December 23, 2014

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How To Make A Cozy Cardigan - Free Tutorial

Want to make this fun little cardigan?

All you need is some knit fabric, the Liberty Jane Tee shirt pattern, and some felt. I'm using a 'sweater' type knit, and the long sleeved version of the T shirt variations pack -- but if all you have is the free Trendy Tee pattern, you can just lengthen the sleeve it comes with. :)

Below is a step by step video, follow along or skip to the images and text below:

 

 

 

Cut out your pattern, and then cut out a strip of fabric 2" wide x 20" long. 

Design Note: If you love the look of our Summer Pj's look with the longer cardigan style robe, then you'll want to add 2-3 inches to the length of both the Front and Back pieces and then the same amount to the rectangular strip mentioned above.

Trim down the back pieces! Measure in about 1 1/2" from the long straight edge, and trim straight up, curving gently to meet the shoulder seam. These pieces will now become the front of the cardigan, and the original front piece will be the back.

Cut two little rectangles of felt, about 1" x 1 1/2", and round off the corners. Use your doll's arm as a guide to figure out where to put the elbow patches. Be sure to make a left and a right sleeve!

Sew the fronts and backs together at the shoulder seams.

Hem the lower edge of the sleeves, and then sew them into the body of the cardigan. (Make sure the elbow patches face the back.) Trim and finish the seam.

Sew up the side seams and down the underarms. Then, hem the bottom of the cardigan. 

Finish one end of the binding by folding it in half, right sides together, and sewing across one short end. Trim off the corner, flip it right side out, and press the whole binding in half lengthwise.

Start pinning the binding to the edge of the cardigan. Stretch the binding slightly when you get to the back of the neck, but don't stretch it down either front edge. 

When you get down to the other side, clip off the extra binding, flip it inside out, and sew across the short edge like you did for the other side. 

Zig zag over the raw edges, and topstitch the seam allowances down on the cardigan side. 

And that's it! You're ready to go style it into your doll's wardrobe!

Have fun with this tutorial!

For Pixie Faire,
Melinda


100 Comments

carmen
carmen

December 30, 2014

My favorite go-to layer when i am chillis is the green sweater that i bought when i first move when i am living now, It is very warm and love to use everyday.

Lisa Wallace
Lisa Wallace

December 30, 2014

My pink fuzzy sweater!

Linda
Linda

December 30, 2014

My favorite go to layer when I’m cold is a flannel long sleeve shirt.

Beverly Willman
Beverly Willman

December 30, 2014

My favorite puffy socks and white sweatshirt over any top.

Mary Sue Schlabach
Mary Sue Schlabach

December 30, 2014

I don’t really have a favorite layer.

Sue K
Sue K

December 30, 2014

I love zip up hoodies and wear them all the time at home in the winter. Also pullovers when going to the gym to keep me warm coming home! We live in MI and we have cold winters so these are my go too! :)

Caril Schmidt
Caril Schmidt

December 30, 2014

My favorite go to layer is my white fuzzy knit blanket and my wool moose socks I purchased in Alaska.

Janice Smith
Janice Smith

December 30, 2014

My favorite go-to-layer is a big sweatshirt.

Rebecca
Rebecca

December 30, 2014

I love a soft cozy blanket, and a good book book, of course.

Donnamarie Graves
Donnamarie Graves

December 30, 2014

My favorite go-to layer when I’m chilly is the first blanket I ever crocheted. It looks worn, but it is comfy!!!

Mickey
Mickey

December 30, 2014

A perfect complement to any outfit inmy part of thr world!

Barbara Matthews
Barbara Matthews

December 30, 2014

My favorite go with is a nice fuzzy sweater. I love cardigans the best!

Laura T.
Laura T.

December 30, 2014

My favorite go to when I’m chilly is a hoodie and by fleece slippers!

Betty
Betty

December 30, 2014

My favourite go to when I’m chilly is my flannel rag quilt. Sooo warm and cozy

Su
Su

December 30, 2014

A vest and my gloves with no fingertips….so I can keep sewing!

Nancy
Nancy

December 30, 2014

…a fleece vest! I really should put socks on first, but I do love my vest!

Janet
Janet

December 30, 2014

My favorite go to layer when I’m chilly is my fleece jacket.

