Homemade Wool Sweater Purse

It's a great project

to make if you can




I took a wool sweater from the thrift store and combined it with some ticking stripe and some gray fabric and made it into a really great new purse. This is not a tutorial, but just showing you the details of the bag.
I first washed and dryed the wool sweater to 'felt' it (make it shrink) for a tighter weave. I designed this in my head as I went along. I knew that I wanted to use the bamboo circle handles that I had on hand, so by simply making a shape from cutting under the sleeves then up towards the neckline in an arched fashion. This arch was then folded down over the bamboo handles and sewed to secure.
I embellished each side with a cream wool rose I fashioned from another wool sweater and a broach on one side and an 'M' pin on the other representing my last name.
For the liner inside, I used a matching soft gray fabric combined with black and white ticking fabric. I love to be organized and each side has four pockets for cell phone, keys, lipstick, tic tacs, pen and hand sanitizer.
I love how handy it turned out and wrapped in a really cute package!

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  1. I want to make some bags so bad. I keep pinning my favorites (like this one) hoping I will get to them. I am in love with this one. I especially like the organizing pockets inside. So creative!

  2. This is a beautiful bag you have created. I love the lining, too!

  3. So pretty! I love the little flower and brooch you added....a perfect touch!

  4. Your purse looks so cozy, I love it! I really like all the pockets inside and the rose decoration. What an awesome project. Please come share your blog posts over at the Home Matters Linky Party! We'd love to have you for a visit. The Door is OPEN. :) http://lifewithlorelai.com/2015/01/29/home-matters-linky-party-22/

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  5. Teri, this is so cute I love that it's made out of a thrifted sweater. Wish I had seen this before I went to Goodwill yesterday, lol. Cathy

  6. Hi Terry! I love your purse! Lovely details and well done!
    Hope you have a wonderful week!
    Hugs and love from Portugal,
    Ana Love Craft

  7. This is adorable. What a lovely bag. It shows you what you can do with a bit of imagination and creativity.

    Over from Home matters linky.

    Kate :o)

  8. I <3 your purse!!!! I would totally buy one<3 Are they for sale???

  9. How Lovely! Love if you stop by My Fabulous Friday Party and Share your posts. Thanks Maria http://www.simplenaturedecorblog.com/fabulous-friday-party-23/

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  11. Terry, thanks so much for coming by the #HomeMattersParty for a visit, and linking up with us! :)

    Life With Lorelai

  12. What a great use of an old sweater. It looks really chic. I will be featuring this at my Winter Blues Wednesday party that opens tonight at 8pm EST. Please stop by and pick up an I've Been Featured button. Thanks. http://diybydesign.blogspot.com

  13. Pinned to What to do weekends Linky Board. Beautiful work!!!

  14. That is super cute Terry! Thank you for joining Home Sweet Home!

  15. The home made sweater purse is one of my favorite links you shared at my last party, its Fabulous Friday and hope you can share another pretty post.. Maria


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