DIY Maje inspired bow sweater

DIY Maje inspired bow sweater | Kittenhood

I told you I was on a roll with sweaters this fall! This week’s DIY project is a black sweater that I’ve seen on Emma Stone and needed to have. Of course, I was not going to pay the full price of $305, but the DIY price of approximately $5. Pretty convenient, I’d say! The original sweater is by Maje, a label that I don’t know much of, but I didn’t need many supplies to create my own version.

What you need:

  • sweater
  • (matching) soft leather
  • scissors
  • (matching) thread and needle
  • a button

I had a turtleneck sweater, so I started by cutting off the neck. You can skip this step if your sweater is crew neck. Next, I cut a teardrop shape at the back, and blanket stitched it. You need to do this because adding the leather makes the sweater lose elasticity at the neckline, and you won’t be able to put it on if it won’t stretch.

Next, I cut a piece of leather of about 5 cm (2 inches) wide, with a length equal to the circumference of the neckline. On the right side of the sweater, I placed the right side of the leather, about 1 cm from the edge, and stitched it along the entire piece. You can use a sewing machine, but I was worried not to break mine. I folded the leather, covering the neckline, and stitched on the wrong side of the sweater, without it showing on the right side. I finished this step by stitching a button on one side of the leather trim, and a buttonhole on the other.

Next, cut a piece of leather that’s about 15 cm (5 inches) long and 5-6 cm (2 inches) wide. Fold it and stitch the ends together, on the wrong side of the fabric. Then, turn in on the right side, and use a smaller piece of leather to give it the shape of a bow, while also covering the stitch. See a more detailed tutorial on how to make a bow here. Finish by stitching the bow under the neckline, like a bow tie. Done! Wash by hand, in cool water.

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  1. I love this project and how you cut down a turtleneck and made a totally new garment out of it with the leather trim and bow and also how well you explained why and how you did each step. I think my readers will also like this DIY and I posted an image and a link back to your site on my Tumblr blog.

    1. thanks so much for posting my DIYs :)

  2. oh this is really awesome! This would look great with different colour combinations. A white sweater with tan leather would be so nice.

    1. great idea! it would look very classy!

  3. Girl you are on a role with these D.I.Y sweaters. I love all of them.

    1. yeah, I’m upgrading everything in the closet, apparently! :)

  4. This is so cute! I saw many sweaters wih this look at the mall yesterday. It’s very in right now-great work!

  5. It looks so good, I really like how it came out!
    I imagine it could also look great with a white or red sweater and black leather.

    1. totally! as long as the color doesn’t come off in the wash!

  6. This is such a good idea! I would be worried that the sweater would start unravelling if I cut it though. Did you use one that wasn’t a knit? x Sushi

    1. hey Sushi, it was a wool sweater, and it was a machine-made knit. I did use that blanket stitch at the teardrop cutting, so it doesn’t unravel, so I think that’s something you can do!

  7. love your DIYs, perfectly made and super-inspirational!

  8. you are a wizard!! it looks JUST like it!

  9. this is really cool Daria, it looks really amazing :)

  10. I want one! I love leather accents on sweaters. I made a tunic with a leather collar, I have to take a photo and show you!

  11. your’s is even much prettier! very insprativ, thank you!

  12. […] Daria from Kittenhood shows how she added leather trim and a leather bow to the neckline of a sweater, a look was inspired by a designer sweater she spied on the internet.  Her DIY version is made from a plain sweater and some small pieces of soft leather.  Love!!   Go to her tute. […]

  13. irony i just pinned this like a week ago to make it now you did all the work for me now i get to just follow directions so cool thnx

  14. […] DIY Maje Inspired Leather Trimmed Sweater with a Bow Tutorial from Kittenhood here. Really doable DIY. Left Photo: Emma Stone wearing $305 Maje Pamplune Leather Trimmed Wool Sweater found here. Right Photo: DIY by Kittenhood.  […]