Thursday, April 11, 2013

Baby Cardigan

I did it. I finally did it. I learned how to use my sewing machine and was able to make my first sewing project! I am very proud of myself. It is not perfect, but still looks pretty darn good if I do say so myself.

So onto the project. I saw this pin and I immediately fell in love. Since I am headed back to Minnesota on Friday I wanted to make this cardigan for my nephew so we can use it to take some pictures.

Step One:
Gather materials. This took me a lot longer than I expected and went to more stores than I had hoped. Who knew it was hard to find long sleeve onesies in April? I ended up finding a four pack of stripes at Burlington Coat factory. I also needed bias tape, thread and buttons.
Here is what I started with.

Step Two:
Cut a line straight down the middle of the onesie. At the bottom bottom by the snaps I had to veer off to the left so that I didn't cut directly into the snap.

Step Three:
Trace a line to make a V neck cut. The bottom of the triangle starts at the same level as the armpit and then I trace a line up to the collar. 

Step Four:
Cut the fabric to make the V neck. See how the there is a cross over of fabric? I cut up to that part to basically cut off the front part of the collar.

Step Five:
Use the bias tape to trim the cardigan. I pinned it down along the edge of the cut I had made in the previous steps. 

Step Six:
Sew down the trim using a sewing machine. I made sure to go really slow to ensure I didn't make my line look all wonky.

Step Seven:
Pull the sides of the cardigan together and then sew on buttons. Also, make sure your lines match up. I forgot about this so they are not perfect, but it's not terrible. I actually added another button above the top button. I realized later that the V went a little lower than I wanted it to.

Step Eight:
Add trim to sleeves. This part is optional. I decided to give it a try and then I messed it up and regretted trying it. I am not great at keeping the line on the sewing machine straight so it looked funny and I decided to pull it off. Well then my sleeves looked funny so I ended up hand sewing it. I think I need more practice before trying this again.

So there it is my finished product. And I made another one since I already had all the materials to do it. And I still have two more onesies so I may try it again. But overall I am really proud that I learned how to use my sewing machine and I was able to make a piece of clothing. Yay me.

I also made these cute legging that were really easy. I am excited to try out all these new items on my nephew this weekend! Only one more day.

*update: Here is my nephew sporting his new outfit!


  1. CUTE! i love it!!! little nephew will look so good in this!

  2. OMG -- clever! My little girl needs a cardigan onesie now!

    1. thanks! It wasn't too bad so I'm sure you could do it!

  3. That is so precious! I wish I knew how to sew, you did a great job on your first project!

  4. So cute! I can't wait to learn to sew so I can make something cute like this :)


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