My step mother brought a sweater back from Ireland for me long, long ago. So long ago that I'm 28 and it's a kid's size 10! I've saved it for years, but since it's 100% wool, eventually moths took a bite or two. I couldn't bear to throw it out, and after seeing some posts on Craftster, I decided to felt and and see what I could do!!!
Of course, I forgot the "before" pic, but I do have pics of the felted pieces:
My first intension was to create a tote-style bag, but the holes were in the wrong places, so I went with a clutch.
Marking the pieces (think I was still going for the tote at this stage):
I used the sweater lining to line the clutch. Marking it:
This is what I really wanted to preserve, the tag:
The fabric was too think for my sewing machine, so I had to do the entire thing by hand:
Finished inside with two pockets and the TAG!!!
Finished. I used the original buttons on the flap, adding a magnetic closure (my first!). I also added a pocket in the front. It's a little wonky. I think if I wet it again and form it correctly, it will have cleaner lines:
This was an "easy" idea that had many, many bumps along the way. But I have a new clutch that I continue to enjoy!