sweater bag tutorial

In the January issue of Country Living Magazine, I spotted a thrifty way to reuse those old sweaters that just don’t seem to fit into my wardrobe anymore. I’ve posted the steps that I took to transform an old blue sweater into a handy tote bag. Along with a sewing machine, here are the materials I used…

an old sweater, scissors, and thread

an old sweater, scissors, and thread

Step #1: Create the handles of the bag by cutting the sleeves and neckline off of the sweater.

Step #2: Lay the material so that the side seams of the sweater meet in the front.

Step #3: Pin the bottom of the sweater together and sew a straight line to join the two sides.

Step #4: Turn the bag inside-out and fill it full of all your favorite goodies.

**An additional step that is optional is to fold and sew each bag handle to create a clean handle line. This also aids in making your bag more sturdy**

27 Responses to “sweater bag tutorial”

  1. Susan Says:

    Oh my gosh! That is ridiculously clever – I LOVE IT!!

  2. Kara Says:

    SOOO cute!

  3. joy Says:

    As the recipient of this tote, I just can’t say it enough: I love it! So soft and perfect in size. I’m off to stock this bag full of goodies…

  4. Lauren Says:

    You are too much….where do you come up with this stuff!? Can’t wait to see what you do next. :)

  5. Emily@remodelingthislife Says:

    I LOVE this!! I am going to try it out!

  6. Cath Says:

    I love this! I want to make this soon :) It looks so pretty! Very creative and great choice in the sweater =)

  7. LollyChops Says:

    That so so darn clever! I think I have at least 3 sweaters I can do something like this with! I bet it would be cute felted too! Thanks for sharing!

  8. Miki Says:

    This is just the cutest!!! Thanks for sharing how you did it, along with the photos! I think I’m going to hunt down some thrift store sweaters to try this with.

  9. Myrnie Says:

    I’m heading downstairs to make this…but I wonder, were we supposed to turn it inside out BEFORE sewing that bottom seam, so the bag is “right side out” in the end?

    LOVE the idea! I made a pair of gauntlets out of the cuffs of this sweater (for my sister), and have been looking for something snazzy to do with the rest of it :)

  10. Heidi Says:

    Thanks Myrnie! Yes, you can certainly turn the sweater inside out before sewing the bottom. It can be done either way…just depends on the look you are going for. Good luck and I would love to see your final product!!!

  11. Leigh Says:

    That’s so simple! You didn’t mention felting it… if you didn’t felt it, how did you keep the handles from unraveling where you took of the neck and the sleeves?

  12. Traci Says:

    Very cool idea!

  13. Myrnie Says:

    Heidi, I blogged about my new bag this morning at http://iwonderwoman.blogspot.com :) I love it! Thanks for the fantastic idea :)

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  15. barbara Says:

    HI!!
    Congratulation for your works. I’m Barbara an italian student of the academy of fine art, I apreciate very much your creations and me too make bags, jewelery and somethig more with all the old materials. Sorry for my english, bye bye, Barbara

  16. Momza Says:

    I made this after looking at your post….it was so cute and easy and a great way to re-use my daughter’s old sweaters! I even lined the whole thing with one of her old shirt with a little pocket inside–added the “wow” factor inside!

  17. valerie Says:

    I linked to your blog.

  18. borsası Says:

    Great models.thanks…

  19. Monica Says:

    Did you him the handles?

  20. borsa Says:

    wow Great models !!

  21. borsa Says:

    Great models.thanks…!! admin

  22. amanda Says:

    Great idea! I featured this today on my blog!

    Amanda
    todaystoptwenty.blogspot.com

  23. Liz Says:

    Love this! It’s so simple too. We will be featuring you on our blog. ziggycrafts.blogspot.com Thanks for sharing!!

  24. Amy Says:

    Wow I love it. THANKS

  25. Kitty Says:

    If you get a 100% wool sweater you can “felt” it by washing it in hot water and drying it on high. The sweater will shrink and you will get a very thick heavy material that is really sturdy. Great tutorial and super simple…I love it

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  27. Susan B. Says:

    If you take the cut out neckline, it looks like you could easily add it as a pocket inside the sweater bag. Who doesn’t need an extra pocket?

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