Last year my friend Dixie (happy birthday, Dixie!) introduced me to Betz White and the concept of felting wool sweaters for repurposing. I even picked up some sweaters at the thrift store for that purpose.
I pinned and sewed across the bottom (wrong side out). The instructions show turning it so that the sweater side seams are down the front and back; I didn’t do that since I was changing it up a little. I did sew a gusset, as shown on the Canadian Living diagrams.
Felted wool will not ravel, but for a finished look, I turned all the raw edges under and sewed around.
This was fun (other than the sewing machine giving me fits; I think it may be on its way out), and the end result looks pretty good, but I learned a few things.
1.The two wool straps are too thick and bulky to comfortably carry on my shoulder. Next time, I’m going to modify it to a single-strapped bag.
2. A lining would make the bag more functional, and neater looking on the inside.
3. Hand-sewing certain sections would make for less frustration while topstitching on the machine, and a nicer looking finished product.
I plan to try this again and will show you any improvements I’ve made.
Edit: Go here to see how I remade this bag.