sealer (optional for shiny finish).
- Liquid Stitch or any strong glue can do.
- Grosgrain ribbon or any ribbon.
Choose how much of the shoe you want painted and apply your masking tape. Press down
firmly, to avoid any paint bleed. I like to use Painter’s tape because I feel like it is more
delicate and less likely to damage your shoes.
TIP: remove the shoes laces if there are any, it will be easier to work with the shoes and if
you choose to keep the original lace you avoid the possibility of them getting painted on.
If your shoes are dark in color, I recommend painted the selected area in white first. Your
neon color will come out brighter.
Once your white paint is completely dry, paint over with your neon color. You might need
several coats to get the desired color; I applied 3 coats of pink in total. Let the paint dry
between each coat, if you are pressed for time you can use a blow dryer.
Apply a coat of Outdoor Gloss Sealer; this will make your shoe shiny looking. I used 2 coats
of gloss, and once again waited 30 minutes between each coat.
I strongly recommend this step if you are painting on leather shoes, as it will give your
paint job a similar shiny finish as the leather. You can skip this step if you like, it purely for
Once your paint and gloss is dry, remove the tape carefully and wash off any left over paint
on the soles of the shoes.
Cut 2 strips of ribbon; make sure it’s a little longer than what you actually need. Apply some
liquid stitch or any strong permanent glue you might have (preferably some glue that dries
clear). Press the ribbon down firmly onto the shoes covering the line between your painted
area and the fabric.
Cut off the ends and add a dab of glue and smudge it, this will avoid the ribbon fraying. Let it
dry 24 hours and add some glue if you feel the need.
Replace the old laces with some ribbon. Cut 2 pieces of ribbon, the same length as your
original shoelaces, don’t forget to cut the ends on an angle to avoid any fraying. Have fun
and use a different color for your laces if you’d like. Enjoy!
Tip: avoid using satin ribbons for shoelaces, they tend to slip and come undone easily.
Voila! And you're done!
If you try this or any other tutorials of mine don't forget to use the hashtag #petitcool on FB, twitter and IG so I can see what you've made. You can use the hashtag if you made, did, sew or even buy something inspired by Petit a Petit and family- that would be pretty cool. I could get a great sense of how you're getting inspired, that would just be awesome and make my day!