It’s been awhile since I’ve made a sweater bag and I had forgotten how much fun it is to work with felted wool. I especially love how you can whip it into shape with a hot iron and a little steam.

thrifted felted custom sweater bag

My friend Cathy LOVES tote bags. She frequently brings a thrifted sweater to knitting group and asks me to make the largest bag possible. This sweater felted up so well that I was worried it wouldn’t be big enough for her. I added denim at the bottom to give her some more room.

thrifted felted custom sweater bag

Cathy is on the Board of Directors for our local Sewing for Babies. She is constantly knitting and sewing the cutest baby items. That’s why she likes having lots of big, roomy totes. She also asked me to make a box bag for some of her smaller projects. Don’t you just love this fabric?

measuring tape fabric box bag

project notes: Thrifted sweater was 100% lambswool from the Gap. Their lambswool sweaters always felt nicely. Lining and box bag fabric provided by Cathy. Denim from a pair of thrifted jeans in my stash. Garage sale interfacing and zipper for the box bag.

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8 Responses to blue and yellow custom sweater bag

  1. Charlie says:

    This sweater bag is just fantastic. Would love to know how you made it. Girl, I love how imaginative you are in reusing and creating new things from old stuff. You are my kind of gal and you truly inspire me. I think our egg split and we were separated at birth. Just kidding, everyone!!!

    Keep doing what you’re doing Julie, it’s terrific and you’re awesome.

  2. Charlie says:

    P.S. If you can share a little tutorial on the sweater bag, please feel free to e-mail me. Thanks.

  3. Tara says:

    I would love a tutorial on this, too! I just discovered your blog via wardrobe refashion.

  4. Tina says:

    that is an amazing bag. :) I found you through wardrobe refashion..(I lurk, to afraid to join with growing teen boys) My dd and I love the bag..if you ever do a tutorial on it…email me! :)

  5. Stephanie says:

    I should be sewing and crafting but I am so drawn to your blog… hehe lovely lovely lovely!!

    xo Steph

  6. Kari says:

    Just recently discovered your site and love it! Thanks for all the wonderful inspiration.

  7. Marilyn says:

    Love your tote…..Would love tutorial on how you did it. I have just started making totes and this one really catches my eye. Good job!

  8. bella says:

    Hi, just came across your blog…I’m searching for some measuring tape fabric just like the fabric you used for the zip up bag.

    Could you tell me where cathy sourced the fabric from??