DIY COCOON CARDIGAN

I put together this tutorial for a cocoon cardigan for you and I am so excited about it.  I love a loose fitting cardigan.  It has everything I look for with a good layering piece.  It’s long enough in the back to wear with leggings, it’s loose and drapey so that it’s flattering, and it has a modern on trend silhouette.  It’s also very easy to make and here is how to make your own:
Materials:
- 2 yards of knit fabric
- matching thread
- ruler
- sewing machine
- serger (optional)
Step 1 – Cut your fabric into two rectangles that are 30″ wide and 40″ long.  The most stretch should be along the 30″ length.
Step 2 – On the inside top edge cut at curved line from 5 inches in and 10 inches down. (This will taper the top edge for the neck and shoulders.)  Also cut a straight line 11 inches in from to top right corner to 18 inches down.  Repeat a reflected version on the other piece of fabric.
Step 3 – With right sides together, sew the two pieces together at the center back.  (I just serged this seam, but in retrospect it would look a lot nicer if you did a french seam.)  Connect the new top right corner to the bottom right corner and the new top left corner to the bottom left corner.  Sew together with right sides together to create a sleeve.
Step 4 – Measure up the sleeve seam from the point 5 inches and cut a vertical line through all layers to create the sleeve opening.
Step 5 – On both the armholes and the body opening turn back edge by 1/4″ and then another 1″ to create hems.  Stitch at just under 1″ to finish it.  Because it is so oversized there really is no tension on these seams, so even though it is a knit fabric you can still do a basic straight stitch. (Because of the drape of this style you will most likely see these hems so make sure that they look nice.)
Step 6 – At the neck, sew a gathering stitch from the top to 6 inches down on the center back seam.  Gather that stitch until it is 3 inches in length.  Stitch on top of the gather to secure it.
That’s it!

 

46 thoughts on “DIY COCOON CARDIGAN

  1. Thanks for posting this! I know cocoons are considered ‘simple’ to make, but I wanted to follow a tutorial and didn’t like any of the ones up. Yours looks great! I could see adding ribbed jersey to the sleeve openings, too, to give it some sleeves.

    • Meg – Yes, I love the idea of making a long sleeved version too. I’ve been thinking about do a black version like that. I also think that ribbing around the inside would be nice too.

  2. Wow I love this, will definitely make one! Not sure if I’m clear on the first bit of sewing, how much of it do you sew up to make the centre back seam? up to the top of the curved part, or just the bottom?

  3. You know what, you were right. We are vibing each other from across the oceans. I’ve been mulling over the idea of a Cocoon coat / Kimono jacket too. Yours is beautiful, looks perfect for layering.

  4. I did not realize I needed a drapey cardigan until I saw this but now I must have one! Thanks for posting this. I love garments that don’t require a pattern!

  5. I’m busy debating whether this will look good on me while mentally running through my stash to determine if I have any fabric that would work for this.

    It looks GREAT on you! :D

  6. Hi!

    I thought I was all set to start making this but now I think I’m misunderstanding the measurements. Is the greatest amount of stretch supposed to run parallel to the 30″ side? All the knit fabric I’ve seen has the greatest amount of stretch running width-wise, but that would mean that this project would require fabric that is at least 60″ wide or more than 2 yards in length (total 80″) to complete.

    I bought 2 yards of 56″ wide fabric. Am I supposed to cut the pieces so that the greatest amount of stretch runs parallel to the 40″ side or should I cut them a few inches narrower or a few inches shorter?

    I can’t wait to make this!!

    • Dana – My fabric was 60″ wide so I just cut it down the middle making two pieces that were 30″ wide and 40″ long. That being said some of the people that have made it have found it too roomy so I would suggest just cutting it in half making two pieces that are about 28″ x 40″. You will have to fiddle a bit with the numbers, but really it will be fine. Let me know once it’s done. I would love to see it!

  7. Love this. Can’t wait to try it. I’m down in the dumps because my sewing list is sitting pretty stagnant while my pregnant belly is anything but. I love projects that span the pre-during-post pregnancy life. :)

    I hope at some point I’ll get the chance to run into you in real life at a stake event or something….I think we have some friends in common, and I so admire your work.

    –an admirer from the other end of the island

    • Shanna, yes we should meet in real life sometime. Who are our mutual friends?
      Also, this would be perfect for your prego transition. You know another great prego project would be tessuti’s fav top – and its a free pattern too. I just made mine in a 4 way stretch bamboo knit and I kept thinking how I wished I had it during my last pregnancy.

    • Ciara S. is a friend from her days downtown, and I am recently acquainted with Diana H. (I’ve seen them both comment on your insta feed. :)

      Ooooo…thanks for the tip about the Tessuti top! I will check it out for sure! Love that bamboo knit at Mood. Perfect project to try it out.

    • I know Ciara Sch… from her days downtown and I’m recently acquainted with Diana H. (I’ve seen both of them comment on your insta feed).

      Good tip about the tessuti pattern! Downloading right away!

  8. Thanks “sew ” much! I look forward to sewing this soon! p. s. thanks for the clear directions and pictures too!!

  9. I am ordering fabric right now to make this. I need a new layering piece. Is there an easy way to put sleeves on it?

    • ive thought that you could just add a skinny tube that would extend from the elbow to the wrist approximately. i am going to try it this fall for sure.

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