HOW TO MAKE… AN EMBELLISHED CARDIGAN
Cardigan Embroidery thread Seam ripper Tapestry needle Sewing needle
We love Lana Red’s idea of using floral buttons and hand stitching to turn a plain cover-up into a thing of beauty. The same technique can be applied to skirts, pockets, summer jackets, dresses – anything you fancy really.
01 Remove the existing buttons from your chosen cardigan using a seam ripper and scissors.
02 Sew the floral buttons in the place of the old ones using coordinating embroidery thread, alternating the colours of the buttons as you go. If the buttons are larger than those you have just removed, carefully use your seam ripper to slightly enlarge each of the button holes before sewing on the new buttons.
03 Thread your tapestry needle with contrasting embroidery thread (we used white) and tie a knot in the end. Starting at the bottom of the cardigan, sew a widely-spaced running stitch, working your way up the lapel and then around the neckline of the cardigan, as shown.
04 Once the stitching is complete, secure the end of the thread neatly on the inside of the cardigan and trim the loose ends. Your new cardi is now ready to gift or wear.