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Debzzzbee
« on: September 05, 2005 10:45:29 AM »

This is an article from Womans Day magazine. Surprisingly this site has alot of good craft ideas.

http://www.womansday.com/article.asp?article_id=9818&section_id=3
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Debzzzbee
« Reply #1 on: September 05, 2005 10:48:21 AM »

Turn your old sweaters into bags. This would be a good idea for thrift store bought sweaters. This link is from Womans Day magazine.


http://www.womansday.com/article.asp?article_id=9818&section_id=3
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« Reply #2 on: September 05, 2005 02:50:57 PM »

NEAT!!  Thanks for sharing the site!
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« Reply #3 on: September 05, 2005 02:55:41 PM »

thats rad, thanks!
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« Reply #4 on: September 10, 2005 02:37:22 PM »

What a great idea for sweaters you don't wear anymore!  I saw a similar idea on a TV show.  They bought several wool sweaters from a second hand store, felted them, cut out large squares, and then used black yarn to blanket stitch them together to make a throw.  It was beautiful.

I think I'd better go check my closet!
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« Reply #5 on: September 14, 2005 07:56:54 AM »

This is an awesome project.  Does anyone know of links to tutorials for other projects made from felted sweaters??
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« Reply #6 on: September 14, 2005 10:32:17 AM »

I made a scarf with old felted sweaters i had ,,,,ijust cut them into stripes and sewed them together... super duper easy
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« Reply #7 on: September 14, 2005 10:41:01 AM »

that is so cool, thanks debzzzbee!

when i was a kid, i wrapped my presents in ribbons i cut from a felted woollen dress. this is soooo much better!
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crazycatladymel
« Reply #8 on: September 14, 2005 12:25:14 PM »

I was going to be searching for this kind of thing this weekend - you saved me some big trouble!
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Debzzzbee
« Reply #9 on: September 14, 2005 07:15:11 PM »

Glad I could help...it looks like a cool project, I havent been to the thrift store yet to pick me up a sweater; but I plan to make one this 'easy way' very soon. Please post pics of what you have all come up with. I would like to see the results.  Wink
This is an awesome project.  Does anyone know of links to tutorials for other projects made from felted sweaters??
If I can find anything else like this I,ll be sure to post it. I like sharing things here that I find  interesting.  Tongue
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crazycatladymel
« Reply #10 on: September 14, 2005 07:47:21 PM »

I know it's simple, but I was thinking of using the "discarded" sleeves for pin cushions.
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« Reply #11 on: September 17, 2005 04:37:36 AM »

You can also make mittens out of them as seen here:

http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?board=8;action=display;threadid=4861
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crazycatladymel
« Reply #12 on: September 17, 2005 06:14:06 AM »

Thanks for sharing that! Now I have an excuse to pick up one of those patterned wool sweaters at the thrift store (the though of unravelling... no way!).
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« Reply #13 on: September 18, 2005 11:10:56 AM »

Well, I have to say, this is a really really neat idea! I thought it was so neat that I took what was going to be a boring trip to bellevue, wa, and turned it into a tour of the local goodwill stores! It's a bit of a ritzy area, kinda, and There were lots of 100% wool sweaters, many fair isle and color patterns, which I was hoping for. I got 15 altogether!  Oh man... I overdid it just a bit, but now I do have a lot to work with. The two largest and floppiest sweaters refused to felt at all, just let off all kinds of fuzz into my landlady's washing machine.. (Can you say "Panic"?) but several of the sweaters really felted up nice. If you go looking for sweaters to felt, I'd keep in mind that even if it is 100% wool and hand wash or dry clean only, that doesn't automatically mean that It is going to felt nice. Get a few different sweaters, and one of them at least should felt good. I used the spin cycle and the dryer on hot for all my sweaters, and it didn't seem to hurt them a bit, by the way.....  I am not to the point of making bags yet, but I'll post here when i get some done.... (prolly ONE done.. haha)  Oh yeah, also, when looking at thrift stores, don't forget to look in the Women's sweaters, the men's sweaters, and the children's sweaters sections.. I found lots in all three categories.  And if you have a "rich people" town in your area, go there... (more wool!)   And, if you look through this current issue (it's mid sept now) of Interweave knits, they have a felted bag in there that shows how good a ebroidered-then-felted bag can look.... great for plain sweaters!  I'm so inspired!  Ok that's all for now... I'm looking forward to getting going on making these bags!
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crazycatladymel
« Reply #14 on: September 18, 2005 11:51:20 AM »

