Hey everyone! Today I'm here with my 2nd HoliDIY project, an elbow patch cardigan that I upcycled from an old sweater dress. This dress was in my pile of clothes that I planned to donate, but I decided I wasn't done with it yet. I reused the thrifted flannel fabric from yesterday's DIY tee because there was quite a bit of leftover material, and made this cute final product! Let's get started:
These are the supplies you will need: an old sweater dress or just a sweater will work as well, flannel fabric, scissors, fabric glue, and a marker (not pictured).
I first cut off the bow from the sweater dress.
Since the sweater dress had these gathered sleeves, I cut them off for a more relaxed vibe.
After cutting off the bottom of the dress to create the sweater shape, I cut up the middle to make it into a cardigan. I decided to leave the edges unfinished because it was a pretty tight knit, but if you're worried about your's coming unraveled, you could hem the edges with fabric glue or a sewing machine.
The sleeves of my cardigan had a flare that I didn't really like. To fix this, I cut out a triangle from each sleeve of the fabric.
I then simply fabric glued the right sides together of the triangle cut.
To make the elbow patches, trace an oval shape, fold in half to ensure symmetry, and cut out.
Attach the patches to the back of the sleeves using fabric glue.
And here's the final product! I layered this over a denim shirt with a spiked leather collar to give it an edgier vibe, but I would also style it with a long sleeved denim shirt and cuff the sleeves for a cozy look!
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