I truly love sweaters, especially cardigans. I also feel like I am buying a new group of them every single year after I’ve blown them out (or just not worn them) from the year before. This year? I’m going to my best to spruce up the sweaters that I already have . . . see if I can refashion them into something new and different. A lot of these tutorials are surprisingly easy and several are inspired by higher-end stores like Anthropologie. I especially love the pretty color combinations I discovered when searching for tutorials, like this embellished cardigan. Can you believe it only took 30 minutes? I’ve found some additional great ideas I’d like to share; take a peek after the jump!
1. RUFFLES AND FROGS
Extra fabric was used for the front gathers in this re-do.
Find out how to make one for yourself at Grosgrain
2. HEART PATCHES
Enhance the elbows with pretty fabric.
See how these were done at A Beautiful Mess
3. TOTALLY TEAL
Rosettes and ruffles are easy to stitch on to any sweater.
get the step-by-step at Tatertots and Jello
4. PRETTY FOREST
Felt leaves add the perfect accent to this sweater.
Learn how it was done at Grosgain
5. PRETTY PLEATS
Adding pleats and a bow tot he neckline is easier than you think.
See how the accents were added at Ruffles and Stuff
6. PRIM AND PROPER
Remove a front ruffle and add it the waist.
Get the full step-by-step at Grosgain
7. FASHION FACELIFT
Get this look by adding lace and tons of hand crafted flowers.
Learn how it was done at Tatertots and Jello
8. APPLIQUE ACCENT
Create embellishments by sewing on bits of an old shirt.
Get the tutorial at Blue Cricket Design
9. FLOWER POWER
This look is achieved by adding the daisy stitch to the placket.
Learn more about the project at Two Butterflies
10. LEAVES AND BERRIES
Use another felted sweater for this pretty neckline.
Find out how to embellish your own sweater at Grosgrain
11. PERFECTLY FRILLY
An old scarf becomes the embellishment on an old cardigan.
Visit the step-by-step at Tatertots and Jello
12. JUST ADD BAUBLES
Add sweater baubles by washing with marbles.
Find out how it was revamped at Grosgrain
13. BUZZY BEE
Use a white sweater and felt to make this pretty pattern.
Find out how it was created at Grosgrain
14. RUFFLED BEAUTY
Add a part of a blouse to the front of an old sweater.
Visit the full tutorial at Mismatcherie
15. SIMPLY PRETTY
All you need are a few strips of fabric and a hook and eye closure.
Get the tutorial at U-Create