How to Make a Covered-Button Cardigancomments (14) March 12th, 2009
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.
3. The covered buttons and ribbons reminded me of one of my favorite things—prize ribbons! So I decided to cut up a scrap of fabric into ribbons, too. I cut about seven pieces of ribbons in lengths from 2 inches to 5 inches and two pieces of fabric, then I grouped them to look like a prize ribbon and hand-sewed them together.
4. Gather your buttons, ribbons, and fabric, lay out your cardigan flat on your work surface, and determine where you want to sew on your design elements. Arrange the ribbons and buttons on your sweater as desired, and take a picture for reference. You can see what I did in the photo above.
5. Thread a sewing needle with thread, double the thread, and knot. Sew each button on securely and knot. Also sew the ribbons on as desired and knot to secure. Ta-da! You have a beautiful new cardigan just in time for spring!
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