Glue Gun (optional)
First you start with an old sweater. I liked the pocket detail on the front, but it isn't functional
Next, Cut a square from the middle of the shirt. You can measure if you want to be exact, I didn't. Also cut off the arms.
Here are the two arm pieces cut.
Next you will cut up both sides of the arm so that you should have 4 arm pieces when you are done.
After they are cut, go up the sides to make sure they are pretty even and about the same size. Again, you can measure if you want to be exact, I wasn't too concerned!
Next you put two arms together, and sew right side to right side. Leave the cuff portion open so that you can flip it right side out when you are done. Do this with both of your arm pieces.
Next, sew the two long arm pieces together, right side to right side, leaving both ends open.
Do the same with the square piece from the middle of your shirt. Sew Right side to right side, leaving the top open.
I ran an iron on all the seams because they didn't hold down very well. It will depend on the type of sweater you are using, mind was kind of thick.
Here are the two finished pieces before they are attached to one another.
The next step I did is optional, but I wanted a little color to my bag.
I used pieces of felt to line the top of the bag. You could just fold over the edges and hem it normally, or you could take some binding tape and do what I did, or use any scarps that don't fray to seal the top.
I pinned the felt pieces to the top of the bag, and did a zig zag stitch all the way around the bag.
The final step is to attach the shoulder strap. Line up both open ends of the strap to the side seams of the bag. Pin in place, and sew a few times back and forth so that it will be a strong stitch.
I embellished mine with a little flower I made from felt also. I found the basic flower idea at Tater tots and Jello. I did mine a little different, and will have a tutorial up shortly!
So many possibilities with old sweaters and fun embellishments! Have fun!