Sweater Refashion

It’s starting to snow again. They say another blizzard is on it’s way.

Which brings us to the big question……should I cook or should I sew?

Hmmmmm…..how ’bout a quick sweater refashion, then perhaps I’ll bake some treats for thoseΒ patient men in my household.

Pullover to cardigan refashion tutorial

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Ok, now maybe I’ll make that pumpkin cheesecake my husband has been hinting about for weeks.

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About The Renegade Seamstress

I'm a busy wife, mom, grandma, and teacher who loves to create. I've joined the refashion scene and I 'd like to share and connect with all those talented and creative people out there doing similar things.
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145 Responses to Sweater Refashion

  1. ooobop! says:

    You are a never ending magic box of wonderful tricks, Beth. But I’m sure you are told that every day! πŸ™‚

  2. shawnfrommn says:

    Wow – i wonder how you come up with all these idea’s!!! This is beautiful!!

  3. Wow, so simple and such creative thinking! I am inspired…

    • Thanks, Tracy. I’ve had this sweater for quite awhile now just waiting for the right idea. I loved the color and wanted to do something simple. Sewing on the leather was a little more time consuming than I anticipated, but it all worked out in the end. Have a great week!

  4. brenda says:

    I love the sweater. Green is my favorite color. I really want to make one. Thanks for the idea.

  5. mari says:

    beth, your never ending energy is inspiring….love the green and love the sweater….looking forward to seeing what you do for winter break! miss you

    • Hey, Mari!!! Found another “Miss you” sticky note on Friday. Every time I find one, I feel like I just got a hug from you!! It’s amazing how you can make me smile, even when you live so far away. Hope you are staying warm up there!! Hugs, Beth

  6. Joelle Foong says:

    Simple yet chic and beautiful! Thks for the idea!

  7. Mother Deer says:

    Another very creative design. I am not able to summon the courage to cut into things the way that you do. Do you ever have any failed projects? Will you finish the edges on this sweater, or will they stay intact without any help?

  8. SUPER cute as always, Beth! πŸ™‚

  9. BeingZhenya says:

    That is super adorable! I now wish I would’ve saved some of the freecycled sweaters, that I donated!

  10. That’s very cool!! I love how that looks. you are just so talented!

  11. Jo H. says:

    Re Mother Deer’s comment and your reply above – I would love to see a bloopers post – I’m always afraid to cut into garments, too. I guess I need to get over that … but seeing that someone else doesn’t magically ace every project might be helpful! This sweater refashion is very original and becoming.

    • I’ll have to check and see if I saved any of the photos from my bloopers. It could actually be a fun post to do. Plus it would be worth it if would help inspire you to take some risks and start cutting. Thanks for all of your encouragement, makes this so much more fun for me.
      Have a great week!

      • Marcy Misner says:

        I agree. I, too, have to get over the ‘Darnit, I paid 50 cents for that sweater, and I don’t want to ruin it!’ thought I have each time. haha πŸ˜‰

        I have just found your website and I am REALLY enjoying the gallery upon gallery of projects you have refashioned! Nice work, ma’am.

  12. Super cute Beth! And simple to boot. I love the anticipation of your next refashion!

  13. prttynpnk says:

    Ok, Ok, I know I keep saying this, but NEW FAVORITE!!!!

  14. You are tooooooo smart! πŸ™‚

  15. I really like this but as an inexperienced sewer I want to ask how this washes. Would I need to do anything to the cut seams or would it be ok in the machine? I see so many sweaters that would make great cardigans (I am a cardigan junkie) so this is a great tutorial!

  16. gloris adol says:

    Love it! Thanks for sharing the idea with all of us.

  17. vintagefrenchchic says:

    Brilliant…looks so easy and chic!

