I know there’s been a lot of radio-silence from Shrimp Salad Circus lately, but I’m happy to report that the creativity is back up and running! Today, Valerie of Dottie Adele and Threads, Thoughts, Things is back with another fun Sewing 101 tutorial. Enjoy!
Now that we’re in the dead of winter, what better project can you think of than a cuddly cardigan? This one is a cozy envelope of warmth, just like a cocoon! Made in a nice, thick sweater knit, this cardigan will make a perfect cold weather companion! Oh, and don’t forget the rest of the Sewing 101 series if you’re new here or just need a refresher!
Note: for this project, you will sew with both a straight stitch and a zigzag stitch. When sewing with a straight stitch on knits, it’s best to use a slightly longer stitch, a 3 or 3.5. When sewing with a zigzag, remember not to stretch the fabric out as you sew, and let it be guided through the machine naturally.
- 1 yard of sweater knit (54″-60″ wide)
- Matching thread
- 1 yard of 1″ wide elastic
- Measuring tape and ruler
- Sewing machine
- Self-healing cutting mat
Cut a second 4″ section.
Press open both seams.
Close to the stitching, cut out the fabric inside the curved shape.
Sew all around the edges of the strip and the opening with a zigzag stitch in about a 1/2″ seam.
Pull the elastic tight so that it goes back up into the casing.
All done! Throw that cocoon cardigan on and cozy up!
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