Leona
Leona

December 30, 2014

My favorite go to layer when I’m chilly is a camouflage zipped hoodie with fur lining that my grandson gave to me. It is so warm.

Mitzi Thornton
Mitzi Thornton

December 30, 2014

My favorite go to is any of my favorite sweaters with a turtleneck underneath.

Bette
Bette

December 30, 2014

My favorite layer is a coral fleece zip-up jacket…nice and cozy!

Lindsey Davis
Lindsey Davis

December 30, 2014

I love any kind of cardigan! I love to layer. :)

Elaine
Elaine

December 30, 2014

My favorite go-to layer when I am cold is a warm fuzzy pair of socks and my old sweater.
Reading everyone’s favorites has brightened my day. lol

Natalie
Natalie

December 30, 2014

My favorite layer when it gets cold is simply a warm coat!

Nancy A.
Nancy A.

December 30, 2014

My favorite go-to layer when I’m chilly is my favorite red sweatshirt, or at night I love my fleece robe.

Becky koecheler
Becky koecheler

December 30, 2014

My favorite go to layer when I’m chilly is an oversized sweatshirt! ?

Phyllis
Phyllis

December 30, 2014

My favorite go-to layer when I’m chilly is my flannel back quilt.

Frances Rautenbach
Frances Rautenbach

December 30, 2014

My favourite go-to layer when I’m chilly is my hand-knit triangle lace scarf which I made myself years ago – I wrap it round the front of my neck first instead of round my shoulders, and I snuggle the skinny ends back around the front – it warms me up whatever else I’m wearing – and it warms me up from inside to know that something I made is so useful to me, year after year.

Linda Koenig
Linda Koenig

December 30, 2014

My favorite go to layer is my Oklahoma sweatshirt my daughter bought me when she lived in Oklahoma

Eileen
Eileen

December 30, 2014

My favorite go-to layer when I’m chilly is one of my sweatshirt conversions—from a pullover to a cardigan. Quick and easy to do and can be embellished in so many ways!

Dorothy Jo
Dorothy Jo

December 30, 2014

My favorite is calling “Here, kitty kitty!” and being snuggled by my 3 “kids”… NEVER fails! Makes it a little hard to leave the house, though…

Ruth
Ruth

December 30, 2014

My favorite go-to layer when it is chilly is my old college sweatshirt.

ida
ida

December 30, 2014

my fave go to layer when I’m chilly is a pink (yes, granny pink!) flannel shirt I made myself with scraps of Joanns baby cuddle prints flannel left over from American Girl and Bitty baby nighties. The body is the tiny pink starry pattern; the sleeves, collar, and pockets are the pink pin stripe. Best part is that kitty cat loves it too, so when I snuggle up, I get kitty lovies too!

Gail
Gail

December 30, 2014

My favorite go-to layer when I’m chilly is my plaid button up hoodie shirt. I’ve had it for years and years.

Mary Ann
Mary Ann

December 30, 2014

My favorite go-to layer when I’m chilly is..my super soft black leather coat.

Sharon
Sharon

December 30, 2014

My favorite go to layer is a soft Snuggy sweater to keep me warm and fashionable

Jeri
Jeri

December 30, 2014

My favorite go-to layer when I’m chilly is….my new soft and stretchy knit denim jean jacket. The kind you can use-n-abuse and it just gets better looking.

Jeannie
Jeannie

December 30, 2014

My favorite go-to layer to warm me up are my plaid flannel shirts

Gerda
Gerda

December 30, 2014

My favourite go-to layer is a warm cardigan !

Susan Kluger
Susan Kluger

December 30, 2014

My favorite go-to layer when I’m chilly is my old fleece jacket that my puppy chewed in several places including parts of the zipper. It makes a great house jacket.

Anna
Anna

December 30, 2014

My favorite is my knitted Walt Disney sweater I pull it on when I need a little extra warmth.

Barbara
Barbara

December 30, 2014

My favorite go-to layer when it is chilly is a cardigan with coordinating tee, jeans and knee boots.

shirley
shirley

December 30, 2014

My favorite go-to layer is my cozy cardigan over my baseball tee, bubble skirt and boots. I am stylin’ and good lookin’.

Brenda
Brenda

December 30, 2014

My favorite go layer is a loose fitting long sweater in oatmeal colour. It goes with everything.