  18. Another great idea. It looks a little scary with that first cut. No going back at that point!

  19. Cul de Sac says:

    So neat! I’m furiously pinning this one too! Now i need to find a belt like yours πŸ˜‰

    • Oh, I hope you find one so you can make this. Super easy!!! I’m already making plans to refashion this refashion by adding another belt and adding some suede patches on the arms. Thanks for “pinning” always fun to see who comes for a visit from Pinterest.
      Have a great week!

  20. Lori says:

    So cute! Beth, you’re a genius!!!

  21. Laurel says:

    wow, this turned out amazing!! LOVE IT. Great job once again.

  22. Laura says:

    “Should cook or should I sew?” Ah, the eternal question. πŸ™‚
    Great job on the sweater, i love the combo of leather & knit, and such a great colour too. Inspiring as always!

    • Ah, yes, “Should I cook or should I sew?” There is just something about a snowstorm that inspires me to cook. The men in my family wish I my blog focused on cooking instead of sewing. Hmmmm… I wonder why? πŸ™‚
      Thank you so much for your sweet comments. I loved the color, too. I just can’t seem to get enough green lately. Have a great week!

  23. blankenmom says:

    Yet another great one! I love cardigans but can’t seem to knit fast enough (with Christmas and birthday presents) to give myself a few new ones, this is perfect for that. I’m glad you stated below that the edge needs to be finished our you’ll have a yummy pile of yarn soon. Which for me would me nice too. πŸ˜‰ Great job as always!

    • Thank you! I love a good cardigan, too. I think it has an interlock weave (like a t shirt) so I don’t think this particular sweater will unravel. But many sweaters will so I thought I’d give an alternate way to finish it. Have a great week!

  24. clothmonkey says:

    wow! what a transformation… I love it

  25. P says:

    so simple you really only need pictures with a couple of words… I’ll be keeping my eyes open for a little belt like that!!!

  26. marjorie says:

    Too cool! I will never pass by those big sweaters at the sally again!

  27. Cheryl Simser says:

    I’m sure you’ve heard this a lot, but let me say it, too. You have the most amazing ideas! You see possibilities that we never knew existed. Thank you.

  28. traditionis says:

    I wish you a merry christmas and a wonderful new year.Thank you for shering your blog with wonderful creativity.See you again in 2013.kisses

  29. Brilliant idea and wonderful execution! I just love your new sweater!

  30. lialou says:

    Very cute and so creative! I wouldn’t have thought to do this to an old sweater. I have a Ralph Lauren sweater jacket that has this same type side leather closure detail, pulling the closure to one side, but there is a tire on the other side to keep it together from both sides (I suppose you could do this as well). I love it and I’ve never found another one like it, but now I have an idea for a few old sweathers of mine! Happy Holidays!

  31. Just stumbled upon your site. I love it! and it is making me excited to go out thrifting again this weekend for another project. I am a blogger and a teacher as well. I would love it if you would check out my site. It is relatively simple compared to yours but I am looking for feedback and I am totally mystified by a lot of the process. I will keep up with yours regularly!


  32. Anonymous says:

    very creative for the sweater my daughter out grows but isn’t quite ready to discard them! thanks! : )

  33. michele says:

    Love your ideas! You are so creative! Wishing I could sew!

  34. Anonymous says:

    Do you think a turtlenecked sweater would lay alright doing this? I have a camel colored one that the neck is too long on, but this style would be really cute…

    • Good Morning. I’ve made turtlenecks into cardigans by cutting up the center. It’s fun because the collar neck becomes a sort of sailor collar depending on how tall the turtleneck is. I’ve never tried it with an off center cut and a wrap around. It might be worth a try with an old turtleneck first as an experiment to see what it would look like. My initial thought is to cut off the neck first, but who knows it might be a fun look.
      Good luck!

  35. just found you today from sunny adelaide in australia! You are so talented

  36. Anonymous says:

    amazing…. love it.. LOVE IT… THANKS

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  39. That’s a great idea to use the buckle! That kind of belt seems to very useful: Once I mades dress straps using the “knitted” part.

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  41. How does the leather fare if you wash it? How do you wash this item?

