Holey Cardigan

I have this super cute cardigan from J. Crew with a hole peaking out from the elbow.  At first it was just a little guy, but it quickly grew into a small crater on my sleeve.  You see, I really like this cardigan, and I didn’t want to throw it out just because of a little hole.  Fortunately, grandpa patches on sweaters and cardigans are in right now, so I decided to sew some patches on the sleeves to cover up the hole!  The supplies I used were a needle, thread, scissors, pins, a Sharpie marker, and for the patch I used material cut off from an old pair of pants that have a hole in the knee.
I began by taking the material for the patch and my silver Sharpie and I drew an oval on the cloth.  (My patches are roughly 5 1/2 inches long, roughly 3 inches wide- you can make yours any size necessary.)  After drawing the oval patch on the material, I cut it out, and used it to trace the second patch so it is equal in size to the other sleeve.
When I was satisfied with the shape, size and equality of appearance of the patches, I used pins to fasten the patches onto the sleeves (making sure to cover the hole, of course).  I tried on the cardigan, and looked at the sleeves in front of a mirror to make sure they were even.  I had to do some adjusting of one sleeve to even it out.
I used a needle and thread to stitch on the patches by hand.  The stitch I did was overhand.  I’m so happy I was able to revive my holey cardigan!

And that, my friend, is the hole truth on how to repair a cardigan.



There are 8 comments for this article
  1. Alicia at 8:19 am

    #1. Adorable!!!
    #2. EVERYTHING I own from Jcrew has holes :(((

    • Story.Style.Vision Author at 1:44 pm

      Thank you! I hope this post inspired you!

  2. Jessie at 9:23 am

    I LOVE IT! You didn’t just bring it back to life… you actually made it WAY cuter 🙂 You are the DIY queen.

    • Story.Style.Vision Author at 1:44 pm

      Ah! Thank you Jessie! xo

  3. iloveapplepie at 9:55 pm

    Wow! What a cute look! I was skeptical 🙂 but you totally made it work. I am a believer!

  4. Ellyne at 9:40 pm

    Thanks Mags! I do not know where you come up with such great ideas! Such a great way to save a favorite sweater. Great earrings!
    Is that a guy in a tux over there?

    • Story.Style.Vision Author at 8:42 pm

      I learned from the BEST! xo