Hello Sewing Rabbit readers! Today I have a super simple DIY cardigan remix to share with you! This is the easiest pattern hack ever and is perfect for both adults and children. All you need is a cardigan pattern you already own! I used the Aster Cardigan by Willow and Co but if you don’t have a cardigan pattern and you are feeling a little more daring you can grab a RTW cardigan from your closet and use it as a guide for your pattern pieces. Ready to get started?
Military Cardi DIY.
What you need:
- cardigan pattern or RTW cardigan as a guide for your pattern pieces
- bias binding
Instructions for making the Military Cardi:
- Cut your pattern pieces according to the directions of your cardigan pattern of your choice. Or cut your pattern pieces using your RTW cardigan as your guide. When cutting the front left and right pieces add extra width like shown in the photo above. The red lines show what the pattern pieces would have looked like if we didn’t add the extra width.
- Now take your back piece and your front left and right pieces and sew at the shoulders just as your cardigan pattern states. Now you will take your bias binding and pin RST all the way around the front left, neck and front right like shown in the photo above. Stitch in place.
- Now you want to fold over the binding to the other side and fold under and pin like shown above. Stitch in place being very careful to be neat with your stitches. You want the binding to look as clean as possible on both sides. A great tutorial for bias binding by a former Sewing Rabbit member can be found HERE.
- Now you will want to follow the rest of the steps in your cardigan pattern to add the sleeves and hem. Lastly you will fold over the extra flap we created and add buttons to hold it in place. I liked the look of four buttons but that is totally up to you. You are finished! So easy but such a cute end result!
Here are a few photos of my daughter wearing her new cardigan:
I hope you love this cardigan as much as I do! Happy sewing!!