Easy DIY Fringe Cardigan

When the weather turns cool, it's nice to have a few warm and comfortable cover-ups like this cute fringe cardigan. All you need is 1 1/2 yards of knit sweater fabric and about 30 minutes to make one for yourself. When you're finished, you'll have a stylish cardigan to wear with jeans for a casual look or with black leggings and boots for work. However you decide to style this sweater, you'll feel great knowing you saved money by making it yourself.

Easy DIY fringe cardigan finished picture.
(Image: Beth Huntington)

Things You'll Need

  • 1 1/2 yards of knit fabric

  • Measuring tape

  • Sharp scissors

  • Pins

  • Wax paper

  • Tracing wheel

  • Sewing machine with a ball point needle

  • Rotary cutter and mat

  • Clear ruler

Materials needed to make a fringe cardigan.
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Step 1

Cut a piece of knit fabric that is 50 by 36 inches. Hem one of the long sides and both of the short sides using one of the methods from this article: How to Hem Knit Fabrics.

Hem the top and sides of the fabric.
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Step 2

Fold the fabric in half so the two short sides are together. Draw a 7-by-5-inch oval pattern on wax paper and cut out. Place the pattern 3 inches from the top and 4 1/2 inches in from the fold. Pin the oval in place and use a sharp pair of scissors to cut around the oval to create the arm hole.

cut out arm hole
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Step 3

Create a sleeve pattern from an existing sweater using the technique found in this article: How to Design Your Own Pattern. Just make sure that the length of the top of the sleeve is the same as the circumference of the armhole you cut. Use your pattern piece to cut out two sleeves.

cut out sleeves
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If you don't want to create your own sleeve pattern, you could use one from another pattern you already have, but you might need to make a few adjustments along the top of the sleeve to make it fit into the armhole.

Step 4

Fold the sleeve in half so the right sides are together and pin in place.

Pin the sleeves with right sides together.
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Step 5

Use a zig zag stitch to sew along the pin line with a 1/2-inch seam allowance. Be sure to remove the pins as you sew.

sew sleeves
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Step 6

Turn the sleeve right-side out and slip it into the arm hole. Pin the upper edge of the sleeve in place with the right sides together, making sure the sleeve seam is at the bottom of the arm hole. Sew a 1/2-inch seam allowance using a zig zag stitch and make sure to remove the pins as you sew. Repeat this process with the other sleeve.

pin sleeves in arm hole
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Step 7

Use a rotary cutter, cutting mat and clear ruler to cut 6-inch-by-1/4-inch fringe along the bottom of the cardigan. If you don't have a rotary cutter and mat, you could use a sharp pair of scissors to cut the fringe.

cut bottom of the cardigan to create fringe
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To save time when cutting the fringe, you can fold the fabric in half, then in half again, so you're cutting several layers of fabric at a time.

And there you have it, a ridiculously easy-to-make fringe cardigan. Getting dressed will be a lot more fun when you have several of these hanging around in your closet.

finished fringe cardigan
(Image: Beth Huntington)
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