Sunday, 8 July 2012

Means Tested... The Upcycled Cardie

As I hinted last week, I have some rather exciting news, I have been asked to become a Jane Means ribbon stylist!  I am so exciting, as I have always loved her ribbons... and I have a set of her Easter Egg decorations that I use to decorate my Easter Tree, so it is really great to work with somebody whose products I admire and would have used anyway.  Now, the great thing is that I am going to be sent a selection of ribbons to play with (you're just a bit green aren't you?) in return for a couple of tutorials using them on my blog... I cannot tell you how many ideas I have written in my notebooks.
Well, the ribbons have not arrived yet but I did happen to have a 3 metre roll of ribbon tucked away and a cardigan that needed a lift... so it was game on!  I don't know about you but sometimes I get bored with my clothes, hate to throw them away but just want something new, so here is a quick fix for a plain but useful cardie.

You will need:
A cardigan in need of rejuvenation
Ribbon - length will depend on the number of buttons... I had 9 x 5" = 40"
Needle and Thread... contrasting colours work well
Scissors
Matches and Tealight candle

Carefully snip off your first button and put it safely aside (if you place it on the arm of your sofa and it goes missing it will be down the side of the sofa and any loose change you find is mine... honest!).  Don't get ahead of yourself and snip them all off, the indentations from the button will act as your marker each time you sew the button back on.
I worked with small buttons, so decided that an inch showing under the button was well balanced and worked well, a bigger button may need wider ribbon and a longer length.  I cut two lengths of 2.5" and then sealed the end using the lighted tea light, if you are working with a lot of ribbons that need sealing to stop them from fraying, this is cheaper than lighting lots of matches to create a pile of kindling for a dolls house.  Hold the ribbon near the flame not in it, and you will see the ends melting.
Fold under 3/4" from each end and tuck it under, you won't need to use an iron as you can finger press it.  
The ends will overlap by 1/4", catch the loop together with a stitch, so up from the bottom and back down back up again.  
Take your other loop and place it on top of the first loop to form a cross, catch the top loop with another stitch.
Find the spot on the cardie where you removed the button, put the bow you have created on top of it.  Sew the bow onto the cardie, now sew the button on.  

If you have a two hole buttonhole button, sew it on so that the holes line up on the vertical, this will make your work look smarter... if you have four holes then do them in a cross to mirror the bow behind them.


I used a red and white ribbon and decided to add further interest by alternating with red and white thread.


Continue until you have replaced all the buttons.
And there you have it about 30 mins later, a one off piece that no-one else will have, with the little touch that lifts it above the rest... now go swank!


Isn't it amazing how something so simple can make such a big change?


Right, now it's time to go and take a look at what some of the other crafty bloggers have been up to on Handmade Monday... yes, I know that another evening gone surfing, but it is such good fun, isn't it?

21 comments:

CatkinJane said...

Ros, it looks great. I spend a lot of time in my day job (in a button shop) advising people about changing buttons to revitalise cardis and jackets but this is such simple and effective way
very envious of you with lots of ribbon to play with!
Catherine x

Stephen @ Soy of the North said...

Very good idea for sprucing up old clothing. Using the tealight to seal the ends of the ribbon is very clever too. No more frayed ends :-)

CHRISTMAS PIE CRAFTS said...

What a great idea and the nice thing is that it can be adapted for anything with buttons. Great tutorial - many thanks. Looking forward to lots more ribbon ideas. Hope you have a good week.

knitnrun4sanity said...

Amazing. Who would have thought that this would have made such a change? I would never have dreant of using ribbon for this. Thanks for the tip of sealing ribbon. I am sure that this will come in useful one day!

Jane Means said...

Love it!!

butterflyblossom said...

Congratulations! Very pleased for you and looking forward to more ribbony posts!! X

Free Spirit Designs said...

what a clever idea! your cardie looks super cute now :)

congratulations on getting your ribbon assignment, it sounds like great fun and i look forward to seeing more of your ribbony creations! x

Tickled Pink said...

Brilliant job on the cardigan, and yes, I'm very jealous!! xx

Mythillogical said...

Cute as a button! And congratulations on your exciting news.

Lyn said...

Congratulations Ros!

The cardi looks terrific, and in a shop the difference between the before and after cardis would be about £20 don't you think?

Wendy said...

Lovely tutorial - makes such a difference! Brilliant news too x

Caroline Nash said...

Congratulations on your new venture and love the cardi has made all the difference

Stef said...

Looks good, as usual Ros. I can't imagine how you're going to cope with all the ribbony bits, but I shall just have to be patient :)

Helen said...

That's pretty cool and I am sure a certain young lady in this house would like ribbon buttons....

Ali said...

What a difference the addition of ribbon made to the cardigan. Really brightened it up. I can't wait to see what you'll do with the ribbon you receive. Ali x

Bev Newman said...

Fabulous idea, thank you - am thinking of things I could be doing with this already. And congratulations on the Ribbon Tester appointment, sounds like a dream job :-)

Picto said...

Congratulations, I look forward to lots of ribbony tutorials. Great revamp, it really brightens up the cardi.

Thanks for your comment on my blog, world is still full of wonder and possibilities. :o)

Jan x

Planet Penny said...

What a pretty idea!

fatmonica said...

Congratulations on being chosen as a ribbon stylist.That's great news!Judging by the cardi revamp it's totally justified too!

Fiddly Fingers said...

You are lucky, being sent things to play with and your upcycled cardigan now looks very pretty :)

dreamstar said...

Just a little ribbon envy but looking forward to seeing all your new ideas. The cardy certainly looks a lot brighter now