How to Make a Simple Wrap Cardigan

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How to Make a Simple Wrap Cardigan
Recycle an old sweater and give it a whole new look. (sweaters image by Ruta Saulyte from

Any piece of clothing that is made in a wrap style, whether it is a shirt, skirt, dress or sweater, will hide trouble spots and flatter any body type. The wrap styling makes the item of clothing adjustable and if you go up or down a few pounds, it is still functional and attractive to wear. Making a wrap cardigan from a thrifted, oversized sweater takes minimal sewing skills.

Skill level:

Things you need

  • Oversized pullover sweater at least 1 or 2 sizes bigger than you usually wear
  • Ruler
  • Chalk to mark with
  • Scissors
  • Straight pins
  • Ribbon
  • Needle and thread or sewing machine

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  1. 1

    Lay the sweater front side up flat on a table. Smooth out any bumps or wrinkles.

  2. 2

    Measure and mark the centre front of the sweater. Using these marks as your guide, draw a straight line with your chalk down the centre of the sweater from the neckline to the bottom edge.

  3. 3

    Cut the front of the sweater apart on the line you have drawn.

  4. 4

    Fold the sweater in half, meeting the edges that you just cut apart and lay flat. Pin the cut edges together. From the outside edge of the neckline, draw a diagonal line to the centre of the sweater. How steep you make the diagonal will determine the depth of the V on your neckline.

  5. 5

    Cut on the diagonal line and unpin the front edge of the sweater.

  6. 6

    Cut two lengths of ribbon for the tie of your wrap cardigan. The length is determined by how much ribbon you will need to wrap around you. Tie the ends in a bow to secure it.

  7. 7

    Pin each length of ribbon to the outside edge of the bottom of the V-neck. Put on the sweater and cross over the two front edges as you would when wearing it as a wrap. Determine where to make a hole in the side of the sweater to feed one of the ribbon lengths through and mark it with a pin. Take off the sweater.

  8. 8

    Cut a small slit on the side seam of your sweater where you have mark to feed the ribbon through.

  9. 9

    Machine or hand stitch the ribbon lengths to the front of the sweater where you pinned them.

  10. 10

    Whip stitch by hand or buttonhole stitch the opening you made in the side if you are afraid the sweater might unravel.

  11. 11

    Put on the sweater, feed the ribbon through the hole in the side and wrap the ribbon around your back like a belt. Cross the front edge of the sweater over the other and adjust the wrap until you achieve the look you want. Tie the two end of the ribbon in a bow to secure.

Tips and warnings

  • Choose a sweater with a tight knit so it will not unravel when washed.

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