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

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.

Janet
Janet

December 30, 2014

My favorite go-to layer when the weather is chilly is my purple zip up sweat shirt with a hood. It has been worn enough to be soft and fit my body. Love it.

Debbie
Debbie

December 30, 2014

My fleece bathrobe.

Kim
Kim

December 30, 2014

My favorite go to layer when I’m cold is bootie slippers over cozy socks.

Marcy Mahle
Marcy Mahle

December 30, 2014

I love this little sweater and I am so glad that I found Pixie Faire so many months ago.

Jos
Jos

December 30, 2014

My favorite go to layer is a beige tie at the waist sweater with the long drape collar

Sandy
Sandy

December 30, 2014

My favorite go-to layer when I am cold is a multicolored shawl that a friend knit for me several years ago. It is so cozy to wrap up in.

Katrina Maddox
Katrina Maddox

December 30, 2014

My hand knit infinity scarf.

Megan
Megan

December 30, 2014

A warm sweater and coffee… (they HAVE to go together.. haha)

Judy Hayes
Judy Hayes

December 30, 2014

A puffy vest or wool sweater! Or both when it’s really cold!!!

Ambrosia
Ambrosia

December 30, 2014

My favorite go-to layer when I’m chilly is my oversized purple sweater.

Linda
Linda

December 30, 2014

My favorite go to layer when I am chilly is a sweatshirt. I don’t like to feel like a part is not covered and toasty warm.

Garrett
Garrett

December 30, 2014

My favorite go-to layer is any of my million hoodies. I just LOVE them :)

Laura
Laura

December 30, 2014

My favorite go-to-layer is a cardigan that my mom gave me.

Maureen
Maureen

December 30, 2014

My favorite go to layer when I am chilly is my micro fleece lined vest.

Jackie
Jackie

December 30, 2014

My favorite layer is definitely a cardigan. I’m not really attached to one in particular.

Lynn
Lynn

December 30, 2014

My favorite go to layer for warmth is my ratty old wool cardigan over a long sleeved turtleneck. If that doesn’t work than a hot cup of tea,a cozy blanket and a good book really helps.

kelly
kelly

December 30, 2014

My favorite go-to layer when I’m chilly is a big old thick sweater that buttons even up the neck. Very warm.

Angela
Angela

December 30, 2014

My favourite to wear in cold weather is a thermal vest t shirt below a warm woolen sweater.

Nancy in IN
Nancy in IN

December 30, 2014

I grab my denim shirt.

Joan Varonka
Joan Varonka

December 30, 2014

My favorite go to layer is a Life Is Good zip-up hoodie. The fabric gets softer as I wash it—sensational comfort!

Erin
Erin

December 30, 2014

My favorite go to when I’m chilly is a sweat shirt that my little brother gave me about 10 years ago

Joanne
Joanne

December 30, 2014

My favorite go-to layer when I’m cold is an old hoodie sweatshirt that used to be my husband’s, but I’ve claimed as my own.

Judy L.
Judy L.

December 30, 2014

My favorite go-to layer is my NFL team blanket, it’s soft and snuggly.

Keri
Keri

December 30, 2014

My favorite go-to layer when I’m chilly is my black fleece jacket. Or my heated blanket!

Carol
Carol

December 30, 2014

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

Karen N
Karen N

December 30, 2014

My favorite go-to layer when I’m chillie is my super fleece red hoodie

Karen
Karen

December 30, 2014

My favorite go-to layer when I’m chillie is my super fleace hoodie from Walmart

Linda
Linda

December 30, 2014

Here in the Wallowa Mountains it gets down right cold. Layering is essential. I am always wearing long sleeves, sometimes a vest made out of sweatshirt material, that is old, and ugly too. Then over the top I wear a fleece pullover.

Colleen Pilant
Colleen Pilant

December 30, 2014

My favorite go-to layer when I’m chilly is my cardigan sweater over a long sleeve Tee.

Vickie
Vickie

December 30, 2014

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

Emma
Emma

December 30, 2014

My favorite go-to layer when I’m chilly is probably my warm forever21 sweater!

Geraldine
Geraldine

December 30, 2014

My favorite go-to when I’m chilly is my big brown sweater

Sharon
Sharon

December 30, 2014

My favorite go-to layer when I’m chilly is a cotton cami and my LSU sweatshirt!

