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So I got this shirt roughly 10 years ago. And I keep on keeping it because I like the stripes or something…and maybe the colors. But I can’t wear it because a) it’s too short and b) it’s too thick to layer with anything. And in the middle of last week’s closet-purging, in a blinding stroke of genius, I decided to make it a cardigan. But the fastest, kind of laziest way possible.

For this project, you'll need: an old shirt, scissors, a ruler, hem tape, thread, 1 button, and an iron.

Step 1: Step 1: Cut

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Use a ruler to draw a straight line down the front center of your shirt.....and cut.

Step 2: Step 2: Hem

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Following the manufacturer's directions, hem the cut edges using your hem tape and iron.

Step 3: Step 3: Button

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Pick an oversized button and sew it on one of the sides where a normal button should theoretically go. It’s just for show so it looks like a legit cardigan. We’re not going to dilly-dally with making a button hole or anything because that’s just out of the realm of my patience.

Step 4: Step 4: Show it off

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Now wear that bad boy with every single thing currently hanging in your closet. It will either match or not match in a very purposeful looking way. You've earned bragging rights.

LisaF2313 days ago

This simple idea sparked a few new ones for me. I have lace collars that I've removed from other pieces of apparel and, yes, I'll definitely bring out those fancy buttons for a pop of bling. Thanks for this.

Poly plum4 months ago
This no sew cardigan has the strangest instructions! they're so incomplete- Who posts tutorials on this site? after you see the just for looks button, how do you actually close the cardigan??? There's no belt, snap or button hole. someone didn't think this through.
K2G2 Poly plum14 days ago

She clearly stated that she did the fake button on purpose, so before u criticize someone elses idea, make sure u actually read it thru. if u want a belt, snap or button hole, then do as others and modify it for yourself instead of critiquing the way she chose her design.

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pyromonkey3 years ago
On mine I stitched down the hem and I made a button hole
pyromonkey3 years ago
Cool!! I have the perfect shirt to do that with too!! And Ive got TONS of buttons. I think Ill actually stitch the hem down, Ive had some serious bad luck with hem tape :/
twigs9093 years ago
omg got to try this great idea
Awesome and Thanks!
wenders3 years ago
omg that us a brilliant idea well done i am deffo doing that
susanrm3 years ago
Really cute!!
kbrooks33 years ago
Very nice! Gotta head to my closet now. Thanks for the post.
carakiller3 years ago
You could handsew a loop of cord or something the other side to the button so that it would actually button up (without having to do a buttonhole).
Mauigerbil3 years ago
Epic! This looks so easy I could do this in 5 minutes!
AronC08163 years ago
Cool! great idea.
I am a cardigan fanatic, I LOVE this! Thanks for sharing!
scoochmaroo3 years ago
So good. And what a great excuse to break out some fancy buttons!
I love it! I love being able to transform old clothes. I think it turned out really cute!