Welcome to another addition of Frugal Gift Friday! There are only a few weeks left before Christmas, but this easy project will help you knock another gift off your shopping list. Let me show you how to make an easy felted wool sweater handbag today.
I love using items I already have on hand to make projects, but unfortunately I didn’t have any wool turtleneck sweaters. A quick trip to the local Goodwill solved my dilemma, so this project’s cost weighed in at around $4. Not bad, huh? Just be sure your sweater is at least 80% wool and is not washable wool, or it will not felt properly. I learned the hard way with one of my sweaters! Felting the sweater allows you to cut the fabric without any fraying and you don’t have to hem the edges. It just makes this project so easy!
If you have never felted wool before, don’t worry because it’s very simple. Turn your sweater inside out and run it through the wash using hot water and high heat settings. You know the sweater is felted when you no longer see the stitches. Keep an eye on it once it’s in the dryer, because it will shrink significantly. Keep this in mind when picking out your sweater!
Keep the sweater turned inside out for the start of the project. I started out by cutting off the sleeves, following the seams. I cut all the way up the sides of the sweater neckline as well. If your sweater doesn’t have a turtleneck, you can use the same process I used for my T-shirt bag here. The bag will look very similar to this one; only the handles will be more open. I used a turtleneck sweater so my bag will have a hobo bag style.
Fold the sweater evenly so the sides of the sweater are now lined up in the center and pin the bottom together. To form the handles, bring the two top sides together and join with a straight stitch across.
Now sew across the bottom edge to form the bottom of the bag. Turn the sweater inside out and you’re done. Well, maybe not yet. One more step!
If you’re like me, you hate to throw away scraps. I had some scraps leftover from trimming the sleeves off of the sweater. What about some awesome felted flowers? Great idea!
I rolled the scraps to form flowers and attached them to the bag. It adds just a touch of femininity to this dark colored bag.
You can hand-stitch them or hot glue them onto the bag. Doesn’t the added detail look great?
I am so happy with the completed handbag. It’s just too cute! I have my eye out for a pink wool sweater so I can make one for myself!
When you tell the recipient that you made this cute felted wool sweater handbag all on your own, they will be so impressed. I promise we won’t tell them how easy it was to make, OK?
Mission accomplished. Now it’s your turn. I promise you the hardest part will be finding a wool sweater to use! Good luck making one for a special person on your gift list this year. Remember if you decide to make one for me my favorite color is pink! 🙂
I almost forgot! Don’t throw away the sweater sleeves! Use them to make last week’s Frugal Gift Friday Leg Warmers!
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