Pat
Pat

December 30, 2014

My favorite is a cardigan a lot like the one made in this tutorial!

Barbara Fox
Barbara Fox

December 30, 2014

My favorite go-to layer is a tank top under a half-zip fleece. Just warm enough :-)

Tammy
Tammy

December 30, 2014

My favorite layers are an oversized sweater or sweatshirt for at home and if I am out I like to layer with a tank, a blouse and then a long-tailed sweater or duster.

Katherine
Katherine

December 30, 2014

My favorite go to layer is a large, faded, old flannel shirt of my husband’s because it feels like a big warm hug from my honey.

Sandy
Sandy

December 30, 2014

My favorite go to layer is a comfy sweatshirt. You can’t beat that!

Mary Stewart
Mary Stewart

December 30, 2014

My favorite go to is a thermal shirt. I use that as my base and then layer over it.

Gail Beam
Gail Beam

December 30, 2014

My favorite go to layer is a fleece zip up sweatshirt. Since I am always cold, I have many of them in a variety of colors and styles!!

lois graham
lois graham

December 30, 2014

My favorite go to layer when I was chilly in Illinois was an oversized sweatshirt. Only a hoodie required now in Arizona!

Dianne
Dianne

December 30, 2014

Living in the Midwest, my favorite go-to layers when I’m chilly are my fleece pajama pants with my chunky hand-knit sweater. Love your patterns… thank you!

Sylvia
Sylvia

December 30, 2014

My favorite go-to layer when I’m chilly is…a sweater that was sent from Germany by her sister, to the wife of a neighbour I was looking after, only it arrived after she passed on. He phoned her and she told him to give it to me. I call it my “Helga sweater” and it reminds me that God knows what we do for others in His name.

Susan S-L
Susan S-L

December 30, 2014

My favorite go-to layer when I’m chilly is my turquoise sweatshirt whose neck is a little stretched so that a shirt with a collar underneath gives it a little bit of a more dressed up look than just the sweatshirt alone. In fact I had to run home (I live just two blocks away) on Christmas day to get it as my son for some reason didn’t have his heater on. Later, thank goodness, he did turn it on for his “old” mother. :-)

Laura L Smith
Laura L Smith

December 30, 2014

Oversize sweat shirt.

Mikah
Mikah

December 30, 2014

My favorite go-to layer when I’m chilly is my favorite fleece pullover.

Janie
Janie

December 30, 2014

My favorite go-to layer when I’m chilly is my husband’s old sweatshirt!

Linda Knott
Linda Knott

December 30, 2014

My fav to go to when I’m chilly is Purple fleece sweatshiirt hoodie. Only Grand- daughter would love this pattern.

Lynne Marie
Lynne Marie

December 30, 2014

My favorite go to layer when I am chilly is a fleece lined zip sweatshirt!

Jesica
Jesica

December 30, 2014

My favorite go-to layer when I’m chilly is my BYU sweatshirt from the college days. I also love hats and slippers – amazing how those things make your whole body warm in an instant!

Rilene
Rilene

December 30, 2014

A poly fleece jacket keeps me cozy.

Nina
Nina

December 30, 2014

My go-to layer is my big brown sweatshirt. It’s bulky and warm, and has a big kangaroo pocket – wearing it feels like a hug.

Karen C
Karen C

December 30, 2014

My favorite go-to layer is my gray shawl collared cashmere sweater, it’s old a little and worn and just seems to get softer as time goes on.

Darlette
Darlette

December 30, 2014

My faborite item to leyer up is an old cardigan I have that zips in the front

Marcia
Marcia

December 30, 2014

My favorite go to layer is a thermal tee!!!

Crystal
Crystal

December 30, 2014

My favorite go to layer is my South Dakota sweatshirt with a pheasant on the front.

Mrs.T
Mrs.T

December 30, 2014

An oversized, multicolored Eddie Bauer sweater that my daughter had in college. So cozy!

Sheila
Sheila

December 30, 2014

My favorite go-to layer is an old white sweater – just enough to warm me up. :)

Toni
Toni

December 30, 2014

Old super-soft bulky-knit cabled cardigan with a wide collar to button up or not

Barbara Faught
Barbara Faught

December 30, 2014

My favorite go to layer is a cardigan that zips up the front. Helps keep me warm during the long winter months of the northwest.

maryann
maryann

December 30, 2014

My favorite is my pullover sweatshirt I refashioned into a jacket with crazy quilting.