Sarah
Sarah

December 30, 2014

My favorite go-to layer when I’m chilly is an old red Disney cardigan sweater with MIckey and Minnie mouse heading off to school. (Can you tell I work with small children a lot? LOL)

Karen B.
Karen B.

December 30, 2014

My favorite go-to layer when I am chilly is my teenaged son’s pep band hoodie!

Karen B.
Karen B.

December 30, 2014

My favorite go-to layer when I am chilly is my teenaged son’s pep band hoodie!

Veronica P.
Veronica P.

December 30, 2014

My favorite go-to layer when I’m chilly is my cozy black hoodie.

Connie Haugen
Connie Haugen

December 30, 2014

My turquoise sweater. Heavy enough to warm me right up!

Sheila
Sheila

December 30, 2014

My favorite go to layer is a nice big oversized flannel shirt, really warm..

Natalina
Natalina

December 30, 2014

My thread bear sweatshirt from the 90’s, fleece PJ pants in snow flake pattern and a hot cup of coco.

Nannette
Nannette

December 30, 2014

fleece pants and a long sleeve t-shirt

Elaine
Elaine

December 30, 2014

My favorite go-to layer when I’m chilly is my Doctor Hoo hoodie from Threadless!

Linda
Linda

December 30, 2014

My favorite go to layer is my green and gray hoodie , that I’ve only had about four or five years.

Robyn
Robyn

December 30, 2014

My favorite go-to layer when I’m chilly is one of my fleece vests I wear around the house all the time.

Gale Bizzell
Gale Bizzell

December 30, 2014

My black, fleece-lined hoodie

Carole Schneider
Carole Schneider

December 30, 2014

My favorite got to when I am chilly is one of my sweatshirt jackets that are fun to make!

Nicole
Nicole

December 30, 2014

My go-to layer is my hot air balloon sweater. It’s big, warm, and was only $7!

Jane
Jane

December 30, 2014

My favorite go-to layer is my University of California San Diego sweatshirt that I bought while on vacation in California years ago. It’s worn and raggedy but I still love it!

Karen
Karen

December 30, 2014

My favorite go-to jacket is my pink hoodie.

Mary Ann
Mary Ann

December 30, 2014

My favorite go to on a cold day is my polar fleece pullover

Ann K
Ann K

December 30, 2014

My favorite go-to layer when I am chilly is my warm wool sweater.

Donna Bos
Donna Bos

December 30, 2014

My favorite go-to layer when I’m chilly is a fleece hoodie and if need be a vest overtop.

Nancy
Nancy

December 30, 2014

My fave is a heavy cable knit homemade sweater…so cozy! Love your pattern. My little twin grands will enjoy making it. Thanks. Nancy

Cheryl
Cheryl

December 30, 2014

My blue and white plaid flannel shirt over a light weight long sleeve tee is perfect for layering…and a cardi over that if it is really cold!

Heather
Heather

December 30, 2014

My favorite go-to layer when I’m chilly is….my bathrobe

Mitzi
Mitzi

December 30, 2014

My favorite go to layer when I’m chilly is either a black hoodie or a flannel long sleeve shirt—both are favs!

Stacey
Stacey

December 30, 2014

My favorite go-to layer when I’m chilly is…. a nice warm scarf :)

Nan Weber
Nan Weber

December 30, 2014

I am always cold so my favorite layer is the set of silky long underwear called Cuddle Duds. They are thin and so do not add a lot of bulk, besides keeping me toasty warm.

Pam Pecoraro
Pam Pecoraro

December 30, 2014

My favorite layers are a turtleneck shirt with a crew neck sweater and a large cardigan sweatshirt over the top of it all. I am then really cozy warm. Laying is the best way to keep warm.

Linda
Linda

December 30, 2014

So cute, my granddaughter would love it for her doll.

Diane
Diane

December 30, 2014

When I’m chilly I put on my fleece long sleeve top and pants. I look like a big blue marshmallow. And oh so warm!

Doris
Doris

December 30, 2014

My favourite go-to layer is a navy cardigan…and I’ve had it for years!!!!

Lynn S
Lynn S

December 30, 2014

My Favorite go-to layer is my hand knit sweater that I made many years ago. I’m on my third version .

Martha
Martha

December 30, 2014

My favorite go-to layer here in Florida is a long sleeve shirt! On rare occasions I pull on a hoodie! Or a rain jacket if it’s really coming down!

