Happy Friday! My name is Rikka J. and I'm here from Ricochet and Away! It's a crafty blog with a focus on sewing bags. Creating my way to Success has been my go-to location for blogging tips, Round Tuit linky parties, and sewing tutorials so it is quite the honor to be guest posting for Jill today. You can get to know me better by checking out some of my favorite tutorials:
In recognition of Jill's passion for up-cycling and re-fashioning clothing, I am sharing a great wool purse tutorial. Enjoy!
Hello sweater season! I created this chic little purse way back in July and have been sitting on it until now. Summer time is not the right time to unleash a gorgeous felted wool handbag, but you don't know how hard it was for me to wait! Because I like you so much, I even threw in a quickie bonus tutorial! Yes, my faithful and first time readers, you get 2 tutes in one today! Tell your friends! Pass it on! If you can wash clothes, use scissors, and sew a straight stitch on your machine----you can do this!
Supplies you'll need to get started:
an itchy 100% wool sweater
washing machine and detergent
chalk to mark sweater
sewing machine with coordinating thread
Optional: magnetic clasp
Now that the functional part of your purse is complete, it's time for you to decorate! I used my die cutter on the scraps of sweater left over to cut out several flowers. Then I used some leather studs to attach them to the purse. The options are endless. . . you can do whatever you want! Fabric yo-yos, buttons, zipper roses, felt flowers, lace, ruffles, etc. Felt is sometimes difficult to push a needle through, so locate a thimble if the hand sewing gets tough. Have fun and be sure to share your results with me! Email a pic to firstname.lastname@example.org and I'll post it on my blog.