Sweater Purse Inspirations

Lazies, I spent the weekend in Los Angeles attending the Craft & Hobby Association trade show. I caught up with my friends at Clover and was bowled-over by these sweater purses on display in their booth. Look at these beauties! Each one is embellished with needle felted flowers. The petals are felted over wire so they can be bent and shaped. These beauties make me want to cut into all of my sweaters!

I love how the hem of this sweater is gathered with a button forming an interesting detail at the top of the bag.

Consider the thought that went in to each of these samples. Each sweater had to be assessed for how to cut, orient, line, and embellish. We can take inspiration from each of these creations.

The layers on this purse are a nice surprise. The front of the sweater can form a large pocket behind the flower detail. The handles are a perfect choice, echoing the rectangular shape of the purse and its details.

I love the sleeve poking out from the top edge. What a delightful and whimsical detail. It drives home the point that this was a sweater and creates the perfect backdrop for the Frill Flower embellishment. Leaving the buttons is just plain fun. And notice the hardware on the strap. The strap is reinforced with fabric to prevent stretching and coordinate with the lining. Don’t be afraid to experiment with purse findings when working with non-traditional materials.

Simple and elegant.

The handle attachment is a great idea.

This large single flower with dragonfly detail was at least 18″ across.

I would love to try re-working a sweater into something. I imagine that I would fuse a light interfacing such as Stacy Shape Flex to the back to stabilize the stitching and turn the sweater into a ‘fabric’. From there, the sky is the limit!


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14 Responses to “Sweater Purse Inspirations”

  1. Susan Chase — February 1, 2011 @ 11:53 am

    Those are so fun, I would like to give it a try. I might go to the thrift store to see if I can find an interesting sweater to cut into. Made a Margo bag for a fabric store and one for me last week. Used the” Matise women” fabric that is out now and it turned out so cute. Got some raves from some friends at lunch on Saturday.

  2. Kathleen — February 1, 2011 @ 11:58 am

    I love these sweaters purses, they would have caught my eye too!! i also will be heading for a thirft store , when it stops snowing here in new england, and i will keep an eye for the right sweater,,, Thank you for the wonderful and fun idea

  3. Cecile — February 1, 2011 @ 11:59 am

    Absolutely gorgeous!

  4. Sindy Faddis — February 1, 2011 @ 12:15 pm

    I have made a couple of purses out of sweaters. But these are over the top and very inspirational. Thanks for the posting!

  5. Wendyk — February 1, 2011 @ 12:20 pm

    Love these bags – I love the needle felting on the orange flower in particular. It’s something I’ve always fancied having a go at needle felting…but another machine? Nowhere in my studio to put it 🙁

  6. Sharon Phagan — February 1, 2011 @ 3:57 pm

    WOW!!!!! They are really neat Just to bad that I can’t be around wool. Darn

  7. Peggy Gonzales — February 1, 2011 @ 5:13 pm

    These are such cute bags and a wonderful way to recycle sweaters.

  8. leli — February 1, 2011 @ 7:05 pm

    Oooh they funny.Great creativity

  9. Jean — February 2, 2011 @ 9:15 am

    So fresh, and what a way to get the creative juices going! Thanks so much for sharing the inspiration.

  10. charlotte — February 2, 2011 @ 10:35 am

    They are very, very, very original. someone sure has some creative juices flowing. Someone at the office where I work was selling mittens she made from old sweaters, they were also cute. She embellished them with big old buttons. She was selling them for $15.00 a pair. I only work a few days a month so I don’t know how successful she was, and I also never got to talk to her. I don’t know if she had a pattern or just made them up herself.

  11. Toni — February 3, 2011 @ 10:30 am

    Such Lovely’s,

    You gave my heart a warm fuzzy ! Thank You on this bitter cold day ! I will really make a better choice of what to keep intack (and seldom wear) and what to cut, sew, and shrink into a new use… from now on ! This inspires me to clean out the closet and drawers witha real focus ! And donate the rest to make room for my new purses. . .

  12. Delia — February 3, 2011 @ 7:09 pm

    Now I know what to do with those sweaters that no longer fit or were put in the dryer by my “help” (husband)! Great idea, can’t wait to try it.

  13. Iris Hupka — February 28, 2011 @ 3:37 pm

    Hi Could you tell me where I can find the instructions for these beautiful purses. Thanks!


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