October 23, 2013

Guest Post: DIY Colorblocked Sweater

I don't post too many clothing DIYs on Thanks, I Made because of my lack of sewing skills (and machine), so I'm excited to fill that void with a guest post! Today fellow DIY blogger Marta from 2nd Funniest Thing is sharing a very cool colorblocked sweater DIY perfect for updating any old ones in your closet. Enjoy, and be sure to check out her blog if you don't already. I love how she DIYs so consciously and rethinks using old materials rather than buying new ones!

Hello to everyone, my name is Marta and I'm a DIY blogger from Barcelona passionate about making beautiful things with my hands. In my blog called 2nd FunniestThing, I love to encourage people to work with what they already have or with 2nd hand stuff. I’m sure facing life with DIY attitude can help us to take care of our planet because we change our consumption habits. Don’t you think so?

Since I saw Erin asking TIMI readers to send pictures of our projects I decided to collaborate. Given that TIMI it’s one of my favorite DIY blogs this is such an honor for me, really!! Here you are my project inspired on Stellas Mccartney’s color blocksweater which I loved at first sight. It’s a bit different because it opted for a more heart like shape but anyway hope it motivates you to think before you trash any old piece!

You’ll need:
- 3 sweaters.  I got mines at Humana’s second hand shop for less than 3€ each. I buy at their second hand shops because they help to reduce global waste and use the proceeds of their shops to finance cooperation and development projects around the world. If you also want to help them by donating your old clothes or buying second hand pieces, have a look to Planet Aid (http://www.planetaid.org/) or to Humana (http://www.humana.org/Europe-and-North-America/humana-northern-sponsors) sites depending on which country you are.
- Fabric scissors
- Pins
- Thread and needle or sewing machine
- Fabric chalk
- Plate or something round.

Start folding your sweater in half to find the middle and mark it with pins.

Trace heart shape with fabric chalk using your plate to ensure both sides keep the same proportion.

 Cut out the heart shaped front panel of the sweater.

Place half of the removed part over one of your sweaters (here, the grey one), secure it with pins and cut the half shape out. Repeat same steps with the 3rd sweater.

Put both shapes together with pins.

 Sew them together. Just one piece of advice if you are working with a sewing machine-- remember to set thread tension at its lower position when you sew knit fabrics so your seams don’t get ruffled.

Place it over your jumper and hold sides with pins. Cut excess of fabric in case both parts don’t fit properly and sew them together.

Repeat with top part.

Seams should look like this once sewed.

And you’re done; now it’s time to enjoy your new color block sweater!  Boast about your latest DIY creation with your friends and remember to say…Thanks, I made it!!!

Thanks again, Marta, for sharing such a cool project! Be sure to check out her blog (some of my favorite projects are this necklace and this clutch), and follow her on twitter or Facebook


  1. Marta, besides being an amazing person, is the queen of DIY sustainable!

    1. Veva....but look who is talking?!?

  2. Erin really, your words make feel honored :)
    I'm happy you gave the opportunity to share this DIY here. You're one of the best DIY's and I don't write more things because I don't find the right words in English to express how excited and grateful I am.
    (If anyone can translate this for me: Erin esto no es peloteo!! Es sincero!!)
    Big kisses and come to Barcelona to craft with me!!

  3. This is such an incredible piece, I'm already in love with her blog and have just begun stalking it! Thanks for introducing me to such a fabulous, talented lady!
    xo ~ Lia | Smart n Snazzy

    1. Thanks Amalia I've seen your a great DIYer too!

  4. So cute! I love that she focuses on making sustainable pieces without much waste. I hate seeing DIYs that are cute for 15 minutes at a party and then thrown in the trash. I'd love to try this!

    1. I totally agree with you. If we are going to spend time creating something, let's make it with best quality as possible! Thanks :)

  5. amazing colab post girls!!!! I love your blog Erin and love Marta's blog too!!! great job!!! :D

  6. I love it!! I've linked to your tutorial over at Craft Gossip:

  7. Very cute... and it seems quite easy.


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