Throwback Tuesday: An Upcycled Sweater Just in Time For Christmas


Upcycle a thrift store sweater with this easy to follow photo tutorial by the Renegade Seamstress

Thrift store clothes amaze me.

Even after all these years of shopping second hand, I’m still thrilled when I find quality clothing for very little moolah. And even better, they don’t even have to fit when you know how to alter and refashion.

All it takes is an eye for possibilities.

Upcycle a thrift store sweater with this easy to follow photo tutorial by the Renegade Seamstress

Take this thrift store sweater and shirt for example:

The shirt was stained and the sweater was too big. Each cost fifty cents on half price day at my local thrift store. YAY!

Upcycle a thrift store sweater with this easy to follow photo tutorial by the Renegade Seamstress

Upcycle a thrift store sweater with this easy to follow photo tutorial by the Renegade Seamstress

  The sweater was a quality brand and I loved the colors together. Perfect for a cardigan with plaid elbow patches.

Upcycle a thrift store sweater with this easy to follow photo tutorial by the Renegade Seamstress

I wanted to keep the existing raglan sleeves so I took it in using the existing seams. Just pin, sew and trim to fit. I also took in the side seams the same way.

Upcycle a thrift store sweater with this easy to follow photo tutorial by the Renegade Seamstress

Pullover sweaters don’t do too much to flatter me, so I decided to make this into a cardigan using the red plaid shirt for trim and elbow patches.

Upcycle a thrift store sweater with this easy to follow photo tutorial by the Renegade Seamstress

Upcycle a thrift store sweater with this easy to follow photo tutorial by the Renegade Seamstress

Upcycle a thrift store sweater with this easy to follow photo tutorial by the Renegade Seamstress

Upcycle a thrift store sweater with this easy to follow photo tutorial by the Renegade Seamstress

Upcycle a thrift store sweater with this easy to follow photo tutorial by the Renegade Seamstress

Upcycle a thrift store sweater with this easy to follow photo tutorial by the Renegade Seamstress

Upcycle a thrift store sweater with this easy to follow photo tutorial by the Renegade Seamstress

Upcycle a thrift store sweater with this easy to follow photo tutorial by the Renegade Seamstress

Then, since Valentine’s Day is fast approaching, I thought a plaid heart elbow patch would be fun.

Upcycle a thrift store sweater with this easy to follow photo tutorial by the Renegade Seamstress

Upcycle a thrift store sweater with this easy to follow photo tutorial by the Renegade Seamstress

Upcycle a thrift store sweater with this easy to follow photo tutorial by the Renegade Seamstress

Upcycle a thrift store sweater with this easy to follow photo tutorial by the Renegade Seamstress

Upcycle a thrift store sweater with this easy to follow photo tutorial by the Renegade Seamstress

And there you are, a new sweater just in time for Christmas!

Upcycle a thrift store sweater with this easy to follow photo tutorial by the Renegade Seamstress

Upcycle a thrift store sweater with this easy to follow photo tutorial by the Renegade Seamstress

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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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6 Responses to Throwback Tuesday: An Upcycled Sweater Just in Time For Christmas

  1. Treina Cradit says:

    So much fun!!! I love it.

  2. suellap says:

    Like the front edge lining. And what about a heart applique on the back. Either a big centre one, or small ones randomly placed?

  3. Anonymous says:

    adorable!

  4. Jenn says:

    Love this remake! Great details too!

  5. vjcollins says:

    This is a great repurpose, love it!

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