This project is awesome because it gives new life to old vintage clothes AND to fabric scraps you might have lying around.
Old Grandpa Cardigan (preferably with pockets!)
Coordinating scrap vintage fabric (enough for two elbow patches and two narrow strips for pockets)
Embroidery floss (one full skein should do, but it's better to have two in case you mess up!)
Embroidery hand needle
Sewing Machine (though the only sewing machine step here could probably be done by hand too)
2. Cut two strips of fabric that are twice as wide as and an inch longer than pocket (you want to leave room to hem the edges!)
4. Pin fabric over pocket openings.
6. Thread embroidery needle (as you would a regular hand needle) and stitch around each patch (I doubled up each stitch so the thread would really stand out!)
7. Thread the embroidery needle again to stitch pocket rectangles on: you can do a more basic looped edge, like the elbow patches, but I wanted to make mine a zigzag pattern.
...and there you have it! I'm so excited to try this on other old cardigans with different fabrics/shades of thread. I have a light yellow cardigan waiting downstairs--still deciding what color/fabric will look best on it...I'm actually looking forward to doing this again, which tells you just how easy it is (and the whole thing can be done in under an hour!)
What do you think--are you gonna give it a try?