Sew an Accessory From a Cardigan

by Ramona on November 3, 2011

ASG staff does sew sometimes. Really.

Here’s an accessory I made 2 1/2 years ago. I brought it out of hiding, inspired by the show Project Accessory on Lifetime TV. The first episode challenged the designers to create three beautiful accessories with discarded objects — ok, garbage. Here’s my project, which was made before this TV show was a gleam in the producer’s eye.

Before: my well-worn celery green cashmere cardigan which I could not bear to part with, became outdated, pilled and was generally aging (be careful with that term – we’re sensitive to it).

Close up

Inspiration for embellishment

After: a scarf with swirly embellishment. The inspiration was an Anthropologie shirt from many seasons ago.

Sorry, there are no tutorial pics but here’s how it was done: I cut the cardigan body in one wide, and many narrow strips horizontally, i.e. each strip was cut starting from the cardigan front, across the back and ended at the other front. The wide 8-10 inch wide strip is the body of the scarf; the narrow 1-inch strips are the embellishment.

Finished scarf

The edges of all strips were lettuced on the sewing machine with silver metallic thread. Why silver metallic thread? Because I looked in my thread stash and it gleamed at me. The narrow strips were then sewn to the wider strip (scarf body) down the center in a spiral design. That’s it.   The rest of the cannibalized cardigan had enough fabric in the sleeves and back for another scarf – this time combined with moss green silk velvet.  That’s for another post ………..

What is your favorite self-made accessory with new materials or old ones? Fabric or any other material? Show us! Show us!




Janith November 4, 2011 at 10:56 am

Thanks Samina, this is just the inspiration I needed for my favorite grey cashmere sweater!

Samina November 4, 2011 at 1:49 pm

Janith, I’m thrilled that this inspired you! Once you’re done with re-making your sweater, send me pictures.

Tressa Castaldo November 18, 2011 at 12:32 pm

Many thanks for this post and for your blog on the whole. I’ve just liked it.

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