Maple cardigan – Poppy and Jazz

What to do the night before a first birthday party? If you’re me, then what you do is sew a present at the last minute, because that’s your idea of fun.

I had some small pieces of snuggly alpine fleece leftover from a jumper I made – it’s from the Rag Shop. The pieces were so small that there would only be enough for baby clothing, and so I decided to have a go at the Maple Cardigan from Poppy & Jazz, which I’ve been meaning to try for a long time. It only requires around half a metre of fabric for infant sizes, so was perfect for the amount of fabric I had.

The pattern goes up to age 6. I made the 12-18 month size and traced, cut and sewed the pattern in about three hours in total. The construction is pretty simple with good instructions. I had a few issues caused simply by the thickness of the fabric. I opted to leave the poppers off the front, partly for speed and partly because the thickness meant I was unlikely to be able to install the poppers. I rarely fasten my daughter’s cardigans, so figured the poppers aren’t essential.

I’m really pleased with how it turned out, and the birthday boy liked it too. Will definitely be making more from this pattern.

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