Easy Knit Vest Tutorial- No Sew

Easy Knit Vest tutorial- no sewing involved!

I made this  no sew tribal print knit vest last year and it is one of my favorite layering pieces. It works great under jackets, over tees, belted, with jeans and with leggings. AND it was so easy to make!
So many of you asked for a tutorial so I am sharing my methods! To start with, I followed this tutorial the first time around, BUT it didn’t fit how I liked. I tweaked it to my liking and am sharing my altered tutorial with you.
Materials: 1 square yard of knit fabric (That’s it!)
I found all of my knit fabric at JoAnns. Look for the fashion knits to find some great prints or textures. Start by laying out your fabric. Clean up any badly cut areas. Don’t trust the cutting counter to do it for you.

Easy Knit Vest tutorial- no sewing involved!

Fold the yard of fabric in half long ways. I wanted the stripes to be horizontal on my vest so you can see how I folded it.

Easy Knit Vest tutorial- no sewing involved!
Measure 7 inches down from the top edge and then 6 inches in from the folded edge. Then cut a strip down from that point that is 9 inches long between both layers.

Easy Knit Vest tutorial- no sewing involved!

I tried it on at this point and took a photo so you can see how the one yard of fabric fit on me. See how LONG it is? (I’m 5’7” by the way.) The other tutorial leaves it this long so that you can use it as a scarf and other things, but I prefer it shorter and only using it as a vest. (Notice my helper taking photos with his camera?)

Easy Knit Vest tutorial- no sewing involved!

To finish my vest, I took it back off and folded it in half again. Then I cut 6 inches off of the bottom and 4 inches off of the open edge. (Not the folded one!) Depending on your size and shape, you may want to cut off less or more. The first time I made mine I just cut little by little until it was the right shape for me.

And that is it! No sewing, no tricky math. The knit is so forgiving and you can easily adjust it if needed. I like them so much I have made three!

Try wearing it over a long sleeve tee.

Easy no sew knit vest and tall boots

Try belting it.

Easy no sew knit vest and ankle boots

Try it with a jacket!

Easy no sew knit vest with tall boots and a jacket layered on top.

Last tips:
-Pick an interesting pattern or textured knit. There are always solids, but a pattern adds so much more to an outfit! I used stripes, a tribal print, and a heather oatmeal color for mine.
- The tribal knit I used wasn’t double sided and I wish it was. It makes more of a difference than you might think, so go double sided if you have the option.
-Don’t cut too much off of the bottom! You want it to cover most of your bum so that it hangs out of a jacket. That is what makes it an interest-adding layer!

Let me know if you have questions! I’d love to see how your's turn out!


  1. i love it! you are so talented :)
    thanks for sharing!


  2. Shut up you made that!!! I am sooo impressed! Definitely going to make this soon :)

  3. I would have never thought of just cutting the slits for arm holes. That is really clever. I think I'm going to grab some knit next time I am at JoAnn's.

  4. This is fabulous! I've got to try it.

  5. I am so doing this, but i really love that tribalprint from last year!!!

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  7. Ok, I seriously think that I might be able to do this. Just maybe though...because my craftiness is somewhat limited.

  8. PS. What time does your Wednesday Kid link up go live?

  9. Saw your link over at Sugar Bee Take-A-Look Tuesdays. Very cute and this looks easy enough to actually do! Thanks for sharing.

  10. I see you got a shout out over on "ain't no mom jeans"!

  11. Love this! Thanks for the inspiration!

  12. I absolutely love this! It looks so easy that I think even I could make one.
    A couple questions... How long is it? Does it cover your rear end?

  13. Love this easy knit vest and all the other vests you refashioned ... I'm excited to go thrift shopping !! Question ... I love the 3/4 sleeve white shirt you are wearing with your tribal knit vest, where did you get it ?

    1. The tee is from TJ Maxx- it is just a no-name brand long white tee.

  14. Hi, Do you really mean a square yard of fabric or did you use a yard at the original width?

    1. Hi,
      Buy one full yard. You will likely trim it shorter as you fit it to yourself, but one yard is a great place to start.

  15. Since I'm heavier than you, I suspect my arm holes probably should be further apart... and tried to figure this out myself..... how did you come to the measurements? I thought about just measuring the distance between my shoulders (perhaps even using a blouse as a prop).... Thanks for any assistance.... this is the cutest.... so is your tribal scarf!

    1. Yes- Measure the distance between your armpits-. a blouse for a prop is a great idea.

  16. How did you come up with 7 inches on top? I'm making this for different body types so I'm wondering if I need measurements.

  17. I've made 6 of these! Have shared directions with friends and coworkers and the trend is spreading like wild fire :) super cute and thank you!

  18. Awesome, but if you are going to cut off 4" which would equal 8" total since it is through both layers, why not just purchase 3/4 yard?

  19. LOVE this idea!! Made a Halloween costume from spangly/sequined knit fabric, came out great!! Like others, I'm bigger than you, so measured across the back of my shoulders and halved that (used 10" rather than your 6") -- also, I started with a yard and a half of fabric, so it was fuller. I'm going to make another Halloween costume using this method!! Thanks SOOO much for sharing! :D

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