Feb 22, 2010

Something New From Something Old: Refashion How-to

Today begins the shifting from something old (this family blog) to something new (a crafty blog). I have wanted to have a crafting blog for awhile and have finally decided to make the leap. There will still be a family blog, which I will start up sometime soon (and let you know), and of course I still have my boys blogs.

Why a crafting blog? Really there are only a couple of reasons...

1. I have always needed courage to put my ideas into actions...so here is one big dose of courage...I actually feel like I have to throw up as we speak.

2. This gives me a creative outlet.

3. Crafting makes me happy. Everyone needs a good dose of happiness. I am going to be honest with ya all, after having sweet baby number three, I have been sent on more emotional roller coasters than I can remember AND yes crafting makes me happy, so here is my little dose of medicine.

SO there ya have it. I hope you will still be my friend and follower in this crafting journey. Really not much is going to change here...just more projects. 

Because I am anal about organizing my thoughts...I have given a theme to each day. Mondays is going to be Refashion, Reuse, and Recycle. Check on back each day this week for my other themes...I can just feel your anticipation...

SO drum roll please, here is my first Monday Refashion--

A Touch of Spring Sweater

Start with a long-sleeved cardigan you have grown bored with...


Do this...


Fold your sweater in half, so that the shoulder seams line up. Decide how long you want your new sleeves, and cut.

Cut again about an inch above your cuff. Set aside extra sleeve piece, we will use later...hehehe...


About now, things should look a little like this...




Using a basting stitch, sew once around bottom of new sleeve opening at 1/4 inch. Sew again a 1/4 inch from that seam. Using ends of thread, gather the fabric slightly like so...



Flip cuff inside out. Slide over the new opening of your sleeve. Pin the cut ends together. and sew with a seam allowance that will match with the start of the cuff. Repeat for other sleeve. Turn out. Sleeves done!



Moving on to another touch of spring for your sweater. Take the left over sleeve pieces.



Cut them open and lay flat.



Make each extra piece a rectangle. Cut strips varying from 1- 1/5 inches in width. Cut 8-10.



Sew with a basting stitch along bottom edge. Then gather into a ruffle.



Roll each ruffle into a flower shape, do this one at a time. With a needle and thread, hand sew each flower closed. Finish all your flowers. 



Sew on to the collar, going down the front of your cardigan. Be creative, do this anyway that looks good to you.



Now you are done, and you end up with this girly little number...








Just another thanks for joining me in this journey. I am sure it is going to be fun little ride.

9 comments:

Stockhoff Family said...

It looks gorgeous! Love you

ColleenandKendra said...

Well, now isn't that cute.

RTichy said...

Really cute, I want to add some texture and interest to my half dozen boring cardigans and something like this would be perfect!!

Whatever Dee-Dee wants said...

Oh so cute!

ch3ryl said...

so lovely, thanks for sharing. Will definitely keep tis as a project :)

Haley said...

Nice! I've got some old cardigans that were waiting for a project just like this to come along.

Kari said...

Now I can save the sweater I just decided I was bored with - thanks! Great tutorial. If I blog it, I'll link back.

Tif said...

Wow! Great job!

Holly said...

Oh this is beautiful! I'm glad you found the courage to share it. You did a wonderful job.

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