100% wool could be superwash -- treated to prevent felting. It's clearly marked when you buy yarn, but I've never seen it on a sweater label. I'm prepared now -- forgot all about that.
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« Reply #15 on: September 18, 2005 12:24:25 PM »

my sweater is in the wash...i can't wait to try this!  thanks for posting this debzzzbee! Smiley
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Debzzzbee
« Reply #16 on: September 18, 2005 04:44:53 PM »


Great idea! I,ll be making these and a bag now. I,ve tried to knit mittens but need more practice so these will work for now. Thanks for the tip!
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Debzzzbee
« Reply #17 on: September 18, 2005 04:46:34 PM »

my sweater is in the wash...i can't wait to try this!  thanks for posting this debzzzbee! Smiley
Your Welcome....please post a pic when your done I,d love to see it!
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crazycatladymel
« Reply #18 on: September 26, 2005 06:52:33 AM »

I felted a patterned sweater over the weekend, and plan to use it to make a sweater for my brother's dog.
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Debzzzbee
« Reply #19 on: October 01, 2005 12:20:32 PM »

Those look really nice!  I finally found a wool sweater, so I,ll be posting mine soon too. Did you hand sew yours or use a sewing machine?
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« Reply #20 on: October 02, 2005 05:27:12 AM »

I made 3 yesterday, and have a shiny new knitting bag (plus a couple of prezzies) to show for it. I'm going to see if the pics work. If not, they're here & here.

For my knitting bag, I made the gusset a little deeper, so the bag is a teensy bit shorter, but wider too. Also added a second pocket inside. This was the scratchiest sweater I've ever seen, and I paid too much for it at the thrift store, but the colors were ME, and it felted up just great.


The aqua bag also has an interior pocket. The rust one's didn't lend itself to 2 pockets. It's a nice wide bag.


Drying are sweaters for another couple bags, a doggie sweater & some Christmas stockings (using the template on this page). To do the stockings, I'm going to get some of that thick clear vinyl for the pattern, so I can see the details of the material before I decide where to cut. For the doggie sweater, I'm using the pattern out of Vogue Knitting (on the go?) - Felting. It calls for you to knit a rectangle, felt it, then cut. I'm a knitter, but why knit a plain rectangle and cut it up, when I can felt a $2 Fair Isle cardigan and have that scrumptious detail?

The most I paid for a sweater was $5.99, which was INSANE at a thrift store (I swear, their pricers are insane sometimes), but I think I can get a tote bag out of the body, a Christmas stocking out of the sleeves, plus it had three gorgeous pewter clasp sets that I cut off and set aside. The cheapest find? A sweater vest for 15! Since - for this pattern - you have to cut off the sleeves, you may as well start with a vest. This one might become a stocking - not sure - but I will be on the lookout for vests if I need to get more felting material!
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« Reply #21 on: October 02, 2005 05:29:52 AM »

Oh, and seriously - do not toss the sleeves! I cut most of mine open (I cut out 5 bags but only sewed 3) and some of them are pretty big. They may lend themselves to smaller totes, pin cushions, cat toys (the gray sleeves are destined to be catnip mice).

I think you could easily get a mitten out of each sweater's sleeves, for an unmatched set (you could get a whole pair of child mittens out of a sweater).

You can also take a length of sleeve (closer to the wrist) and sew it closed on one end, stuff it with fiberfill or scrap material and add a hefty dose of catnip, then sew the other end closed. Giant catnip-filled bunny-kicking kitty toy.

