Cardigan for Girls tutorial (free pattern)

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This Fall cardigan for girls tutorial is perfect for adding a light layer for warmth and style to your little girl’s outfit.  I love this girl's cardigan sewing pattern! Such a cute DIY idea. I love that there's a free pattern and sewing instructions too!Make several to mix and match with outfits.


1 yard medium to heavy weight knit: fleece, sweater knit, sweatshirt fleece, french terry, ponte knit, interlock, etc, with at least 30% stretch

Sewing Essentials (scissors, pins, etc.)

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Cardigan for Girls Tutorial

Step 1 – Cut out the pattern pieces

2 front (mirror images)

1 back on fold

2 sleeve band

3″ strip running across the width of the fabric (from selvage to selvage) – this will be your front band

Step 2 – Begin to Sew

Seam allowances are 3/8″ / 1 cm.

With right sides together, sew front to back at shoulders and underarm seams.

Step 3 – Make the Cuffs

Sew short ends of arm bands together, right sides facing, to form a loop. Fold loop in half, wrong sides together and raw edges meeting.




Stitch raw edges of arm band to sleeve, right sides together, matching arm band seam to sleeve underarm seam.

Step 4 – Attach the Collar

Take long front band strip (see cutting list above) and fold so that raw edges meet, wrong sides together. Press.





Pin to front edge, back neck, and down the other front edge on the right side of the cardigan.





Stitch. You’ll have some left over, just trim it off.



Step 5 – Finish the Cardigan

Press seam allowance towards cardigan and topstitch if desired.





Finish bottom edge with a serger or zigzag stitch. Fold bottom edge 1″ to the wrong side and pin in place.





Topstitch hem.

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I love this girl's cardigan sewing pattern! Such a cute DIY idea. I love that there's a free pattern and sewing instructions too!
Angel Hickman Peterson

Angel Hickman Peterson

Creator, Editor and Author at Fleece Fun
Angel has a bachelor’s degree in Film Studies from the University of Utah, with a professional background is in film, television, radio and ad production. Angel currently divides her time between her small production company Angel Dawn Productions, her online sewing and crafting blog, her two little girls, baby boy, husband and on very good days also manages to get the dishes done.
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