Brenda  Evans
Brenda Evans

December 30, 2014

My favorite go to layer, at home, is a great, long sweatshirt “dress” that my husband got for me years ago when I was recovering from an emergency surgery!

Mary Schreiber
Mary Schreiber

December 30, 2014

My favorite go-to-layer is a fleece zipper jacket with pockets.

carol
carol

December 30, 2014

my favorite go-to layer is my cardigan I bought in Ireland this summer. Not only is it warm and comfy but it has good memories!!

Sandra G
Sandra G

December 30, 2014

My favorite go-to layer when I’m chilly is my blue knit hoodie!

Jane W
Jane W

December 30, 2014

My favorite go-to-layer when I’m chilly is my old down vest that I have had since the 90’s…instant warmth!

Lois
Lois

December 30, 2014

My favorite go-to layer when I’m chilly is my fleece jacket.

Cheryl W
Cheryl W

December 30, 2014

A cozy sweater or hoodie. :)

RaeAnne
RaeAnne

December 30, 2014

My favorite go-to layer when I’m chilly is my old “Auburn” fleese jacket.

michele
michele

December 30, 2014

my favorite go to when its chilly is a hoodie

Linda
Linda

December 30, 2014

My favorite go to when I am chilly is an old quilt that my Gram and I made when I was just learning how to sew. I have patched it and replaced a few blocks, it has seen it time, but I still cherish it.

Chris
Chris

December 30, 2014

My favorite is an old, oversized grey sweatshirt over a flannel plaid shirt to keep me warm on a chilly day.

Jan C
Jan C

December 30, 2014

My favourite “go to” sweater when I’m cold is a turtleneck sweater my sister gave me many, many years ago after she was finished with it. It is so snuggly and feels like a great big hug from her.

Jean
Jean

December 30, 2014

My favorite go to layer when I’m chilly is a blue zippered hoodie. It’s always on the back of my sewing machine chair!

Linda
Linda

December 30, 2014

My favorite go to layer is an old sweatshirt, probably have had it for 20 years, that I turn inside out. I love the feel of the nap on the wrong side.

Kaitlyn H.
Kaitlyn H.

December 30, 2014

My favorite go to layer when I’m chilly is a really warm white hoodie/sweater! :)

Sherry Pelletier
Sherry Pelletier

December 30, 2014

My favorite go to layer when I’m chilly is a nice soft fleece top!

Mary H.
Mary H.

December 30, 2014

My favorite go-to layer when I’m chilly is…. a sweat shirt.

Ellisen
Ellisen

December 30, 2014

My favorite is a long zippered fleece cardi with hood. So comfy and warn!

Yelena
Yelena

December 30, 2014

My favorite go to layer is warmest and softest sweater and wool socks with a cup of delicious tea.

Katie
Katie

December 30, 2014

My fluffy robe when inside and my great denim jacket when outside.

Clara
Clara

December 30, 2014

My favorite-go-to-layer is a use my Grandmothers handmade lap quilt, then I feel our arms all over again.

Gail Orr
Gail Orr

December 30, 2014

My favourite go-to layer is a black cardigan I was given years ago.

Rachel
Rachel

December 30, 2014

My favorite go-to layer when I’m chilly is my fuzzy, green blanket.

Melody Korlinchak
Melody Korlinchak

December 30, 2014

My favorite go to layer when chilly is an old zippered sweatshirt that belonged to my Dad…Makes me feel warm ;-)

Presley
Presley

December 30, 2014

My favorite go-to layer when I’m chilly is my pink, knit infinity scarf and my multicolored pink gloves; along with my bright pink puffy coat. (I CAN’T LEAVE ONE OUT BECAUSE PINK GOES WITH PINK!!!! LOLOLOL!!!!)

Jen
Jen

December 30, 2014

My favorite go-to layer when I’m chilly is one of my college alma mater sweatshirt hoodies. There warm, comfy and well loved!

Marge
Marge

December 30, 2014

My fav is my chenille robe!

Tonya higgs
Tonya higgs

December 30, 2014

My favorite go to layer when I am chilly is my new grey and white hoodie cardigan.

sheila
sheila

December 30, 2014

My favorite go-to when I’m cold is my over-sized hoodie sweatshirts.

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