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Spring Sweater Refashion 2011 {1}

Last Thursday I went on Studio 5 and shared a bunch of sweater refashions. 
Now, let me preface this by saying that I have only been sewing for about a year.
So these are really easy, straight-stitch kind of projects!!
The first one I’d like to share is also one my favorites {I have 11 to share}.
This is a kind of coral v-neck sweater with a blue and white nautical mix.  
I love this color combination for Spring!!
I started with a plain sweater, a scarf and an old coral/orange t-shirt.

  •  I laid the scarf on top of the sweater and draped it from one shoulder down to the opposite side of the waist. And then I made ruffles down the length and pinned those in place.
  • After they were all pinned, I sewed three straight lines with my sewing machine down the scarf, attaching it to the sweater. You can sew more lines down the scarf if you like a less poufy type of garment.
  • Then I took an old t-shirt that’s too small for me and is about the same color as the sweater and cut about 20 four-inch circles out of the material.
  • I then made a very fluffy flower. I used my Big Shot machine to cut the circles, but you could also hand sew them. I sewed it all together and attached it at the bottom with a piece of felt. Then I sewed the flower onto the top of the scarf.
Very easy refashion!! Total time — 30 minutes – 1 hour.
Total cost — $12 for the sweater {I already had the scarf and the old t-shirt}
Sorry my pictures are a little blurry. I was going to take some new ones but have been sick..
I wore the sweater out the other day and had tons of people ask me if it was from Anthropologie – {giggle}!!!
Here’s a clip from the show if you want to see it :)


PS — I just wanted to share with you a fun Pennant Challenge. You can enter ANY type of pennant to win some cool Canvas Corp products!! Check it out :)


  1. Fabulous as usual Jen! <3

  2. I am just so impressed with these sweaters! They are all so lovely!! :) My favorite was the light green sweater. It was beautiful! What a wonderful way to take something plain and make it unique! I love it! :)

  3. Michelle says:

    That is so cute! Look forward to seeing all the ones to come! Also how awesome that you were on tv, not surprising though, these are adorable!

  4. kami @ nobiggie.net says:

    Great job on Studio 5 Jen! All of your refashions are so neat! You inspire me.

    I loved talking tonight, thanks for being such a sweet friend.

  5. These are magnificent1111 Viewed the tutorial and loved everyone… Such great ideas…can see how once you begin there is no stopping. I will enjoy recreating with my granddaughters…they will truly believe that they died and went to heaven!!! .Appreciate that you were able to post tonight..

  6. Lyndee @ A Recovering Craft Hoarder says:

    Wow! I have several clothing items I'm going to attack and see what I come up with. Yours were A-mazing!

  7. this blessed nest says:

    hearing & seeing you on this video made me miss you! you rocked it, sister! they ALL are gorgeous. how fantastic!

    you did so well, too. i would have been a nervous train wreck! you are such the pro.

    loved all the stripes.

    beautiful work.


  8. Sue (Someone's Mom) says:

    I really love the robin's egg blue one!

  9. Meredith says:

    when do we get to see the other sweater refashions?? i'm loving this!! i'm doing weight watchers and have lost a bunch of weight (yay) but it means that i am struggling major in the wardrobe department!!

  10. Kelli @ RTSM says:

    Jen that is such a cute sweater! I love those colors together!

  11. I love that this is an easy and AWESOME make! And how great that you got tons of fun feedback when you wore it out! Love it!

  12. I am such a plane jane, but would love to try this challange, need to go through my closet and see if I have any coordinating stuff I am willing to play with…

  13. Cherie@DragonfliezCreationz says:


    That is great! I have many cardigans in my closet that need some dressing up. I usually just make a pin for them.

  14. Kirsten says:

    Jen, You were so cute on Studio 5. I can't believe these darling sweaters. I too love to cut up old things and use them for other things. You are talented and it was so fun to meet you at the lunch last Tuesday. :)Love your blog.

  15. Melissa @ The Inspired Room says:

    You are so clever and creative girl!!! Amazing.

  16. Carmen @ Life with Sprinkles on Top says:

    Wow! That's amazing! I hope you're feeling better.

  17. Beverly @ FlamingoToes.com says:

    This is so sweet Jen – and yes – very Anthropologieish!!! :) I can't wait to see the others.
    I hope you're feeling better soon!!!

  18. Ack! Too cute! :)

  19. Vivienne says:

    JEN!!!!!!!!!! I absolutely LOVE, LOVE, LOVE the little green one. Good Grief! You are so stinkin' talented.

    You are making me want to go out to the garage and find my sewing machine.

  20. Kristin says:

    Beautiful Jen! My favorite is the red striped cardigan. So creative! I wish I could sew. I know I've said it before, but I love your ideas.

  21. Bridget says:

    Very cool! I love the flower! There is just something about the color red… :)

  22. Love them all! I've been working on a few sweater refassions myself. Stop by sometime, domesticdeadline.blogspot.com

  23. AndreaLeigh says:

    very cute, Jenn! I actually thought the scarf was zebra when I first saw it. It is cute either way!

  24. Dixie Mom says:

    Oh my word…could that be any cooler!?

  25. Amanda @ Serenity Now says:

    So pretty, Jen! I love the gorgeous blue/green one in the video. Studio 5 looks like a fun show…wish we had something like that here. I guess the closest thing would be the DIY Network?? Great job!

  26. Ricki Jill Treleaven says:

    Fantastic sweater, Jen. Red is a good color for you, and I agree…it does look like it came from Anthropologie 😀

  27. Betty J Pagley says:

    Awesome Jen! I too love to refashion my tops…when I have a minute or two. Thanks for that post! You are an inspiration!!!

  28. Hormonkeks says:

    oh my god, im from germany and i love to read your blog… and now i see this little clip ♥ fantastic!! you dit such a great job!!!


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