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Topic: New Sweater Bags (2 owls, 2 mommy and me sets, and a red flap bag)  (Read 2902 times)
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« on: August 17, 2008 08:32:36 PM »

Here are my newest bags.  I LOVE to work with old sweaters and make them into something new.  What do you think?  I love comments, good and bad Cry.


Here is the Kitchy Owl

These two are the stripes Mommy and Me bags


These are the chocolate brown/pink flowers Mommy and Me bags


This is the Red with Blue Applique Flower

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« Reply #1 on: August 17, 2008 08:36:17 PM »

OMGoodness, these are adorable! I would carry the stripe one with the flowers all the time.
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« Reply #2 on: August 17, 2008 08:36:44 PM »

Those owl bags are adorable! That's cool that you made them out of sweaters.  Smiley
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« Reply #3 on: August 17, 2008 09:23:00 PM »

I love them!!!!!!  I really want the striped one with the flowers!!  Now will you please tell us how you did it?  Are they felted? 

They're just gorgeous!
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« Reply #4 on: August 17, 2008 09:25:50 PM »

I would not be at all offended if you happened to send me one of those owl bags... hint hint hint Smiley Very nice job
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« Reply #5 on: August 17, 2008 09:34:00 PM »

they are all beautiful, but I especially love the last one!
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« Reply #6 on: August 18, 2008 08:34:18 AM »

Thanks everyone for you wonderful comments!!
I love them!!!!!!  I really want the striped one with the flowers!!  Now will you please tell us how you did it?  Are they felted? 

They're just gorgeous!
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These are felted sweaters.  It is like making your own fabric.  You take a sweater and wash it in HOT water with a a little bit of soap(to do a large load of 4-8 sweaters, I use a 1/4 capful).  I put them in a zippered pillow case because there is a lot of shedding.  This keeps your tub clean and less likely to stop anything up. I have a washer with an agitator still.  I have never tried this in a front loader.  You also want to put some old jeans and/or shoes/tennis ball for an agitator.
The sweaters start out large and become really small and tight.  You will not be able to see the stiches anymore.  Sometimes you need to wash it more than once.  (Personal preference:  I do not use shetland wool--too scratchy!!)  The best ones are 100% wool.  I love Abercrombie and JCrew sweaters the best.  I lay mine out to dry.  Some people disassemble the sweater (take the arms off) before washing.  I have never done that...too much work but you do have more fabric to work with when you do this.  You need to make sure that you lay your sweater flat and press (with your hands) out the wrinkles.  Let dry overnight, then you can cut the fabric/sweater.
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« Reply #7 on: August 18, 2008 09:53:23 PM »

 Thanks so much for explaining how you felted them!  I've heard about this technique but was never really sure how to do it or what do with the material!  I will definitely be trying this one at home - I just hope mine turn out as gorgeous as yours!
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« Reply #8 on: August 19, 2008 02:50:59 AM »

As always, GORGEOUS!!
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« Reply #9 on: August 19, 2008 03:34:06 AM »

LOVE them!  I really like the red one and how the flap is different.
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