DIY Southwestern Inspired Cardigan

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This is more of a way to inspire a fun afternoon craft than to give a full tutorial. (Although of course, I included what I used and did at the bottom.) This DIY southwestern inspired cardigan is a fun way to bring new life to an old cardigan that you were going to get rid of!

Any color cardigan would work and you can customize it in any color and any shapes that you like. You can draw inspiration from any southwestern arts and patterns that you like! I searched some rugs and blankets that had designs that I liked and I took some shapes and inspiration from those.

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What you’ll need for a Southwestern inspired cardigan:
– A plain cardigan [thrifted mine for $3]
– Assorted fabric paints
– Paint brush
Optional: paper, scissors, & dressmaker’s marking pencil

What I did:
– I used the paper and cut out some shapes I’ve seen on some other aztec inspired sweaters
– Laid the shapes out how I wanted them on the sweater
– Traced them with the marking pencil and added a few other designs
– Painted it! – you might have to do this in sections since the sweater won’t lie flat and you don’t want it to smudge or soak through!

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