Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Recycled Wool Sweater Project

Have you been to garage sales yet this year? I stopped at one that had a free box and in it was this 100% wool sweater. I looked at it, proceeded to look at everything else she had for sale and just couldn't leave with out it. First photo is after felting in the washer and dryer. I knew I wanted to try my hand at making a purse out of it. The raglan sleeves did have me a little stumped as to how to proceed. Cut apart...

Finished purse! I used a sleeve for the handles. The stitching is not blanket stitch, but just a simple over the top stitch. I had the 5 buttons in my stash and lined it with osnaburg that I had on hand. The yarn was another garage sale purchase - a wallet breaking 25 cents! I couldn't believe that the yarn was a perfect color match to the stripes in the sweater.

Hope this spurs your creative juices the next time you see a 100% wool sweater, take it home and see what you can come up with. ~Ann


  1. Wow! That's a terrific idea to reuse wool sweaters. I swear never to pass up a sweater like this at any garage sale again!

    The Wicker Woman-Cathryn Peters

  2. Ann ~ so cute. I have one my SIL made me. What a wonderful way to use up and make do.

  3. Very nice! See I knew that I was collecting those wool sweaters for something! Love it and I really like how you "used" the raglan sleeves. Now my dilemma, today is town yard sale days and my little boys are coming for the day at 10....do I clean my house this morning....or hit the yard sales until 10? Yard sales won...Off I go to shower...I will blame this on you should my husband ask..


  4. I Loooooooooooooove this! I have been wanting to do that to a few sweaters I have! Now I will def. have to try it!

  5. Adorable! I have about 10 wool sweaters that I've purchased at thrift stores with the intent of doing exactly the same thing. Maybe your example will actually get me going on it! Thanks for sharing!

  6. WOW! This is so amazingly cute!


  7. OMG!! SOOO creative!!! love it!

  8. That looks great! Head on over to my blog if you need any more recycled wool ideas!

    Kris :)

    ~ Reuse, Recycle, Resweater! ~
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