A disclaimer to friends and family: While I appreciate your visiting my blog, you may find presents talked about here that are meant for you.....so I am sorry that the secret will be spoiled but I have to share with my peeps.
This is another great project for a sweater that you accidentally washed and felted without even knowing that you were doing that.
I took the bottom of a sweater.
Sewed the bottom together. It would have been nice if I had pictures of this but somehow they were lost.....oh well.
Cut a strap from the sleeve of one arm to the sleeve of another arm. I sewed a ribbon to the sweater strap and attached to either side of the sweater.
I attached a flower to this bag with the leftover sweater from the mittens I made earlier and some of this sweater.
The bag seemed pretty flimsy so I decided to add some body to it. I took some interfacing cut to the same size of the bag.
I put it in the bag.
Here is some scrap toile that I cut the same to match the interfacing. Sew up three sides and iron on the interfacing.
I added a ribbon to tie the handbag closed. The sweater naturally rolls a little at the top of the handbag, so I created a hem from that roll to finish off the interior of the bag.
Here it is finished. Pretty cute and the best part.....totally zero dollars spent. Cute felted sweater, interfacing and some scrap toile. How pretty.
I would keep it but it needs to go to one of my daughter's cute friends. Oh well, I hope she loves it as much as I do. Maybe she will model if for the blog later.