Polka Dotted Cardigan Tutorial

December 13, 2013Allison Murray
Easily make a polka dotted cardigan. Simple as cutting and ironing!

Easily make a polka dotted cardigan. Simple as cutting and ironing!

I found these super cute, if a bit plain, cardigans at Walmart. They were only $12 and came in a nice variety of colors. But the second I saw the oatmeal colored I thought it would be perfect if only it had some glitzy black polka dots!

So I brought it home and dithered between sequins or glitter. In the end I decided to go glitter since I had some Tulip Fashion Glitter sheets basically meaning that I could update my top in about 15 minutes. Things didn’t go exactly as planned as you might have guessed from the distinctly GOLD polka dots but you’ll just have to read on to see what happened!

To make your own polka dotted cardigan you will need:

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Easily make a polka dotted cardigan. Simple as cutting and ironing!

There are lots of packs with different colors. I started off planning on having black polka dots so I got into this package in the beginning. I also busted out my faithful 1 1/2 inch circle punch.

Easily make a polka dotted cardigan. Simple as cutting and ironing!

Take your punch and cut as many circles as close together as you can until you’ve either got enough dots or you’ve used up the entire sheet. I used 28 polka dots on a medium sized sweater, FYI.

Easily make a polka dotted cardigan. Simple as cutting and ironing!

And if you’re wondering how you can get so many out of a sheet with minimal waste, I prefer a punch with no catching plastic guard on the bottom. Then I turn the punch over and I can see when I have a solid piece to punch out but I can also maneuver so that it is as close to the previous punch as possible.

Easily make a polka dotted cardigan. Simple as cutting and ironing!

All right, so this is when I realized that I did not care for the black on the wheat color. Simply put, there is way, way too much contrast between the two colors for me.

Easily make a polka dotted cardigan. Simple as cutting and ironing!

So I started punching out gold polka dots instead. Perfect!

Easily make a polka dotted cardigan. Simple as cutting and ironing!

Go ahead and place your dots as you’d like them on your sweater as you cut your dots out.

When you’re ready to attach set your iron to the hottest you can for your type of fabric (I went straight up cotton setting). Place a thin piece of fabric over your dots and place your hot iron on top for 30-60 seconds.

Now, this stuff gets freaking hot and sticky. Think about pizza that is too hot to eat. That cheese sticks to the roof of your mouth and burns the living daylights out of you. But if you wait just a little bit it’s hot and delish and forms no permanent scar tissue on the roof of your mouth.

This stuff can be similar. If you try and touch it immediately after ironing it tries to stick to YOU instead of your cardi. (In fact I actually said “it tricked me like pizza!” to which I got a “Um, what?” from the next room). So leave it until it cools (it  hardly takes any time) and then scratch at the edges to make sure it secured down. Iron again if necessary.

Easily make a polka dotted cardigan. Simple as cutting and ironing!

Isn’t this sucker so cute? It’s the perfect holiday sweater as far as I’m concerned and once I got my colors right it only took about 15 minutes start to finish! Since I still have a boatload of black polka dots ready to go, I’m trying to decide if I want a black with black polka dotted cardigan, or if I want to try and find a similar style red one. Hmm. What do you think?

Comments (7)

  • Stephanie

    December 13, 2013 at 9:42 AM

    This turned out SO cute! Way to really make plain sweater super cute!!

  • Cynthia Banessa

    December 13, 2013 at 5:17 PM

    Love this cardigan and the glittery polka dots…yea the gold dots look so much better…great fashion for the holidays. Would look great with a pair of jeans!!! Thanks for the post!

  • Midsommarflicka

    December 15, 2013 at 4:15 PM

    Anything polka dotted is awesome – and so is this cardigan!
    <3

    Although I'd take some non-glittery but plain black & white maybe…
    But it gives me a great inspiration, thanks!

    Love, Midsommarflicka

  • Alyssa

    December 16, 2013 at 3:19 PM

    Black with black dots! Definitely! Sounds so cute.

    Thanks for sharing! I’m inspired now to bling out some old cardigans that need an update…

    1. Allison

      December 16, 2013 at 8:19 PM

      Going black on black, then. Thanks Alyssa!

  • Liz Queenlila

    January 5, 2014 at 5:09 AM

    wow! that looks so cute! :)

    1. Allison

      January 10, 2014 at 11:08 AM

      Thanks, Liz! I worried that it would just look like I stuck some dots on a cardi but the material makes it look store bought that way :)

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