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  43. Jackie says:

    This is great! How did you stop the sweater from fraying?

  44. areej says:

    I like the idea.. it’s very easy to do. I already add it to my list.. Ψ›) Thanks

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  46. Jennifer says:

    So what happens to the belt when you wash the sweater?

  47. Alessia says:

    A very nice idea!!

  48. Hi Beth,

    I sure enjoy your tutorials and great ideas. Am so inspired by your work.
    I have a boxy crewneck pullover sweater that was my mother’s. It has pretty fine embroidery across the chest that I’d like to preserve, but the sweater is too big in the shoulders and side seams. How could I make it fit smaller?
    Thank you for your great blog, Janet Westrup.

  49. Karen says:

    Love the sweater re-do. BUT how do u stop the knit from running????

  50. So cool to see this have a sweater to do this with do you have to stich ends are can you just but the strap on it

  51. linda says:

    You’re amazing! On the green sweater, how do you keep stitches from fraying after they’re cut??
    I have turtlenecks I want to revive!

  52. Judy Alderden says:

    Any tips on putting a zipper up the front of a crew neck or vneck sweater, making a zip up cardigan? I’m having shoulder surgery and need to keep warm with a sling on my arm under the front of one side. I bought a couple sweaters and now I’m not sure how to deconstruct and construct them. Thanks for any help – your ideas are great!

  53. how do you keep the sweater from unraveling where you cut up the front

  54. Anonymous says:

    Love the sweater remake!

  55. Anonymous says:

    What a clever idear this is. I am going to do this, know I will love it. Thank you for sharing. My jumper is Black. And my husband has lots of belts so I can start soon

  56. fadilaobradovic says:

    Neobicno lijepo prakticno.boje lijepo uklopljne BRAVO

  57. Sharon Bachelier says:

    OMG. You got me excited about sewing again. I’m going to dig out my mother’s 50+ yr old White Sewing Machine. Thank you!

  58. Sara B says:

    Wow, what a fabulous idea, very fashionable! How did you know the material wouldn’t fray?

  59. Tide Maclang says:

    What did you used to sew the leather
    ? Ordinary sewing machine? Btw, you have some artistic insights.

  60. Benina Olivas says:

    I like this idea I have to try this

  61. Adriana Bee says:

    Love your ideas! I’m a complete sewing knob. Right now I pretty much only hand sew unless I am supervised with the machine although I’m determined to get better! In the mean time, I wonder if you have an existing blog you could link me to, or maybe write a post on how to tell what seams you can/should leave ‘raw’ vs when to finish and how to know what stitch to finish a seam with? I see lots of great ideas but I would love more tips on how to set myself up for simple success! Thanks!

  62. Adriana Bee says:

    Love your ideas! I’m a complete sewing knob. Right now I pretty much only hand sew unless I am supervised with the machine although I’m determined to get better! In the mean time, I wonder if you have an existing blog you could link me to, or maybe write a post on how to tell what edges you can/should leave ‘raw’ vs when to finish and how to know what stitch to finish a seam/edge with? I see lots of great ideas but I would love more tips on how to set myself up for simple success! Thanks!

  63. Lucy says:

    Hi. Thank you for sharing. Very creative. What did you do to stop the stiches from running?

  64. Kari says:

    This is great! What stops the sweater from unraveling?

  65. Karen Rankins says:

    This is brilliant!

  66. Amazing!!!
    I’d like to share it on my blog
    thank you so much

  67. carol thompson says:

    you are one super talented lady, so fun to see your refashions

  68. Linda says:

    This sweater is a knit, so how it it that it did not ravel on the cut edges?

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  70. Gayle says:

    Ingenious! I just discovered this kind of repurposing. I happened to have bought a couple sweaters for a grandaughter at 30$ a pc that suspiciously looks similar, lol. Live/learn, 😐😚.

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  72. Melanie Morriale says:

    Such a fun sweater idea. Love this.

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