One of the mom’s from my birth month board started a project last week–a purse made from a felted wool sweater. As it happens, I’d felted like 6 of my wool sweaters last year after seeing this project in Woman’s Day (I think). But then I lost the instructions on how to do it so I never got around to it. But after seeing the beginning of Jessica’s project, I got inspired and I pulled my sweaters out of the basement.

First, the sweaters:
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I decided to work with these two first:
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I thought the striped one was a little bolder and that I might not like it as much, so I cut it up first:
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Testing the fabric in my sewing machine, I decided not to waste stitches and I made a test purse.
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Perfect size for a cell phone πŸ˜‰
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Sewn together but unfinished. The strap is made from one of the sleeves.
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I added a pocket to the back:
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The front, finished with a button for the flap:
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A peek inside. The lining is black though the flash makes it look gray.
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One last look at the finished product, flash on:
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I’m going to make the green one next. This one was a lot of trial and error so I think the next one should go smoother. For instance, this first one went through three linings. The first lining was beautiful but when I pinned it in, too small. The second lining was from a material that was a bitch to work with and when I pinned it in, was ugly. This black lining turned out really well and I’m happy with it. It’s got three pockets in ti to catch sunglasses, cell phone and lipstick πŸ˜‰

I also found a way to make “appliques” from felted sweaters that I can make from one material and pin on a purse of a different material, so I’m going to try that. And the green purse will be of a slightly different style, with a cuff at the top instead of a flap. Stay tuned for further pictures!

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