I’ve been going through my whole closet deciding what stays and what goes. It’s a purging that is very much needed! I have this crop top shirt that is way too short to wear alone, and just a strange shape, boxy and short. I love it though, for some reason, so I decided to let it stay. I cut it into a cardigan and banded the new edges with a bright pink fabric. I love it!
1 crop top shirt
about 1/2 yard bright fabric
Use your ruler to help you cut right down the middle of your shirt.
Make some binding. Cut out 2.5″ strips of fabric on the bias. Sew them together if you need to. Then press one of the long edges over 1/4″. Press over the bottom edge 1/2″ twice.
Now, pin the unpressed edge of your bias binding to the inside of your shirt.
Sew it on at 1/2″.
Then fold the pressed edge over to the front of your cardigan. Sew it on by topstitching about 1/8″ from the edge.
Done! Enjoy your new cardigan!
Gwen @ The Bold Abode
So cute, Kate! You always make the best refashions!
Jessica at Me Sew Crazy
love the pop of color Kate!!!
cute & simple! love it!
Love it! I am thinking of turning all my plain sweaters into cardigans in this way – so much better for layering, and less of a big block of one colour on top :)
That pop of color is awesome and really adds a detail that makes it super special.
Darling! I like the pink. :) Was that a Shade top?
Yes, it totally was a Shade top! I got it at a $5 sale a long time ago. So soft!
Fantastic idea! Will be going threw my stuff to do the same today.
I sorted through my giveaway clothes last night and went to town cutting and sewing. And now THIS cardigan has to be on my “to do” list. Woohoo, I love refashioning!
Oh My Gosh, this is so cute! You are so creative and talented! I don’t know when you have the time to do all of this. You’re such a busy gal. I’d love if you’d link up at my Tutorial Tuesday Linky Party http://www.ourthriftyideas.com/2012/05/tutorial-tuesday-6.html
Amanda @ Ninth Street Notions
Super cute! I need to go find myself an awkward shirt now…. :)
Life With Lucy
LOVE this shirt kate! such a great idea! thanks for sharing!