To start off, I found a beautiful sweater at the thrift store. It was very thick, very inexpensive and 100% wool. My first thought: This would be sooo cool felted! Whoopsie. It went through two wash loads before I read online that white wool doesn't felt so awfully well...so now I have a partially felted beauty that needs a new life.
I especially wanted to use the collar, which felted pretty much completely. Mittens seemed like the logical choice, so I removed it and made myself a pattern by drawing around my right hand, which is a little bigger than my left.
This I halved and cut into two mitten shapes using my pattern.
This photo shows one sewn up and one not yet sewn. I hand sewed these because the felted collar was NOT going to go through my sewing machine!
Close-up of my beauteous stitching ::cough::.
Here are the finished mittens. They are too thick to drive in, but boy will they come in handy for walks in the frigid New England weather!
Next, I attacked the rest of the sweater for the bag. My inspiration was a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles bag someone on this forum had made from a sweatshirt. (see link here: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=13826.0
) I removed the sleeves, which were going to become bag handles.
I turned the sleeves around and re-stitched them so they would point up instead of down.
This shows the bag with the sleeves sewn together at the center and partially attached at the armpits. It also shows the bottom of the bag sewn. I could have done a different kind of seam to make the bottom more boxy, but my sewing machine wasn't much interested in attacking anything thicker than the very bottom of the hem part, and I wasn't about to argue.
I finished all edges with a blankety kind of stitch using some recycled sweater yarn I bought from eBay. I even finished the edges of the handle so it would seem more like a handle and less like sleeves.
Here is another view of the finishing stitch.
Here is the finished bag, of which I'm immensely proud! It holds my entire sweater project (which is a men's XL) and feels nice on my shoulder! Yay me! Yay recycling!