Very honored that my friend Rachel of Stitched in Color asked me to hang out today and post up a little tutorial for Celebrate Color! If you haven’t been following along, catch up on all her posts here. Today I thought I’d share a quick little cardi you can make for that sweet little girl in your life (or heck, you could even make one for yourself!). When I think of fall I think of bright saturated colors, so that’s what these little cuddly layers represent.
It’s fun, quick, and super easy, I promise. All you need is some knit fabric, a ballpoint sewing machine needle, and some double fold bias tape.
- 1/2 or more of knit fabric, depending on what size you’re making, interlock would be great
- 1/2″ double fold bias tape (one yard)
- ballpoint needle
- cardigan pattern
[1/4″ seam allowance used throughout]
I decided it might be easier to include a couple pattern pieces for the cardigan (download from link above), I made a size 2/3T and a 5T. You can choose to use the pattern pieces or you could make your own, or if you have a simple raglan tee pattern you can modify that. It’s quite forgiving, and quick, so if you don’t get it right the first time, give it another try!
Assemble pattern pieces, cut desired size and tape together at matching letters on pattern pieces. Cut two body pieces on the fold and two sleeve pieces on the fold.
Stitch sleeves to body pieces right sides together. I just used a regular stitch and foot on my machine. Here’s a diagram of how the sleeves get sewn to the body:
Cut an opening straight up one body piece (this creates the cardigan opening and will be the front). Next you can align the top front edges and trim away a little scoop for the front like so:
Next, place the cardigan flat right sides of facing. Pin. Sew, going under the arm continuing down the body of each side.
Lastly attach the double fold bias tape to the neck edge, leaving a tail of tape on either side. You can either sandwich it on, or open it up, stitch on the fold then fold it over the knit to the other side and sew, being sure to sew all the way to the ends of the tape.
Tie a knot in each end of the tape, plop it on a cute kid, and you’re ready for fall!
And if you’re new to sewing with knit fabric, Luvinthemommyhood and I had a fun little series with tons of great tutorials and tips, find them here and here.