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« on: February 23, 2008 08:02:51 PM »

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!

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« Reply #1 on: February 23, 2008 08:11:42 PM »

What a clever way to save a keepsake and use it also.
« Reply #2 on: February 23, 2008 08:23:58 PM »

Wonderful! Glad you could preserve a keepsake and use all its parts, as well.
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« Reply #3 on: February 24, 2008 03:49:13 AM »

that is such a sweet idea!
lovely work

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« Reply #4 on: February 28, 2008 01:41:05 AM »

What a beautiful way to treasure the gift.. Well done.

I think a little wonkyness adds to the handmade charm! 
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« Reply #5 on: February 28, 2008 06:08:16 AM »

That's really cute. It's such a good idea for a way to save something important.

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« Reply #6 on: March 04, 2008 02:20:15 AM »

How gorgeous! I love the way that you used the buttons.
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