No-Sew Old Sweater Into a New Cardigan




Introduction: No-Sew Old Sweater Into a New Cardigan

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Here is another No Sew way to recycle your old clothes.

This project is inexpensive and will only take you 15 minutes to do!
For this tutorial we will take old shirts and sweaters and turn them into cardigans!
You can never have too many cardigans in my opinion!

Step 1: What You Will Need

What You Will Need:
-Old Shirt or Sweater (Know that some sweaters will fall apart when you cut them. If you use a sweater use one that is light weight)
-Heat and Bond (Found at any craft or fabric store. You can use regular or super strength)
-Hard surface to iron

Step 2: Cut the Sweater in the Front

Start by laying your sweater flat.

Now take your scissors and cut up the middle.

Step 3: Lay Sweater on a Hard Surface

Lay your sweater on a hard surface that you can iron on.

Lay one of the sides of your sweater face down.
Now we are going to clean up the raw edge with the heat and bond.

Step 4: Hem the Sweater With the Heat and Bond

Lay a strip of Heat and Bond down a 1/2" from the edge of your sweater.

Fold the sweater over the Heat and Bond tape and iron it.
Please read the Heat and Bond instructions before using it.

I would iron the Heat and Bond on in sections.
It is hard do an entire side at once.

Do this to both sides of the sweater.

If you want an even cleaner look fold the sweater's edge over and heat and bond it again

Step 5: Clip Off Ends That Stick Out

Clip off any ends that stick out.


I hope you enjoyed this tutorial.

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Happy Crafting!!

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    3 years ago

    This is great! I have so many sweaters and finally know what to do with them. Thank you.


    4 years ago

    Excellent tutorial. While I was reading it, a cherished memory came back to me; so thank you so much! I was thinking that if you might be worried about a sweater falling apart turn it inside out and draw the centre line. Then use the fusible bond and iron straight on top of the marked line. The point is to reinforce the sweater before you cut it. remembered cutting up the backs of my mother's 'nighties' when she was hospitalized. I simply sewed ties to them. Mom was in hospital, true, but she was wearing her own nightgowns and not the ones the hospital provided.:)


    9 years ago on Introduction

    Nice! Now I ask how you would recommend doing this to a chunky sweater? :)