Wednesday, August 08, 2007

What Once Was Old is New Again

Okay, I'll admit it. I'm having a bit of an obsession with making bag and purses. It seems to be a trend, I guess. This past week I've been playing around with some wool sweaters that I bought at the thrift store. I'm sure they'll be a little more stylish once fall hits. Who wants to think about wool sweaters at this time of the year?!

My family thinks it's kind of funny that I buy nice wool sweaters, take 'em home, cut 'em up, wash 'em, cut 'em up some more and then sew 'em back together. Hmmm.....sounds a little like another hobby of mine. lol!
This blue wallet was the first project that I finished. I've had those pewter buttons for many years and now I've finally found a purpose for them.
My oldest daughter has already staked her claim on this brown bag. It'll be perfect as she heads off to college. I think she was actually the one who picked the sweater out; she really liked the texture. I'm still trying to figure out what to do about the strap, though, because it's several inches too long. The strap is recycled, too; I bought an old purse at the thrift shop and took it apart to use the strap.
I just finished this gray purse today. It'll be a birthday gift for my friend, Robin. Fortunately, the strap on this one isn't quite as long. I think I'll tuck a gift card to Jamba Juice inside the bag. Who couldn't use a smoothie on a hot day like this?

By the way, I was a good girl and went back to physical therapy today. They put me through the ringer again, but since my shoulder is feeling a lot better I won't complain.

11 comments:

Rabbit Stitchings said...

Like all the bags, Love the Brown Bag :O)

Connie W said...

They look terrific. Imagine what they would cost to buy them new in a little boutique! And yours are one of a kind. Great stuff.

Nan said...

So cute, every one of them! What a wonderful use for old sweaters! You are one smart cookie!

dot said...

Great idea. Wonderful little bags.

Sharon said...

Love your bags. They are too darn cute.
Good girl, keep up that physical therapy.It's good for you.

Kim said...

Very cute bags, Kairle! What a great idea! I think I'm going to need to copy you! LOL!

YankeeQuilter said...

I saw some like this at a very trendy shop in London! The V&A also had some made from recycled men's suits that are very fun...

Had to grin (grimace?) at your physical therapy story..just keep repeating "I know this is good for me becasue it hurts, I know...." : )

Darlene said...

More cute bags! Way to go!

Screen Door said...

Darlings purses-- great idea on recycling the fabric...

Sharon said...

Love those small bags. I buy old sweaters at the thrift shops to use for penny woolies. Haven't made any from them yet but have plenty of felted wool for when I'm ready.

So glad that you went to therapy again.

Lootysmom

The Chicken Lady said...

Those make me want to go right out and buy some wool sweaters! But I can't. I have 2 quilts I HAVE TO make before I do anything that I WANT TO do. Darn it!