How To: Turn a t-shirt into a cardigan

January 9, 2015
I’m the kind of person who always wants to ‘thrown on something’ over a t-shirt. A lightweight denim/chambray shirt or a plaid shirt or a cardigan are my three most favorite options to wear over a t-shirt or a dress.Since I have a ton of old t-shirts lying around, I decided to turn one into a cardigan for casual use. This is one of the most easiest DIY and hardly takes you ten minutes. Also, the options here are endless. I chose a plain v-neck tee in a very thin, soft material (bought in Marks & Spencers ages ago).  If you have any t-shirts in a thick sweater material that you hardly use because it’s too warm to layer with anything else, it would make a great cardigan for layering!You can choose a striped tee or a printed one too. Or you could choose a plain one like me and add your own designs over it. You can add embellishments, studs or spikes, patchwork pockets, brooches, or simply paint/write over it with fabric markers! Like I said the options are endless. But let’s get started with the basics:

What you need
Draw a straight line from the center of the t-shirt neck, all the way to the bottom
Cut across the line to ‘open up’ the t-shirt
Fold the edge over about 1/4th inch and hem the edge with a thread and needle
Iron the edges to make them flat and you are good to go!


  • Reply Anuradha January 9, 2015 at 11:34 am

    I love your idea.. Will sure give a try 😉

  • Reply Soumi January 10, 2015 at 6:51 am

    This is super easy and I think even someone as clumsy as yours truly can get it right.

  • Reply Rohita Bhatia January 10, 2015 at 12:53 pm

    This post has come around a perfect time for me. I have to submit an assignment and I have searching for a simple DIY project for a while now. For a person like me who can hardly stitch, this looks very doable. Thanks for posting this. 🙂

  • Reply safa maryam syed January 12, 2015 at 4:27 am

    Such a cool idea!

  • Reply The Style Cocktail January 17, 2015 at 7:08 pm

    This is such an easy DIY, love it!
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  • Reply Shrithi Reddy January 19, 2015 at 8:47 am

    Vow..such a great DIY idea..simple and time efficient..(

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