I've discovered the thrill of making something WONDERFUL from a mistake! I washed a sweater a while back that I could have sworn said it was machine washable only to find out it was dry clean only. Before I tossed it in the Goodwill bag, I checked the Internet and found several ideas for turning felted/fulled (shrunken) wool sweaters into other items.
I didn't use a pattern, and in fact this is the result of me trying to "improve" on the bag I had made at first.......I really messed it up, and had to cut it apart, and start over. I'm really happy with the result, and more importantly so is my daughter!
I went on to make a second purse from another sweater that I purposely felted (shrunk). Since I don't have (and I'd bet neither do you) any two sweaters that are alike, no two of these purses will ever be alike......that's kind of fun don't you think?
Step 1: Step 1 Gather your supplies
First and foremost you need a wool sweater that you have "felted" (fulled or SHRUNK). Earlier I provided VERY simple INSTRUCTABLE on how to do this......just in case you haven't already done it by ACCIDENTLY washing, and drying a wool sweater.
OK, so now you have your sweater. You also need:
ruler or tape measure
purse handles (either new from the craft store, or handles from an old purse. You could also use a reclaimed belt
sewing machine, and/or serger
Fray Check or other product that locks thread
Step 2: Step 2 Take the plunge and CUT
This was one of the hardest parts for me. I REALLY liked this sweater and so was a little nervous about cutting it apart.......Just take a deep breath, and cut! Remember it will be a bit smaller once you sew the seams, so don't cut off too much.