While at Goodwill a few months back, I was scouring the store for wool sweaters that could be felted and turned into a decent bag. Most of them were very ugly shades of brown, but then this beauty caught my eye! It is a royal blue and I knew it would be perfect for a wintry bag! :)
STEP 1: Felt the sweaterFelting a sweater is very easy. Just follow these steps...
- Wash in a washing machine either alone or with a towel or a pair of jeans. Use hot/cold setting with a small amount of detergent.
- Dry on hottest setting. Repeat steps 1 and 2, two more times.
- Check fabric to see if it is completely felted by snipping a small section to see if the sweater frays. If it does not fray, you are finished! If it still frays, wash and dry one more time and then test again.
STEP 2: Cut into workable pieces
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Next, you will need to find a lining fabric and then cut it to match the size of the outside fabric. Once you have that done, grab the rest of your sweater remnants and decide how big your pockets are going to be.
The top pocket you see below, was from one of the sleeves and the bottom 2 pockets were from the neckline. Simply stitch around the sides and bottom. There is no need to worry about the raw edges because they will not fray. (So easy!)
First, take your outside fabric (felted wool squares) and place them right side together (really is not a right and wrong side for this wool). Stitch a 1/4" seam allowance around the sides and bottom, leaving the top open. Do the same for the lining, being sure to have the right sides together.
Next, take your wool pieces that have been sewn together and at the sewn corners cut out a 2x2 inch square on either side.
to your bag. This is a very casual, just-for-me, type of bag, so I used Velcro. Just stitch around the edge with some white thread to secure to the right side of the lining fabric.
The key: Leave an opening about the size of your fist so you can turn your bag later. I mark this section with 2 pins so I do not forget. (Yet, I usually forget!)
Handstitch the opening closed. Then, finish the bag off by adding one row of topstitching close to the outer, upper edge of the bag.
The handles are then added evenly to either side. Stitch to the outside of the bag by sewing a square and then and X through the middle. I decided to hand sew on some buttons too.
Have you ever made anything out of felted wool before? Tell me about it and I'll go check it out and share!
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