Making a Curtain from a Cardigan

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If you read this blog regularly (or you know me, of course) you know we’ve got a lab mix puppy. He’s 10 months old now and after lots of time and love and training he doesn’t destroy nearly as much as he used to. However, several months ago when he was teething he got hold of lots of things, including my favorite cardigan sweater…

It doesn’t look like much here, but I assure you it was adorable. And it was on sale!! For shame…

Because I’m a hoarder, I’ve been holding on to this sweater for months- there was perfectly good fabric and very usable buttons! How could I throw it out?

Then yesterday I posted about my newly spray painted  bathroom mirror and how I was unsure if it needed to be more snazzy or not. One of the comments suggested I get better curtain for the vanity and maybe some accessories or art. Well that got me thinking…. this sweater just so happens to have the perfect cream color to match the tiles and also has yellow and gray that ties in with the living room. Hmmm…..

First, I cut straight across the fabric right where the seam was at the bottom of the arm. I also cut the sleeves free and set them aside, and the seams where the buttons and button holes were as well. The sleeves didn’t have holes in them, so yeah I was still going to save that scrap fabric. Waste not want not, people!

I had a pack of Stitch Witchery that I bought when I made a halloween costume a few years ago, and basically it acts as a fabric adhesive so you don’t have to sew. I folded over each of my rough edges with the Witchery, placed a damp cloth over the fold, and steamed it into action with my iron.

I wear a size small, so unfortunately after folding over the seems to make even edges the “curtain” was too short- otherwise this would be a completely no sew DIY curtain project. To add length, I decided to sew my sleeves together to create a rod pocket.

Sewing the sleeves together was the most difficult part because I didn’t want to accidentally sew the pocket closed. I placed both sleeves on my arm and loosely sewed around the whole thing, then I went through and sewed around a second time.

Unfortunately, this looked pretty crumby when I turned it right side out because I winged it and had no idea what I was doing at any point during this project.

To cover this up, I took the buttonhole seams and used the Stitch Witchery to hide my mistakes. It wasn’t a perfect option, but it was clean enough and in the end result it looks like a purposeful design and not an attempt to hide my curtaining-without-a-plan.


I doubled up on adding the seam, one line to hide my terrible sewing and another to cover up the rough edges. I was a little worried that it would be too thick and the Witchery wouldn’t adhere, but it worked perfectly fine as long as I applied pressure when ironing it on.

So now I had my curtain as one piece and my sleeve rod pocket as another piece, all that was left was to put them together.

I love you, Stitch Witchery. With the power of a thousand suns.

I gave the whole thing another once over with the iron to get all the wrinkles out and then headed upstairs to hang it up!

Here’s a reminder of what the old curtain looked like:

For some reason when we bought the house this vanity door was missing, nothing a tension rod and an old curtain couldn’t fix.

And now here’s the pretty after pictures:

Oooooh!!! Ahhhhh!!!

How cute is this little guy? It’s far from perfect, but I love it!

And here it is from the doorway, still being cute.

So there you go, almost-but-not-completely DIY no sew curtain from a cardigan sweater! I think this is one of my new favorite projects. If you don’t have puppy chewed clothes, you could always pick up a cardigan or even a long skirt from a thrift store to make something similar!

Now tell me, what have you up cycled from from old clothes or remnants?


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