modified wardrobe: embellished {baby} cardis

March 1, 2013

I refuse to spend a lot of money on kids clothes for obvious reasons.
They grow out of them in 5 minutes and destroy everything they touch.
Target is usually pretty reasonable when it comes to prices
and is always way too stinkin' cute for my good
(target's kid clothing section = my danger zone).
But $15-$20 for infant cardigans? Yeah. Not gonna happen.
(Okay, so I caved once...)

So I saw this cute baby cardigan at target a few months ago
and snapped a photo thinking, I could do that.

So I did.

I found some plain cardigans at walmart for about $8 a piece (less than half the price of target's)
and embellished them myself.
I had all the supplies on hand so the $8 is really all I spent on these!

Here's what you'll need for the ribbon cardigan...

The first thing I did was snipped off the glitzy buttons.
They were pretty but not the look I was going for.
Do this carefully so you don't cut holes in the sweater.
I used some tiny, sharp scissors to snip the threads.

Then lay out your ribbon how you want it,
leaving extra at the top and bottom.

As you start sewing,
fold the top under and stitch over it to create a finished edge.

I sewed straight down the middle of the ribbon to secure
then went back and sewed down each side of the ribbon
to make sure it wouldn't curl after washing and wearing.

Tie a couple pretty bows with the ribbon and carefully (and barely!)
burn the ends with a lighter to keep them from fraying.

Then handstitch to the sweater.

Sew your new buttons on.

Easy peasy.

And here's my little model...who wouldn't hold still for a millisecond.

Dang 12 month old. ;)

I saw this cardi just a few weeks ago.

Here's the white walmart sweater before I started...

Again, I carefully snipped off the buttons (be sure to save for a future project!).

Fold the end of the eyelet trim under to create a finished edge
at the top and bottom of the cardigan.


Stitch to secure.
I went back and stitched down the other side (closest to the sweater opening)
to make sure the trim would lay nice and flat.

Put a couple of hand stitches in the ends of the trim
(where you folded it under) to finish it off.

Sew on new buttons and walla!

This last one is super quick and easy and no sew.
I had this cardigan on hand but it got a little bleached in the top right hand side
(you can't really tell here...) and its just enough to make it not really wearable.

So I took a headband of Jia's (one I had already stolen the elastic from for another bow! ;) )
and hot glued a pin on the back.

And cute right?
I had to secure it a little more with a safety pin since the flower is so heavy.
You could totally hand stitch this on 
but I wanted it to be removable so I can switch it out as desired.

Happy Friday!


Jami Nato said...

annnnnd i wish i knew how to sew.

fffulk said...

I'm crazy about this girl! xo Love her. How could you not? She is adorable.

Anonymous said...

Where did you get her cute cupcake hat?
Did you make that too?

Allyson C. said...

your baby model cracks me up. love her. and she is such a compliant little model....all of your kids LOVE the camera. seriously.

MaddyChristine Hope-Brokopp said...

This is truly awesome! I want to learn to do that.

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