Jumper to cardi

I’ve finally done it!

It’s been on my list for ages, and I even had a jumper ear-marked for it, and now I have finally done a jumper to cardi transformation :)
And here’s a how-to if you want to have a go too!

What you need:

What you do:

Jumper cardi3

Then you need to pin your bias binding all the way around the raw edges. As I said, I would make my bias binding a but wider if I was doing this again-it was super fiddly. And I am not very patient…
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Once I’d re-sewn the bits I’d missed, I tried it on. And it was a bit weird. The edge had gone really wavy-not sure why-can anyone explain?!

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Jumper cardi52Sorry about the rubbish photo quality!

So I decided to add a couple of buttons-I covered some metal button blanks (post to come!) and then sewed them on, so that the cardi is sewn shut at the top


I’m undecided as to whether I should leave it as it is, or to actually attempt buttonholes, so that I can have it open if I want to.
But given it’s too hot at the moment to wear it, I have some time to decide!



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lesleygcooper - 22/07/2014

It could have gone wavy because the bias binding needed stretching just a little bit as you sewed it on, in other words, there may be a little too much binding for the length of jumper edge

Jen - 22/07/2014

Ah, good point, thankyou!

angalmond - 22/07/2014

You might want to try going over the edge with a zigzag stitch before you pin the binding in place- this stay-stitching should help prevent stretching and waviness.

Jen - 22/07/2014

Oooh fab tip-thankyou!

Sue Parrott - 23/07/2014

Well done Jen cardi looks fab! Makes me jealous that I no longer have my sewing machine. The possibilities of transformations seem endless! It’s fantastic that you are encouraging everyone to upcycle, keep up the good work. Sue x

Becky A - 23/07/2014

That looks great! I don’t think I have any jumpers that would work that currently need upcycling (boo) but I’m going to file this away for later.

lindaswildlifegarden - 23/07/2014

Reblogged this on Linda's wildlife garden and commented:
Thank you Jen for sharing looks very nice indeed have a blessed week

ginacaro - 07/08/2014

Wow well done it looks great! Thanks for sharing on #ThriftyThursday :)

Jen - 07/08/2014

Thankyou :)

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