Who doesn’t love a good ol’ sweatshirt refashion? In today’s post, I’ll show you exactly how to turn any sweatshirt into a cute little cardigan with just a few easy steps.

Refashion a Sweater into an open cute Cardigan

I love how easy it is to style and layer a cardigan. They are the perfect lightweight piece to always have on hand… and making one yourself just makes it even more special and unique.

This sweatshirt started out at a simple, knit sweater that I found at a thrift store for less than $3.00. (You can read the post of How To Shop Thrift Shops The Easy Way HERE.) When I stumbled on this sweatshirt, it was cute and basic but lacked a figure-flattering silhouette. Plus, when the colder weather rolls around, who really needs yet another basic sweatshirt.

To complete this project, you will need about an hour of time and some basic sewing supplies. Here we go!


Gathering supplies can be a pain. That’s why for today’s tutorial, I’ve included these handy little shoppable links to get everything you need at (aff.) Amazon.com.

Steps To Refashion A Sweatshirt:

Refashion a Sweater into Cardigan DIY

Lay your sweatshirt flat on a table and fold to find the center front of your neckline.

Cut along the fold to create an opening down the front of your sweater.

Refashion a Sweater into a Cardigan DIY

Next, cut 2 separate 4″ strips of stretch fabric. I chose to use a stretch denim that I had on hand. This will make up the trim, or bias of the front of your cardigan. Fold in half and iron to make a crisp edge.

Sweater to open Cardigan Refashion DIY

Lay one side of your sweatshirt to line up with one edge of the black fabric with the “right” sides together. Pin into place.

Sweater to open Cardigan Refashion DIY

Now sew your edge together.

Sweater to Cardigan Refashion easy DIY tutorial

Iron your crease flat to make the next steps easier.

Flip your sweatshirt over and use a seam gauge to find 1/2″

Fold and iron the edge all the way down the raw edge of your black trim.

Sweater to cute Cardigan Refashion DIY

Now fold the entire trim in half to create a more polished finish. Pin into place.

Sweater to Cardigan Refashion DIY tutorial

Sew the underside of your black trim down with your sewing machine. The final step is to tuck your trim edges under and sew into place.

Sweater to Cardigan Refashion DIY

Now slip on your new cardigan and wear it! I love the versatility with this tutorial. You could use a slouchy, oversize sweater for a more casual look or play around with different fabrics and prints to create entirely different looks. Personally, I love this Anne Taylor spin-off.

How will you make it your own?

As always, thank you so much for reading this little idea! If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to let me know in the comments below!

Also, if you liked this post, be sure to check out my other sweater refashion posts HERE and HERE. I hope you like them.


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