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Comfy Fleece Cardigan (Ikea Hack!)

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Make a comfy Fleece Waterfall Cardigan from a blanket!

How to make a cardigan sweater from fleece

Make a cardigan from a fleece blanket:

I do what I can to keep our gas and electric bills down.  I turn off all the lights, unplug energy draining appliances, use the fans in summer, etc…  In the winter, I am of the opinion that if you’re cold, instead of turning up the heater, go put on a sweater.   (This is directed to my hubby who walks around in shorts, tees and bare feet, then complains about being cold!)

I have several sweaters and cardigans that I wear almost constantly during the winter months.  (You might even catch me walking around the house with one of my kids throw blankets draped over my shoulders – they are so warm!)

I was at Ikea last week and noticed they had large (51 x 67) fleece throw blankets for 2.99.  As I passed by, I mentally added a trip to the fabric store for fleece so I could make a new cardigan using my draped shawl cardigan tutorial pattern.  (Click the link for the tutorial.)

While eating lunch with the kiddos, (It was Tuesday and kids eat free) it dawned on me that I didn’t need to go to the fabric store, I could just use their fleece blankets for my fabric.  At 2.99 for almost 2 yards of fleece, the price was better than you could get at a fabric store.

When I got home, I whipped out another cardigan in less than an hour!

DIY Draped Cardigan Tutorial (Made with a $2.99 Ikea Fleece Blanket.) #ikeahack

Doesn’t it look comfy and warm?  I wish I had made this cardigan in December instead of February.  It will get lots of use next year, for sure!

The blanket had a laser-cut edge, so I lined up my measurements to keep the detail.  This fleece does not stretch like a regular knit, so keep that in mind when cutting.  You may want to add an extra 1/4 inch around the arm hole and upper arm measurement.  When I tried on the first arm, it was a little snugger than I like, so I went back and re-sewed this area with a smaller seam allowance and that was all it needed.

I seriously recommend this project, even for a beginning sewer.  (I consider myself an “advanced” beginner.)  Once you have the pattern made, you will be able to whip these out in less than an hour.  Wouldn’t this make a wonderful gift to a mom/sister/aunt/friend?

Draped cardigan tutorial ==>> here

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  1. I have been afraid to use the IKEA fleece although I bough one to make a tunic. I thought it might be a bargain too good to be true and might rub, bobble and pill quickly. You have really tempted me to try it now. Thank you.

    1. It does pill, but for around the house, that’s not a huge deal for me – you might feel differently though.

  2. Wonderful idea. I’m trying to figure out the layout on the fleece throw. To get the scallops on the front and cut sleeves, didn’t you have to make a seam up the back? Thanks, Anne

    1. No, I laid out the pattern on the fabric so there was no seam. I don’t remember, but it may have taken more than one blanket. (made this a few years back.)

  3. Love it! I hope to try one soon!

  4. Many thanks for yet again another not only fantastic idea but fantastic tutorial. I wish that I was as cleaver as you but then again I found you so I just use your idea's!! So many thanks for sharing and helping so many like myself
    God Bless

  5. Blue Star Vermont says:

    Thanks so much for a great tutorial. As soon as I can take a break from making aprons, I will have fun making this for myself. Thanks again.

  6. Sparkling says:

    Great idea. I love the color and it was smart to keep the fancy edge. Don't you love it when you can make something unexpected out of something else???? And it saved you not only the gas to drive to the fabric store but also the temptation of buying other stuff when you ran in to the fabric store!!

  7. freckled laundry says:

    Ooh. This does look comfy! Thanks for sharing with air your laundry Friday!

  8. Miriam@BeBookBound says:

    This is absolutely brilliant! Who would have ever thought to do this with an IKEA blanket? You are so genius! Thanks for sharing. Found you at It's Overflowing 🙂