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Sewing: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle a Thrift Store Sweater


The Recycled Sweater Bag isn’t quite old enough to be considered a Way Back Craft.  I first started making this bag last year.  It works great with a felted thrift store sweater, but you can also make this bag out of denim, upholstery fabric, or just about any other heavy duty material.

Do I need a reason to make a new bag?  Not really, but recycling is a darn good incentive!

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle a Thrift Store Sweater
© Jennifer Ofenstein
http://www.sewhooked.org

You will need:


  • 1 old or thift store wool sweater – felted
  • fabric for lining & pockets
  • magnet purse snap
  • 2 buttons
  • sewing machine
  • thread
  • scissors
  • chalk
  • pins
  • rotary cutter (optional)
  • walking foot (optional)




Cut a square or rectangle out of the body of the sweater, cut the same dimensions from lining fabric, remove sweater armss.




Split sleeves up seam and cut off the tops for pockets.




Cut rectangles out of the sleeve tops, cut same dimensions +1.5″ in length for lining.




Using the remaining scraps, cut out 2 circles and trim circles into free form flowers.




Cut 2″ squares out of the bottom left and right, repeat for lining fabric.


Create a long tube from lining fabric for inside pockets, pin pockets to inside, mark center with chalk for stitching line.




Pin sides and bottom, stitch, leave 2″ corners open, leave opening in the side or bottom for turning.




Fold 2” cut out matching side and bottom seams.


The bottom and pockets should look like this.




Add magnetic snaps following package directions. Leave enough seam allowance at the top for stitching recommend 1″ or more, using a folded piece of scrap fabric to reinforce the snap. Stitch around snap to reinforce extra fabric.




Pin sweater pocket to lining, right sides together (lining should be 1.5″ longer), stitch ends.




Line up bottom of pocket, pin, then stitch sides. Leave an opening for turning.


Trim corners, turn pocket and pin openings.




Stitch side seams of bag, leaving bottom open.


Pin pockets over side seams (right side), then stitch to attach.




Stitch across bottom.




Fold 2″ cut out, matching side & bottom seams, pin & stitch.




The inside bottom should look like this.




Trim sleeves to desired width for strap – 5″ or 6″ recommended.




Pin ends of two sleeves together, stitch and trim seam.




Fold lengthwise, stitch, leaving approx. 6″ open for turning


Turn right side out and smooth opening.




Stitch closed with a tight whip stitch.




Pin strap to side seams, matching right sides, stitch.




Making sure the straps are inside, pin lining to outside, right sides together, stitch.




Turn bag right side out, through opening in the lining.




Pin opening in lining and stitch.




Turn lining inside, smooth and pin, top stitch ¼”.




Stitch flower to center of each side over snap, stitch button on top.


Done!


variation from a purple sweater

If you make this or any sewhooked crafts, I’d love to see a photo!  Email me or add it to the Friends of sewhooked flickr group.

Happy Crafting!

also posted on cut out + keep and YouTube

Crochet Granny Handbag

crochet bag

add this pattern to your ravelry queue

Printable Pattern

From the Way Back Vault today, I have one of my old fabvorites.

The Crochet Granny Handbag dates back to September 29, 2003.

I don’t remember who received the original, but I’ve made several as gifts since then.  It’s a quick and easy pattern and makes a sturdy little bag, especially when it includes the optional lining.

 

You’ll need

  • Small amount of 2 Worsted colors (listed as A & B). Shown are Red Heart Country Blue (A) and Windsor Blue (B).
  • I Hook
  • for optional lining:  fabric, needle, thread, zipper
  • scissors
  • tapestry/yarn needle

(Note – all stitches after the first round are in the back loops except on the corners, when you crochet over the chain.)

Front/Back (make 2)

Round 1 – With Color A, ch 4, join with sl st. Ch 3 2 dc, ch 2 in ring. (3 dc, ch 2) 3 times, sl st into starting ch 3. Do not turn.

Round 2 – Ch 3, dc in BACK LOOPS to corner ch 2 sp (2 dc, ch 2 2dc in corner sp, dc in back loops across), rep to beg ch 3, join with sl st. Break off Color A. Do not turn.

Round 3 – Join Color B in any ch 2 sp. Ch 3, dc, ch 2, 2 dc, (dc in back loops across, 2 dc, ch 2 2 dc in corner sp) around, join with sl st in beg ch 3.

Round 4 – Join Color A, rep pattern of round 3.

crochet bag

A close up of the strap side, using single crochet to join.

Strap

Ch 120, hdc in 3rd ch from hook, hdc in each chain to end, finish off. Starting in the center stitch on one front/back square, join strap by sc through the back loops only of the strap and the square. Sc in first 25 st to join strap, continue sc st in back loop of front/back square across top of bag. Sc in last 25 st of strap from the 2nd ch in the corner of the square back to where you joined. Join with sl st. Sl st ends of strap then around to back loop on opposite side of strap, crochet around same as for opposite side.

Lining (optional)

For a sturdier bag, line with a scrap of coordinating (shown) or contrasting fabric of the same size. Hand-stitch inside the bag below the sc round (round 4).

To add a zipper, sew it to the lining before you stitch the lining in the bag, then stitch whip-stitch on the lining seam to inside of round 4.

Other Options

For a longer strap, or bigger bag, simply add stitches or rounds to suit your needs, taking into account how many stitches you will need to get the strap all the way around the bag. For more depth, make the strap two or even three rows wide before attaching to the granny squares.

As always, if you make any pattern or craft from sewhooked,  I’d love to see a photo. Email me or add it to the Friends of sewhooked flickr group.

Happy crafting

This is part of my “Way Back Craft” series; patterns, crafts, tutorials and general crafty memories before the days of this craft blog.