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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

If you are inspired to create something based on this tutorial, I would love to see it, come back and Share it on my Facebook page!


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  1. 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

  2. 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.

  3. 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!!

  4. 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 🙂

  5. First off I love the edge! so cool and I can't believe how fast you made this! So cute! I totally am a sweater wearer in the winter. I would rather through on a cardi then turn up the heat. Thanks so much for linking up and sharing on Blissful & Domestic.


  6. That's a great idea, and who doesn't LOVE polar fleece in the chilly months. Living in NW Wisconsin, I have a whole wardrobe full of it. 🙂 Nice work!

  7. SUCH a great idea! Those ikea blankets are perfect for this and most definitely cheaper than buying fleece at the fabric store. I love the embellished edge on that color too! Thanks so much for sharing!

  8. It looks so much better as a cardigan. Love the color, and it looks like its really comfortable. Really like the lacy edge, really adds a lot. Thanks for sharing your creative inspiration at Sunday's Best.

  9. It looks so comfortable. What a great idea. Thank you for sharing at Sharing Saturday!! Have a great week!

  10. Thanks for linking up @CountryMommaCooks…Have a wonderful Sunday:)

  11. Super comfy and so cute looking! Great idea to repurpose a blanket! Love it!

  12. I so need that cardigan! Time to break out the sewing machine. I'm pinning this for reference (great tutorial in the previous post). I saw your link in the Naptime Crafters' party. I'm following you now 🙂

    Have a great weekend,

  13. Holy cow, so cute. Love the lacey edge you get on the blankets. Wish IKEA was closer for us. I'm pinning this and sharing it with my crafty friend Maridith over at strictlyhomemade.blogspot.com. She will love this. She has a linky party on Tuesdays. Found you on Blissful & Domestic linky party.

  14. This turned out amazing! What talent you have – you said an hour right?! WOW!! I am stopping by from WhipperBerry and would love if you would visit me too!!


  15. This looks better as a cardigan than a blanket! I love the details on the side, but I never purchased this blanket because it looked so chintzy and cheap to use on the couch. But I love love love it as a cardigan and it looks so lush and expensive 😉

  16. Did you submit this to ilea hackers yet? The jacket is awesome!

  17. AWESOME! I have re-purposed SO MANY of those fleece blankets! And I think I have one of those red ones looking for a new home! I may have to whip something up soon! A couple of years ago, I had a bunch of ladies get the eggshell ones and embellish them with holly leaves and berries, wool and embroidery – AMAZING! Thanks for sharing such a cute idea!

    1. I love your idea of an eggshell throw with embellished holly leaves and berries! Any pictures, I'd love to see that!