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Tutorial:: Little Old Man Cardi
I know I heard you all say, "Nawwwww!" I don't blame you, I can't believe how damn cute this little guy is! I had so much fun making him model for me, it's the first time since he learnt to walk I think. I put him against the white wall to take photos and he just stood there, pulling different faces and performing for me! CUTEST.

I didn't get to take as many photos as I wish I had of, but I'll try to explain it in lots of words! This tutorial will show you how to turn this

into this!

Posted by Max California from Brisbane, Queensland, Australia • Published See Max California's 26 projects »
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  • How to make a baby jumper. Little Old Man Cardi - Step 1
    Step 1

    You're going to need a shirt that fits little man well, preferably with long sleeves. It doesn't need to be a button-up shirt ((or have a collar)), any shirt will do. You'll also need some paper or cardboard to make the pattern. Choose a knit sweater or cardigan that you want, and some t-shirt fabric - or a contrast jumper, or even use the same one - to make the trim.

  • How to make a baby jumper. Little Old Man Cardi - Step 2
    Step 2

    Fold the shirt you are using in half and trace around the neckline, shoulders, armhole and sideseam. If this is your first time making a pattern from existing clothes, it may seem very difficult. Trust me though, the more you try it, the easier it will become! Do the same for the back, and the sleeve.

    Remember to add 1cm for seam allowance around this traced out line EXCEPT for the fold line of the sleeve, and the fold line of centre back!

    Also, if you are doing a V-neck for the front of the cardigan, figure it out now. I made the lowest point of my V hit about the middle of his chest, then drew a line from that point straight to the shoulder seam edge. add a seam allowance to this line too.

  • How to make a baby jumper. Little Old Man Cardi - Step 3
    Step 3

    Cut out and name your pattern pieces!

    Now pin the pieces to the item you are reconstructing, make sure you lay them all out first to make sure you have enough fabric! Then cut them out. MAKING SURE the parts that are named place on fold ((the longest edge of the sleeve, and the centre of the back)) are ON A FOLD!

  • How to make a baby jumper. Little Old Man Cardi - Step 4
    Step 4

    Next, sew the shoulder seams of the fronts to the back, making sure the right side ((the outside)) of the pieces are against each other. Overlock! If you don't have an overlocker, make sure you zigzag stitch because you don't want it all unraveling on the inside!

  • How to make a baby jumper. Little Old Man Cardi - Step 5
    Step 5

    Now pin the sleeves to the cardigan, right sides together. Match the centre of the sleeve to the shoulder-seam you just made. Now sew + overlock!

  • How to make a baby jumper. Little Old Man Cardi - Step 6
    Step 6

    Now cut some of whatever you are using for trim, the length of the end of the sleeve ((around the wrist)).

  • How to make a baby jumper. Little Old Man Cardi - Step 7
    Step 7

    The width is up to you, remember that you are folding it in half and you need 1cm on each edge for seam allowance.

  • How to make a baby jumper. Little Old Man Cardi - Step 8
    Step 8

    Fold the wrist trims in half lengthways and stitch + overlock it to the wrist of each sleeve. As you can see, I did it a different way, and that way turned out stupid, so just do what I'm saying :D Remember that the trim will be stitched onto the RIGHT side of the fabric.

    Now fold your cardi inside out and stitch the sideseams right up to the armpits and across the sleeve seam! EASY!

  • How to make a baby jumper. Little Old Man Cardi - Step 9
    Step 9

    At this point I tried the cardi on Vince. The sleeves were way too baggy, so I just took them in by running another seam further into the cardi up the sleeves and then tapering it into the sideseam. Then I cut off the excess and OVERLOCKED.

  • How to make a baby jumper. Little Old Man Cardi - Step 10
    Step 10

    Now measure with a tape measure the entire way from centreback around the neck, down the front, across the bottom, across the back and on until you get back to centre back.

  • How to make a baby jumper. Little Old Man Cardi - Step 11
    Step 11

    Cut this measurement from the trim fabric. Remember seam allowances, and that it will be folded in half ((so like what you did for the wrists)). Fold it in half and stitch it to the cardigan, making sure the trim is being stitched to the RIGHT side of the fabric. Overlock. Now flatten it out and TOPSTITCH

    I left it like this, but you can add buttons, or snaps, whatever you like!

    Now put it on your model, get him up on his horse and awaayyyy!

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Kristi H.
Kristi H. · 4 projects
Oh my gosh he is such a cutie!^^ Kinda makes me want a kid to make one for.
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Nancy!
Nancy! · Shawinigan, Quebec, CA · 64 projects
i realy love your baby stuff!!
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ciinandii
ciinandii · Pretoria, Gauteng, ZA · 8 projects
I'm so gonna make this for my godchild...and your little man is adorable!
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Lolly.Bot
Lolly.Bot · Enfield, England, GB
AAAAAAAAWWWWWWWWWWWW that is sooooo CUTE!! I HAVE to make some for my nephews Happy
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CO + K User

adorable.
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