Do you want to see what I made from my inadvertently felted cardigan a couple of weeks ago?

A few hours with scissors and sewing machine produced this little shoulder bag, lined with floral poly cotton fabric to lift the colour and help the bag to keep its shape.


The finished bag

I decided to top stitch the main seams, as the fabric was dense and traditional seams may have been too bulky. I hand-stitched the contrast fabric into place, and added an iron-on interface to the lining to make it strong enough to take a magnetic clasp.


A magnetic clasp

The handles are plaited using one strip of fabric and 2 strips of corded wool, left over from the original cardigan project (it pays to keep oddments in your stash!).


Hand-stitched contrast fabric and plaited straps

There’s a pocket on one side, while the other side takes advantage of the original cable pattern.


Cables on one side

For extra decoration, I added a crocheted brooch which I had made a couple of years ago, and which seemed to pick up the colour of the lining fabric perfectly.


A crocheted brooch adds extra colour

So, my felted cardigan lives on!

Have you upcycled anything recently? How did it go? I’d love to hear about it!





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Sharing my love of yarny craft and encouraging others to give it a go!
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14 Responses to Upcycled

  1. I love this bag! It’s adorable! What a nice way to recycle accidents! 🙂

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  2. swissrose says:

    That’s gorgeous!
    My fails don’t seem to get to the felting stage but there’s a lot of unravelling lately…


  3. Stunning! Fabulous idea!

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  4. Julie Cox says:

    This is absolutely brilliant. What a good idea…..


  5. Pingback: Upcycling again! | yarnsmithery

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