Sunday, January 29, 2012

Wool Sweater Makeover

Handbag made from wool sweater.

Cute as a sweater, but oh so much better as a bag.

I spent a lot of time sewing embroidery floss in all the grooves. 

I love the bright colors with the cream wool.

I whip stitched in a canvas lining to give it more body. 

I cut open one sleeve and used it for the bottom.The other one was used for the handles.

I love me some sari silk flowers.

My favorite source for sari silk.
Every now and then you finish a project that leaves a big fat smile on your face. Well this is one of those times for me. I found this great wool sweater last December at the thrift store my brother and his family own. Ya you heard me, I have a thrift store in my family. Lucky me, I just wish we lived in the same town so we could hangout and work with them more often. Every time we go for a visit, we take them a bunch of our stuff, and I always find a few treasures that I can't live without. Well this sweater was my favorite find from the last visit. Any second hand wool sweater is a joy to behold to most mixed media or quilt artists. But this one was better than most because of it's unique bell shape. As soon as I got it out of the dryer, I knew it was destined to be a handbag. I simply cut the sleeves off and turned the body of the sweater into the bag. I hand stitched embroidery floss in all of the grooves of the wool. This was the longest part of the project.  I used one sleeve for the bottom and the other for the two handles. Next I whip stitched in a canvas lining. The cherry on top of the cake came when I sewed on the handmade sari silk flowers. I make and sell them as pins, but this is one of those times when more is better, so I put every last one I had around the top of the bag. I hope you enjoy it as much as I have.  What is your favorite thrift store find?


  1. How creative you are and so much time doing all those embroidery stitches. Very pretty.

  2. adorable tote! The silk flower embellishments just send it over the top - great job :)

  3. How cool! I love the handmade wool bag with the flowers. That's so cool. It must of took alot of work to come up with that idea. Great job. and its very unique.

  4. Wow! Very creative! Super cute ~ love the pops of color in the flowers and floss!

  5. Beautiful bag ~ I love the flowers, thanks for sharing...

  6. It's Beautiful! and bursting with color! Thrift stores sell some of the best supplies :)

  7. This should definitely leave a smile on your face!! I LOVE the embroidery with all the colors in the grooves - so pretty!

  8. oh my word - this is really, really gorgeous!!! such a good move to use every last flower, too...sometimes more is better! ;)

    I'm visiting from "in the studio" today.

  9. Well, I just said I love to re-purpose things - This is nicely done and I love how bright and "happy" it looks! Blessings!

  10. This bag is beautiful, very colorful. I come from "In the studio"

  11. Thank you for my post pinned Cindy and I'm ok for you to try the rolled paper : Between artists we inspire each other and this is normal!
    I gladly added to the list of your members
    (I hope my english is good!!!)

  12. I love, love, love the colors in all the groves. Such a great idea! SO pretty! :)