Inspired by Redux Designs Sweater Purse project I wanted to make a purse from a sweater.
I thought I would use the red sweater body that I had, but since it was really wide and worked better as a pillow I needed to find another sweater. I had put out a call to my coworkers that I was accepting unwanted sweaters and got this pretty orange sweater from my coworker, Dazzles.
The investment in this project was $3 for the handles from Joanns, fusible interfacing and fabric for the liner, which I had in my stash, a spool of thread, my sewing machine and my time – really not much.
The directions with photos on Redux Designs worked very well. In short here is what I did: I sewed a seam across what is now the bottom of the purse (formerly the chest ares of the sweater). To provide sturdiness, I used fusible interfacing on my liner, which is a red gingham but sort-of looks orange. What was the bottom of the sweater is now wrapped and hand-stitched on the handles (last step). If you click my photo, you will see my notes.
Up to the part of hand-stitching, this project did not take very long to cut, assemble and sew. I worked on one handle while hanging out with a friend and then finished another handle just before bedtime.
I should point our my sewing training comes from my mom who showed me how to wind bobbin, thread her machine and read a pattern. From there, I am self-taught with my own machine’s manual, sewing books and a few tutorials from blogs. I am of the idea that anyone can learn to sew or cook, if you are willing to read directions, ask questions and apply yourself!
Let me know if you try this or another project, I love to see what others are working on!