Jacque
Jacque

December 30, 2014

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

Roylene
Roylene

December 30, 2014

My carharts

Jean Thibodeaux
Jean Thibodeaux

December 30, 2014

…A long sleeved flannel plaid shirt my husband threw away!

Sher
Sher

December 30, 2014

My hoodie sweatshirt!

Gail
Gail

December 30, 2014

My favorite go-to layer is my quilted flannel shirt that fits over a turtleneck and sweatshirt.

Cindy
Cindy

December 30, 2014

…is my blue plaid shirt and my blue sweatshirt!

Jen G
Jen G

December 30, 2014

I use a grey cardigan – almost like the dolls – or a black Columbia jacket. I’m always freezing.

Mary Ann
Mary Ann

December 30, 2014

My favorite go to layer when I’m chilly is a polar-fleece hooded zip front jacket.

Pam
Pam

December 30, 2014

My favorite go-to layer when I’m chilly is a cuddly no sew throw that wraps around 2 times!!

Candy
Candy

December 30, 2014

My favorite go to layer is my Tigger hoodie!

JR
JR

December 30, 2014

My favorite go-to layer is a fleece cardigan. Another option is the down lap blankets that we received for Christmas in 2013.

Catherine
Catherine

December 30, 2014

My favorite go-to layer when I’m chilly is my snugly and warm navy sweatshirt!

Jennifer Bryant
Jennifer Bryant

December 30, 2014

set of legwarmers I made out of old sweater sleeves! Big hit with all my friends!

SheriO
SheriO

December 30, 2014

I really like the clothes from the 30-40’s on my doll. My favorite layer is a scarf I made with a sock on one end and a glove on the other.

Granmama
Granmama

December 30, 2014

My favorite go to for warmth is a flannel shirt over a warm tee. Love the little sweater!

Maria B.
Maria B.

December 30, 2014

My favorite go to layer is my leopard print Snuggie!

Amy
Amy

December 30, 2014

My favorite go to when it is chilly is one of my chunky sweaters.

Jenn
Jenn

December 30, 2014

My favorite go to layer when I’m chilly is my gray zippered hoodie.

Danielle B.
Danielle B.

December 30, 2014

My favorite thing to make me warm and cozy is a polar fleece cowlneck sweatshirt that I’ve had for about 8 years. I love it, especially since it is heathered gray and goes with just about anything.

Joanne M.O.
Joanne M.O.

December 30, 2014

My favorite go to layer when I’m chilly is an L.L. Bean fleece jacket.

Lois Schwamman
Lois Schwamman

December 30, 2014

My favorite go to layer is my husband’s blue and black flannel shirt. It is warm, snuggly and reminds me of him when I wear it.

Kathy
Kathy

December 30, 2014

My favorite go to layer is an old grey sweatshirt, it is old but comfortable!!! I love the softness of it and I can zip it up to my neck if I need to.

Lori Pierce
Lori Pierce

December 30, 2014

My favorite go to layer is a fleece sweatshirt. One has a hood and one doesnt.

Carol
Carol

December 30, 2014

My favorite layer is a turquoise fleece jacket that zips up. I never leave the house with it. it is strictly a home jacket.

Jill Ward
Jill Ward

December 30, 2014

My favorite go to layer when I am chilly is my green “York Beach” sweatshirt that I bought on a trip to York Beach, Maine.

Bev
Bev

December 30, 2014

My favorite go to layer when I’m chilly is a neck scarf my granddaughter made for me when she got a loom several Christmases ago.

Lorretta
Lorretta

December 30, 2014

My favorite go to layer is a long sleeve denim shirt that I wear to do my painting crafts in. It’s so old and really soft.

Rebecca
Rebecca

December 30, 2014

My go to layer is a long sleeve shirt snagged out of my husband’s closet.

Kathie
Kathie

December 30, 2014

My sweatshirt!

Jo
Jo

December 30, 2014

I never leave without some some I can wrap across my shoulders or neck. I use a lace shawl!

Ellie
Ellie

December 30, 2014

My favourite go – to layer when I’m chilly is my old ( to small ) pink dressing gown that I’ve had nearly forever

Deb
Deb

December 30, 2014

My favorite go-to layer when I’m chilly is my fur neck wrap. I rarely need a jacket in the fall when my neck is warm.

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