Charter Schooled: A Cardigan DIY from Elycia of Love, Elycia!

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What better time of year to get crafty than around the holidays? This week, we’re welcoming four of our favorite fashion bloggers to Story by ModCloth to re-imagine a classic ModCloth item: the Charter School Cardigan. Today, Elycia of Love, Elycia presents a pretty, elbow-patched cardi:

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Hi there! Elycia here from the blog Love, Elycia. The Charter School Cardigan in Honey is one of my most favorite basics. For this project, I wanted a subtle DIY that would make me love it even more, and fancy it up just a bit. I replaced the yellow-hued buttons with clear, sparkly ones, and elbow patches in a similar color, but a totally different texture.

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Elycia’s Charter School Cardigan DIY

Materials:
Small scissors or nail clippers
Fabric scissors
7 Buttons
Thread
Fabric that doesn’t fray
Embroidery floss
Needles
Pins
Pencil & paper

Step 1:
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 photo 3-newbuttons_zpsa5f05d19.jpgRemove the buttons using small scissors or nail clippers. I removed one and then sewed the new button on immediately, as I found it easier to position the new button right after I took the old one off.

Step 2:
 photo 4-markelbow_zps85e95954.jpgMark the elbow on your sweater using a pin. I chose not to put a permanent mark directly on the sweater in case I ever want to take the patches off.

Step 3:
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 photo 6-check_zps34e24852.jpgCut a rounded square out of paper for an elbow patch, be sure to double-check the size on your sweater to see if you like it.

Step 4:
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Step 5:
 photo 9-pinandsew_zps51bd3d26.jpgUsing the elbow mark you made as a guide, pin the patch to your sweater and sew one on each elbow using embroidery floss. Be sure to remove your pin marker before you sew on your patch!
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Enjoy your fancy new Charter School Cardigan! — By Elycia of  Love, Elycia

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4 Responses to Charter Schooled: A Cardigan DIY from Elycia of Love, Elycia!

  1. BeingZhenya 12/12/2013 at 6:03 am #

    This is cute! And really easy to make too!
    ~Zhenya
    http://beingzhenya.com

  2. pualani 12/13/2013 at 2:53 pm #

    Elbow patches are definitely in style!

  3. Tara 12/15/2013 at 7:01 pm #

    I like the color used for the patches. I would really like to do this in a heart or star shape :3

  4. Lauren 12/17/2013 at 7:19 am #

    Adorable! And I’ve got a nice little cardigan that could use a little sprucing up! :) Thank ya!

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