This cardigan has been hanging neglected and unloved in my closet for the past nine months. I ordered it online from American Eagle and when I got it, it was just a little bit too big. Instead of going through the hoopla of sending it back I thought it would probably shrink if I washed it in hot water and then it would fit just right. So I washed it, but to my dismay it didn't shrink. And into the closet it went. To stay.
Until I saw this tutorial from Cheri for an upcycled scarflette!! But I didn't want to use just part of my cardigan. If I was going to cut the entire back off, I thought I might as well make something out of the front and sleeves! So I scoured the web for inspiration and here is what came of it:
A Scarflette Part of cardigan used: the back
The fountain of my inspiration, this scarflette is the perfect Fall accessory. A little added warmth to those breezy autumn afternoons is just what I need! Check out the tutorial. Followed it to a T. Super easy!
A Button Ring Part of Cardigan Used: small piece of a sleeve
I was pleasantly surprised to find a package of 8 or so rings at JoAnn's the other day for just a couple bucks! After covering a button I glued (using E600) it onto one of the rings and voila!
A Headband Part of cardigan used: a sleeve
When it comes to headbands for me, I like to keep it simple. Flowers make me feel like a little girl, no offense to those who sport the daisies. Maybe because I am always putting flowery headbands on my baby. So, all I did was took a long, inch wide strip of the cardigan, folded it in half and sewed down the length of it. Then I turned it inside out and slipped an old headband into it, finishing it by pulling it snug and sewing a straight line across both ends and trimming off the excess.
A Keychain Chapstick Sleeve Part of cardigan used: end of a sleeve
No how-to or tutorial for this baby. Would you be interested in one? It's another super simple project that you could probably figure out just by looking at. Of all my new accessories, I think I am most excited about this one. I am always misplacing my chapstick or digging through my purse trying to find it. Not anymore!
A Sweater Purse Parts of cardigan used: both sides of the front and the buttoned collar
And last but not least, the purse. Complete with a pocket in the front and conveniently-an adjustable strap. I didn't follow a tutorial or anything on this one. My inspiration came as I made the other accessories. I haven't sewn too many things without a pattern or following a tutorial, so this was particularly satisfying! Although it is a simple purse, it stimulated my desire to design and create.
And there you have my reincarnated cardigan, ready to live again.