How to Embellish a Cardigan with Fabric-covered Buttonscomments (19) January 12th, 2016
I love cashmere sweaters, but I rarely have the money to buy them new. Enter my local Salvation Army: While other thrift stores seem to have figured out that cashmere warrants a price markup, I routinely find pretty, soft sweaters at the SalvA for less than five bucks. On a recent cashmere bender, I picked up a little cardigan in a lovely shade of lavender. It was soft and fit well, but frankly, it was kind of boring. Obviously it was time for a little embellishing!
Here's what you'll need:
- Cardigan sweater
- Covered-button kits in a few sizes (I used five kits total)
- Scraps of fabric
- Ribbon in a few colors no longer than 9 inches
- Fabric scissors
- Needle and thread
1. Decide which fabrics you want to cover the buttons with. I went with a purple/mustard/salmon color story with a little pop of blue.
2. Follow the manufacturer's directions to cover the buttons. Button kits come in two different types: Either you pull the fabric over the button top and secure the fabric in its prongs, or you use a plastic piece from the kit that helps you take care of that step. The latter is easier for beginners, but the former doesn't use plastic! Your choice.
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