So as Thankgiving edges closer and the Winter Holidays are on the horizion my thoughts turn toward warm fuzzies and gift giving. This project combines the two, using felted wool sweaters.
I love these things! I pick them up at garage sales and thrift stores and a little while ago I snagged a bunch of them in a trade with my friend Lara. It's been felt heaven!
First you cut the sleeves off the sweater. Save them. Next week I'll show you how to make them into slippers.
Next you make the handles, cutting parallel to the sleeve cap and in about an inch and a half or so. This is what you're going to be hanging on to, so make it to fit your hand.
Next sew the bottom together. Turn it inside out first. I sewed it by hand because this sweater was so thick I couldn't run it through my machine. You can do it with a machine if you want.
Then it's time for a little bag origami. Flip it back inside out and turn it so that the side seams and handles are next to one another. The bottom will form two pointy triangle areas when flattened.
Then to make the bottom, sew along the middle of the triangle, straight across, where the black line is.
Then, I just tacked the two triangles down to the bottom of the bag. Because the triangles I made met in the middle I also tacked them together. You only need a couple of stitches.
Turn it right side out and Voila! You have a bag! Even with hand sewing and taking photos of everything I did it only took me about an hour. Without distractions and photo shoots, it should only take a a half an hour. Here's a couple of other bags I've made out of old felted sweaters. They make great gifts and are wonderful to customize. I like to add a small inchy tag or a beaded clasp to make them a little more exciting: