Archives for the month of: June, 2013

Ever since I was asked to make a purse from an accidentally felted Eileen Fisher sweater last year, I’ve been thinking about making more “upcycled” sweater purses. I’ve been seeing really cute ones on Pinterest, and spotted this one at a high school basketball game:

Photo of an upcycled sweater purse

I know I want to make some!

To get started, I created an Upcycled Sweater Purses Pinterest board to collect  ideas. I have a couple of wool sweaters that were headed to the thrift store, but are now in a plastic tote, waiting to be upcycled.  I just need some time to dig in and have fun!

Accessories, especially purses, are always popular items at my fundraising boutique sales, and I think upcycled sweater purses would be a big hit. Do you agree?

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I’ll admit it. About ten years ago, I became severely addicted to making felted purses. I made over a hundred of them, and I sold them at holiday boutiques, gave them as gifts, and kept a few for myself. It was crazy. At some point, though, I got bored with making them and stopped cold turkey. I was done with making felted purses.

Or, perhaps I was just on a hiatus?

I recently dug out my old stash of felting yarns, determined to use some of it up for Stash-n-Burn’s 2013 “Use It Or Lose It” Challenge. I found a beautiful cone of rust-colored tweedy wool yarn, and decided to knit it into a felted purse. Because of the autumn colors, I started thinking of cooler weather and cabled aran sweaters, and created a design with columns of cables that are carried over to the straps. Here’s what it looked like before I put it in the washing machine:

Knitted purse before felting

And here is how it looks finished, with wooden buckles attaching the straps to the purse.

Photo of Autumn Aran Purse

I lined the purse, adding interior pockets, my personalized label, and a magnetic snap closure. It looks “legit,” as my teens would say.

Picture of the inside of the purse

You can download my free Autumn Cabled Purse pattern. If you make one, please post a photo on Ravelry. I’d love to see yours!