I bought this hoodie off ebay, but it was too tight for me. I didn't want to sell it again, so I made it into a purse. It was a lot easier than I thought it would be (especially for me - a brand-new sewer at the time) but one thing I would change is that I used fleece for the lining, which made it hard for my mom's old sewing machine. I ended up doing a LOT of it by hand. I bled a lot
I was going to cut the hood off, but my mom's friend suggested I keep it, and I'm glad I did. I bought a zipper and sewed it so I could close the hood. I like to keep keys in there, it's easier than digging through the whole thing.
The main compartment is basically just the bottom half of the hoodie, and the flap/hood are still intact. I didn't have to do much in the way of cutting/reconstructing. I used extra material from the back of the hoodie to make pockets inside the purse.
I couldn't figure out how to attach a zipper to the main compartment. My mom suggested Velcro, which I used, and I hated it. I ripped one part off, but I can't get the other side off - I used hot glue.
fortunately it's the loop (soft) side.
Later, I bought some magnetic snaps, which I'm planning on attaching, but I'll have to un-stitch a part of the flap to do it.
The strap, obviously, is made from the sleeves. They were a little wide at the top, so I sewed them narrower. They are attached to the main compartment.
I'm working on an Old Navy purse with gray t-shirt lining, which I'm finding is too flimsy.
I'd like to see other people try this, and hear their ideas.