Friday, December 28, 2007
Upcycled Sweater Purse
I went shopping at a couple of thrift stores over the last couple of weeks looking for some hidden treasures to use in my art projects. I only found some pretty wool sweaters to felt and use for purses. This is the first one I made. First I put the 100% wool into the washing machine in hot water w/ soap. Then I popped it into a hot dryer. When it was finished my xxl sweater vest was more like a med or small. It was felted and ready to go. I found this bucket purse pattern and made it with heavy interfacing, and lined it with brown silk. Overall, I am happy with the way it turned out. It gets real bulky with the interfacing when you sew it. I definetly am not a great seamstress, I need to improve a lot. I think it turned out well enough to use though. I also want to try to make some slippers out of the felt, but still need a pattern for that. The rest of the scraps I have been cutting into 6x6 squares that I am going to make into a throw for curling up with. That will take lots of scraps though. Has anyone else made fun stuff with felted sweaters? I would love to see what you've made. I know there is a local lady that makes teddy bears out of cashmere sweaters. That would be so cuddly! Don't throw out those old sweaters, go felt them and make something new.