Monday, October 17, 2011

Tutorial ~ She Wears Flowers

A few weeks ago, I did a guest post for Tatertots and Jello and shared this tutorial. In case you missed it, I am posting this on my blog today. Enjoy! :)

I am sharing a cardigan refashion today. If you have some old cardigans in your closet that needs a little facelift; then, this tutorial is perfect for you!


This is one of my favorite cardigans; I wore it for several years. I love the 3/4 sleeve, the open neckline, and the color... but I had this idea in my head to change the look of it, and I really wanted to give it a try.



{You will need}

A cardigan

100% cotton fabric that would match the cardigan (it doesn't need to be the same color, but it needs to either blend in with the cardigan, or have contrast and match with the flowers that you will accessorize the cardigan with)

Various fabrics, wool, and buttons

Matching thread

{How to}

{Assembly for the cardigan}


1. To make the bottom part, I cut the fabric like I am making bias tape. I used 36"wide muslin. Make a large square, fold it in half vertically. Cut 4 1/2" strips.


2. Piece them together. Fold the bottom less than 1/4" twice and saw.


3. Sew the top with largest stitch setting on your sewing machine. Pull the thread to gather the fabric. For this cardigan I didn't want lots of ruffles, so just a little to have flare. :) The bottom of the cardigan measured 30"all around, so I used 45" long bias and shrank to 30" long.


4. Pin the bias ruffle all around the bottom of the cardigan. I used zigzag stitches to sew it on. Fold the ends and zigzag to finish it off.


5. Add wide lace little bit above the fabric ruffle using the same technique as step 3 and 4.


6. I wanted to give more interest to the back, so I added a second row of lace ruffle. I cut 14 1/2" lace, and folded the both ends and zigzagged them prevent fraying, made a ruffle and added it in the back.


7. Cut 1 3/4" x 6 1/2" lace, and sew it on the waist line too. Make sure to center it so that both step 6 and 7 line up nicely.


8. For the sleeves, mine was 8 1/2" around. I cut 14" long lace and sewed the ends together, zigzag the ends to prevent fraying. Using the same technique as step 3 and 4, make ruffles and sew it on the bottom of the sleeve. Do the same to the other sleeve.



{How to make flowers and Yo-yo's}

*Folded fabric flower
1. Cut 8 - 3" x 3"squares and fold the squares according to the picture.



2. Using two strands of threads, put through each petal, don't forget cut off the excess.



3. Tie the ends to form a circle to make a flower. I like to sew each petal to each other to secure them.



*leaves
Cut 1" x 2" rectangle first, and trim them so they look like leaves. They don't have to be perfectly unified.



*Flat flowers
Cut 1 1/4" x 1 1/4" square and trim it so that it will have four petals. Cut small circles for the middle.



*Felt flower (Light green)
1. Cut 6 - 1" x 2". Trim them so that they have round top.


2. Fold the bottom in half and pull them through the thread to make a flower. I stitched them together several times to secure them better.


*Felt flower (muted pink)
1. Cut 6 - 1" x 1 1/4" rectangles, trim them so that they will have rounded top.
2. Using the same method from step 2 on felt flower (purple), make the flower.
3. Cut circle for the middle and sew.
4. Sew yo-yo on top of the small felt circle



*Yo-yo

I used 3" and 2" circles to make yo-yo's. Smaller ones on the felt flowers are made with 1 1/4" circles. If you need to see how to make yo-yo, you can go to my tutorial.

{Assemble}


In my opinion, this is the most fun part. Just lay down the cardigan and lay down the flowers and yo-yo's to see what you can come up with! It is better to deiced where you want to bigger pieces go first than diced on smaller ones.
Pin them to see if you like the lay out. If you do, it is time to stitch them onto the cardigan.

I used some DMC floss to do fun stitches on the flowers and leaves. I did lots of slip stitches around the yo-yo's.

After you are all done with above, you can add buttons and such.

I had lots of fun making this, but wearing it was even more fun.






Why I am smiling? I have other ideas that I can't wait to try with more fabric and wool flowers, thinking about the possibilities makes me so excited!


I LOVE how it turned out! It will be fun to have some colors under the fall & winter gloomy sky; it is one of my ways to brighten up the day a little. :)
NOTE: Since I am having another procedure this week, the link party is cancelled. Sorry.

70 comments:

OnePerfectDay said...

Now that is a real transformation!! It looks fabulous!

Best of luck with the procedure. Wishing you a speedy recovery.

Naturally Carol said...

Oh Sachiko, that is a beautiful makeover! The 'new' cardigan suits you and will get plenty of wear again now, I'm sure. All the best for your procedure.

EL RINCON DE CHELO said...

Que idea tan genial!!!! me encanta!!! me guardo el tutorial, gracias por compartirlo, besos

littlechrissy said...

I adore this! Your attention to detail is amazing - I particularly love the little lacey frills on the back.
I've been following your blog for a while and am always blown away by your creativity.
Chris x

manu said...

WONDERFUL! I LOVE IT OHHHHHHHH GOD!!! Thank's for the tutorial!!!!

imba said...

So feminine and pretty!

Mammy Made said...

Thats absolutely gorgeous!! I love LOVE the lace around the bottom and sleeves and the flowers are so bright and cheery!

- Ellie @ Mammy Made

Inese said...

So wonderful!!!

Inese:))

Christie said...

Beautiful work on the cardigan. Love the placement and color of your handmade flowers! Best wishes on your procedure and a quick recovery!

Bev said...

You and your sweater are adorable! You're so creative. Thanks for the tutorial.

Lori @ Katies Rose Cottage Designs said...

I LOVE LOVE it!!! Wow what a beautiful sweater and an awesome tutorial ~ You are so talented!
Thank you for sharing it with us!

Su said...

Very pretty! All the best on your procedure

Sherri said...

I just love what you did with this sweater-just absolutely beautiful!! Enjoy it!!

MixeDesigns Lab said...

Wow! I love how it looks! Nice makeover! thanks for sharing!

entrebordadosehilos@gmail.com said...

maravilloso!!! me encanto la idea.

enhorabuena por tu trabajo

gracias por compartirlo

besosss

dollystar said...

wowww was wonderful!
love Dolly

JC in TX said...

Love it! Running out to raid some closets!!!

Elsie said...

This is really cute. Great job.

Rebeca said...

Linda! Parabéns!

Rebeca said...

Lindíssima!

Cassi said...

I love this sweater!!! So beautiful

Mieko said...

What a beautiful sweater! I absolutely love it.

Danee said...

If you describe this to me I would have said "yuck, sounds so country-ish" but it is absolutly charming and awesome…I saw it on TatorTots and actually showed my mom I was so taken with it. Really a great job with the flowers, the colors, the style, everything. The alterations really did freshen it up. Again, another stellar project, well done by you.

Silver Rose said...

This is absolutely beautiful! Great job!

Amanda said...

Just beautiful! I love it!

Beth said...

Ficou maravilhoso!!! Amei!

Beijos

Beth
(coisinhasdatita.blogspot.com)

~Ashley said...

Wow! That is fabulous! I LOVE it :D one question... is it safe to wash this in a machine?

Monika said...

So great. I am going to make lots of flowers and see what they land on. I think I'll be wearing flowers too.

Laura Emmons said...

Wonderful! I just pulled out a black cardigan I'd bought on sale last spring. I can just see it made over now. Thank you.

Pink Princess said...

LOVE this, it looks so cute and very pretty on you

Shelly @A Creative Space said...

I DID miss this at TT&J -so glad you posted here too! Thanks. :)

Dana said...

Gorgeous!! Now the real question: how many hours did all those flowers take?!?!

London Flower said...

Amazing outfit! Love your jacket. thank you sharing us.

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Sachiko said...

Dana-

Actually, I don't know how long it took me to make all the flowers.
What I usually do is, cut all the materials and put them in a container. I take them everywhere I go. As a busy mom, I have a little bit of time here and there while I am waiting for my kids in the carpool lane at school and their extracurricular activities and such. Those short minutes adds up to make all these flowers and yo-yo's but I don't feel like I spent so much time on them.

Sew Country Chick said...

Sachiko, i think that has got to be the loveliest sweater I have ever seen! Im going to try it and if its only half as nice as yours I will be happy!

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The Craft-Arty Kid said...

