Monday, January 30, 2012

Felted Sweater Craftiness--Purses!

Named for my favorite book nerd, the Sosie
 bag can be used as a tote for books, crafts,
or as a Eco-friendly shopping bag.
While looking for patterns of purses that I could crochet and felt, I stumbled upon a neat idea...use 100% wool sweaters from thrift stores. It's called "upcycling" if you're hip like that. I call it genius because the Goodwill and Salvation Army thrift stores have already washed the donations in hot water and dried them on high heat just to kill any cooties. They are all five sizes to small and what toddler would stand to be dressed in scratchy wool? Here are my creations from this weekend! MyMama has claimed the Blue Gayla and my IPad is cozy in the Jeremy. Let me know if you want one of the others! Read the next post to get the how-to!

SPECIAL NOTE: I have a plan to make some felted sweater footie socks and call them Mike...I just ran out of time and wool sweaters!

Probably my favorite new craft, the Gayla purse is fully lined and
has an inner pocket for your cell. The lining is made from patterned shirts

Grey Gayla Purse

Jeremy IPad Envelope
This swanky iPad envelope is an upcycled felted wool sweater.
 I embroidered the argyle pattern to give it texture. It's named
Jeremy for my techno-cool brother of the heart.

I named this one Annie for my soul sista, Mrs. Berryhill.

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