Old Sweater into New Bag

I am sure that you have seen all the sweater bags that were floating around blog land a while ago.  So, I may be a little behind the times but I made one of my own.

I started with this turtle neck sweater.  I bought it for the color.  I never did really like the shape or the way it fit.  It has just gotten worse over time.  It is boxy and unflattering.  So it was perfect for this project.

Here is what I started with.

And here is what I ended up with.

It is fully lined.  I used the body and sleeves of the sweater to make the “body” and handle of the bag.  I also used the turtle neck part to make the pocket.

Then I put some burlap roses on it.

Originally, I made it for Abba to use as a library bag but…….

while she loved it and was excited to use it.

Once we put books in it, it really hug low……

in short it is to long for her to use with books in it.  She couldn’t even walk, but bless her she tried!!  I however can use it just fine. So, I now have a cute new sweater bag, and had to add making one for her to my to do list.

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  1. this is such a cute idea…and those burlap flowers are the perfect addition!


  2. That is such a great idea!! I love the strap! Thanks so much for linking to Thrifty Thursday!

  3. Very cute! The burlap rose is so pretty too.


  4. Anonymous says:

    darling! jeni

  5. How cute!

  6. Ha ha, lucky mom. I love the colour!!

  7. Kadie, that is brilliant! You did great! I’ve got to apologize, I thought I was already a follower and then found out I wasn’t. I’m so sorry, but I am now!!

  8. Etcetorize says:

    I love it! Yours is so different than the other bags out there that I’ve seen. I love the lining~

  9. This is AWESOME!

    I found your fabulous project and blog through the linky party at A Creative Princess 🙂
    I’d like to invite you to my weekly T.G.I.F. Linky party to share your projects — I’m looking to grow my party with good quality projects just like this one….here is the direct link if you’d like to join us sometime….:)
    T.G.I.F. Linky Party

  10. I love repurposing sweaters! You did a great job!

  11. Kadie, that is so darn cute. I love it! Thanks for sharing with my newbie party.

  12. Ricochet says:

    I’m a girl who can appreciate a good upcycled sweater bag, and yours is totally cute! I’m so happy to be your newest follower!
    Rikka J.
    Ricochet and Away!

  13. Ricochet says:

    Miss Kadie, I am going to feature your green sweater bag in my blog post today. I’ll use the second pic and credit you with a link to your homepage and a link to this specific post. I hope you’ll come check it out!
    Rikka J.
    Ricochet and Away!

  14. Hi Kadie, well, at least you tried to make your little girl and bag. Too bad it suited you better, right? Wink, wink. Thanks for sharing. I’m a little late in commenting because I have recently found your blog and am now following you, and will visit often. Please stop by my blog and perhaps you would like to follow me also. Have a wonderful day. Hugs, Chris

  15. COOL!!!! That’s an awesome upcycle, Kadie!!! Great idea to use the turtleneck as a pocket and I love the plaited strap.

  16. You can never be behind the times when it comes to repurposing, in my opinion! Sometimes bag straps are too big for me too (I’m on the short 5 feet tall side) so I just make a knot in the strap. If ever your daughter wants to reclaim the bag haha! I so want to do something with my sweaters once the end of their life is up, which would be soon for some.
    Anyway, thanks for taking the time to link up at my greener linky party, I really appreciate it!

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