So pretty! I love all the different flowers
x

Kate said...

Wow--you did an amazing job on this! I love how it turned out---gorgeous! Saw via One Pretty Thing.

Kate of www.avery-anderson.blogspot.com

Anneliese said...

Beautiful! I love your comination of lace, cotton and felt!

FullThreadle said...

This is so ULTRA cute! I'm gonna have to try it too! Thanks!

FullThreadle said...

This is so ULTRA cute! I'm gonna have to try it too! Thanks!!

samsstuff said...

So very cute! I saw this in CraftZine today & had to stop by, to take a look. Thank you for sharing your adorable project with us!

Blue said...

this is so awesome. my mom has ozens of cardigans, which are too plain jane now. i'm gonna pruce them up with lace trimmings. and since i am not that great with sewing, i'll buy colorful buttons and use them instead of flowers :)

Katie said...

Stunning detailing.

www.katiescreative.blogspot.com

nisha said...

I love , love your blog! Remind me of my time in Japan.

Shy&Steve said...

May I ask where you bought the felt?

Shy&Steve said...

Can't wait to get started! Where did you buy your felt?

Shy&Steve said...

May I ask where you bought the felt?

Sachiko said...

Shy&amp:steve-

I used wool instead of felt. They are available at various quilt stores. You might find them online as well. I also buy wool skirt and such at thrift stores, and make wool felt sometimes.

elli said...

It is so beautiful!!!!!!

sue niven said...

I absolutely adore it. Simply stunning.

marsutr said...

This is the best one I have ever seen and so easy. I can't wait to do it!

sacramento said...

Brilliant. What a difference it makes, wowwwwwwwwwwwwwwww
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Stephanie said...

Lovely! How would you recommend caring for it afterwards? Do you think it'd do okay in the machine if it's stitched up well enough, or hand wash just in case?

Ramberrr said...

Just stumbled across your blog and your tutorials are like heaven-sent to me right now, I absolutely love re-purposing old things. But this sweater DIY blew me away... I don't think I can rest now until I try my hand at something similar it's too pretty!!

Needless to say, I'm very excited haha.

Kellie Alexander said...

Awesome site!

:)

M. J. Joachim said...

What a neat idea, and a great way to expand the life of old clothes in your closet too:) Thank you!

Kip said...

Very Pretty !
Take care :)

Yulia from make it and wear it said...

Hi, thank you for sharing. Such a great tutorial! I posted your tutorial on my blog with a link back to your blog, hope it’s ok http://makeitandwearit.blogspot.com.au/2012/05/from-boring-to-beautiful-cardigan.html. Please write me if there is a problem makeandwear@gmail.com.

Wendy Wiesen said...

I just have to tell you how much I TOTALLY LOVE THIS!!!

Lina said...

I loved it so much I had to try it for myself. Check it out here
http://larras.blogspot.se/2012/06/natt-helt-annat.html

nubbystubby said...

What a beautiful pair.....you and the sweater!! My brain is already working on conjuring one up from my stash of fabric and a cropped sweater that has begun to wear out.......flowers can hide the little holes and cascade down the front! You are truly an inspiration to explore one's creativity!!!

mirjam said...

Fantastic ,, and you make it so easy to follow even for those of us who have done many other things
thank you
mirjam

Tania said...

This is sooooo beautiful! I found your tutorial via Pinterest, and I do hope you don't mind me sharing this over on my blog. I have done a post on cardigan make-overs, and have included this one as my favourite, with a link back here! :) Tania x

emma robert said...

ohhhh such a lovely cardigan with great creation! I am just love it:)
wearing a cool color
cardigans with stylish footwear gives you stunning look!

KathrynBrooks1 said...

So beautiful and inspirational. I'll be making my own flower sweater soon! Thank you for taking the time to post the tutorial.

Jazzie Em said...

WOW, this is awesome. I love the detail and the pretty flowers and how you laid them out. What a cool project which I'm going to attempt to try one. Thanks for sharing!

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Tend said...

I just stumbled across your blog looking for a tutorial for this sewing project. Thank You! Wonderful directions and easy to follow......Love your blog!

falston104 said...

Beautiful project! So easy yet it looks like you did a lot more! Thanks for sharing

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