Finally, if you've seen the book where this pattern comes from (Alterknits - I love it), there are directions for a throw. Using smaller pieces from the sleeves, you could make a faboo pet blanket (cats seem to love the wool). I'd say baby coverlet too, if you could back it, or it was used over a sheet.
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« Reply #22 on: October 02, 2005 07:38:14 AM »

DISCARD!

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« Reply #23 on: October 03, 2005 06:29:02 AM »

100% wool could be superwash -- treated to prevent felting. It's clearly marked when you buy yarn, but I've never seen it on a sweater label. I'm prepared now -- forgot all about that.

Ah... did a little research. If a sweater is "machine-washable," then it won't felt. So read the care instructions too. It should say "hand wash" or "dry clean." I don't know that that's a 100% guarantee, but it's a step in the right direction.
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« Reply #24 on: October 03, 2005 09:39:53 AM »

Wow!  That is such a great idea!  Must.make.bag!  Do you think you could make longer straps by using part of the sleeves?  I'm trying to work this out in my head and it seems like it would work but I'm not sure...  Wow, quick (and cheap) x-mas presents here I come! Smiley
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« Reply #25 on: October 03, 2005 09:50:58 AM »

Just ran across this, and wow, am I excited!  What a great idea!  Thanks so much for taking the time to post...
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« Reply #26 on: October 03, 2005 02:19:25 PM »

Wow!  That is such a great idea!  Must.make.bag!  Do you think you could make longer straps by using part of the sleeves?  I'm trying to work this out in my head and it seems like it would work but I'm not sure...  Wow, quick (and cheap) x-mas presents here I come! Smiley

I haven't tried it yet, but I don't see why not. I'd limit the number of pieces & overstitch like crazy.
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Bastelmutti
« Reply #27 on: October 27, 2005 08:35:00 PM »

Here is mine; I am using it as a bag for my crochet projects. Ever since I read this thread, this idea has been knocking around in my brain. Glad I finally got to try it.

I posted all of the pics in a separate thread on the Purse Recon board. Sleeves are great! I also made a pouch for my hooks and a small purse for my daughter out of those.

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« Reply #28 on: October 27, 2005 09:23:06 PM »

oh wow. I have a goodwill sweater I planned to unravel. this will be so much easier!
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« Reply #29 on: October 28, 2005 04:00:57 AM »

Bastelmutti: wonderful detail work! That turned out great.

I agree about the sleeves. I've used them for fingerless mitts and a pop cozy/carrier for my dad's wheelchair (he loves it). So many possibilities!
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« Reply #30 on: October 28, 2005 05:00:21 AM »

I'd like to try the mittens next. Has anyone made a hat?
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« Reply #31 on: October 28, 2005 10:45:22 AM »

These are great ideas. Thanks for sharing. Totes/Bags are my favorite things to make and I could always use just one more. Looks like I'll be raiding the closet for old sweaters to felt.
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« Reply #32 on: October 30, 2005 10:28:06 AM »

What a great idea! Love your bag, Bastelmutti.  Check out these items made from recycled sweaters & things... http://www.baabaazuzu.com/ ...vests, jackets, hats, mittens, scarves, bags, pins, and Christmas stockings.  The possibilities are endless!
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« Reply #33 on: November 28, 2005 10:45:40 AM »

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Check out these items made from recycled sweaters & things... http://www.baabaazuzu.com/

There's a new book called Second Time Cool: The Art of Chopping Up a Sweater that shows how to make stuff like that: 
http://www.annickpress.com/catalog/secondtimecool-flash.html

Myself, I make stuffed toys out of old sweaters, stuff them lightly, then felt them.
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« Reply #34 on: April 14, 2006 06:21:29 AM »

I made a few of these too. The pink one is a sweater that shrunk up so nicely that it became a purse. The gray one was a man's vest and is more shopping bag size. I made these for the recycled/earth day swap and I embroidered them with leftover thread from another project.





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« Reply #35 on: April 14, 2006 07:55:19 AM »

I have been wanting to make a bag for my knitting...I was going to get a clothe bag but this seems so much more personal!

I am way allergic to wool...But it did give me some ideas for prezzies!

Thanks ladies and gentlemen!

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