In this DIY I show you how to make a fully-lined cozy teddy cardigan.

It’s winter here in Cape Town and I just had to make myself this comfy yet stylish piece. I used to own a teddy cardigan, but I gave it away (goodness knows why I would do such a thing), and I have regretted it ever since. Nonetheless, my DIY skills came to the rescue!

I’ve been in a bit of a social media rut for the past 6 or 7 months. I’ve been feeling over the whole posting online about this ‘n that and very anti-blogging and vlogging. Instead, I’ve retreated into my little creative cave here at home, indulging in DIY projects, making lots of things that hardly see the light of day. If I do post something, trust me, it took a lot of energy out of me. With that said, I decided to slap together this video – as imperfect as it is, just to get the ball rolling again. I hope I can keep the momentum going, because I derive so much pleasure out of sharing with you how to be creative and do your own thang. There is nothing more rewarding to me than to know I have inspired someone. And I’m hoping this will do that again.

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Teddy Cardigan – Made By Me // White Denims – ZARA // Turtle Neck – ZARA

Start before you are ready! This is my new motto.

So yes, it’s not perfect, but I started! In fact, that’s my new motto… to start before I’m ready. If I’m going to waste time trying to perfect something, it’s never going to see the light of day, so I may as well just get it done, and focus on progress rather than perfection.

My grandmother passed away recently. She has played a huge role in my sewing journey and if it weren’t for her, I wouldn’t be where I am today. She took me shopping after I told her “Ma, I wanna sew!” and she showed me what to buy for my little starter kit. It was truly one of the best days of my life and I can look back on it now, cherishing that precious moment with my Ma. She was an amazing teacher, and I’m going to miss her. I’m just so grateful her legacy lives on, and I tribute my first DIY video post for 2018 to her.

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What you will need

  • Basic sewing skills
  • A cardigan or jacket to trace
  • 1.5 – 2 meters/yards of fluffy or furry fabric
    – depends on how long you would like your cardigan to be
  • 1.5 – 2 meters/yards of satin lining fabric
  • Co-ordinating thread
  • Pins
  • Craft Paper
  • Pencil
  • Ruler
  • Measuring Tape
  • Paper Scissors
  • Fabric Scissors
  • Sewing Machine


1. Trace the front bodice.

2. Trace the back bodice on fold.

3. Trace the sleeves on fold.

4. Add 0.5″ seam allowances to the parts that are not on fold and add 1″ hem allowance at the bottom.

5. Cut out the pattern pieces.

6. Cut out all the pieces for the lining – front bodice, back bodice and sleeve.s

7. Cut out all the pieces for the main fabric – front bodice, back bodice and sleeves.

8. Place the sleeves of the lining right sides touching and pin and sew the side seams.

9. Sew the shoulder and side seams of the lining bodice.

10. Attach the sleeves to the lining bodice.

11. Repeat the above for the main fabric outer shell.

12. Place the sleeves of the main fabric right sides touching and pin and sew the side seams – remember to tuck the fluffy parts towards the right sides – they shouldn’t be sticking out on the wrong side.

13. Sew the shoulder and side seams of the main bodice.

14. Attach the sleeves to the main bodice.

15. Turn the main outer shell wrong side out, and place the inner lining piece right side out inside the outer shell. Place the lining sleeves inside the main outer shell sleeves as well.

16. Pin and sew all the way from the bottom all around the neckline, leaving a gap at the bottom of the cardigan so that you can turn it right side out later on.

17. Once done, turn the whole thing right side out. Your cardigan is starting to take shape!.

18. Now it’s time to sew the sleeves. Reach inside and ensure that the sleeve seams of the inner and outer fabric are lining up, and place a pin to secure it in place.

19. Reach inbetween the lining and main fabric on the wrong side and pull the pinned sleeve out. Try not to twist the sleeve at this point, carefully match up the seams of the sleeve ends of the lining and main fabric, right side touching. Pin and sew these in place.

20. Repeat these steps for the other sleeve.

21. Now turn everything right side out and pop the sleeves back into place.

22. All that’s left to do is to close the bottom opening by folding the raw edges inward and then hand-stitching it into place.

23. Give all the edges a good press and you’re done!

Watch the video if you would like to learn how to make your own lined teddy cardigan and let me know in the comments what you think of this look.

I’m a self-taught sewist, so the techniques I show you in my video are things that work for me at the time the video has been recorded. It may not necessarily be the “industry” way, but it’s certainly an easy way, and I’m happy to share my learnings with you as I embark on this creative journey!

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