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Jumper to cardi

July 22, 2014

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:

  • Old woolly jumper-ideally a large jumper at least 80% wool-this way you can felt it (shrink it) and it should still fit!
    Have a root around the charity shops, and look for ones that are at least 80% wool, and say hand wash only. If you get one that is machine washable, it will never felt!
  • Scissors
  • Side plate
  • Bias binding-you can use ready made or make your own. I made my own, and would make it a bit wider if I did it again-it was pretty fiddly!
  • Pins
  • Sewing machine and thread

What you do:

  • Felt your jumper-wash on a hot wash, with a pair of jeans to rattle around with it, and then leave to dry naturally. This step isn’t compulsory, but by felting it you can be pretty sure it won’t all unravel when you cut into it. Having said that, for some reason my jumper didn’t really felt at all, and I had no issues with it when I cut into it
  • Fold your jumper in half down the middle and mark the top and bottom of the midpoint at the front using pins
    Jumper cardi2

Jumper cardi3

  • If your jumper is like mine, and is a v-neck, round off the top using a plate as a circular guide. If it’s already round necked, then just carefully cut away the ribbed bit
    Jumper cardi4
    Jumper cardi5

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…
Jumper cardi6

  • Pin carefully, or you end up with bits like this…
    Jumper cardi7


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?!

Jumper cardi51

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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  • Reply ginacaro August 7, 2014 at 4:26 pm

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

    • Reply Jen August 7, 2014 at 9:06 pm

      Thankyou 🙂

  • Reply lindaswildlifegarden July 23, 2014 at 8:05 am

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

  • Reply Becky A July 23, 2014 at 6:40 am

    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.

  • Reply Sue Parrott July 23, 2014 at 6:06 am

    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

  • Reply angalmond July 22, 2014 at 8:30 pm

    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.

    • Reply Jen July 22, 2014 at 9:06 pm

      Oooh fab tip-thankyou!

  • Reply lesleygcooper July 22, 2014 at 8:16 pm

    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

    • Reply Jen July 22, 2014 at 9:07 pm

      Ah, good point, thankyou!

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