How to Make a Sweater Bag

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Sweater Bag Supply List

Sweater Bag Supply List
To make a sweater bag, you will need an old sweater, as well as a cloth belt or ribbon to serve as the handle. Erin Huffstetler

To make a sweater bag you will need:

  • An old sweater
  • A cloth belt or a length of ribbon (to serve as handles)
  • Fabric for lining the inside of the bag (optional)
  • Thread
  • Scissors
  • Sewing machine (optional)

Note: If you've chosen to work with a wool sweater, it's recommended that you felt it before continuing. This will add strength and beauty to the fabric.

Felting Instuctions: Wash your sweater on the hottest washer setting and dry it on high heat. This should cause the fabric to take on a soft, fused texture. If you can still see the weave in the fabric, it's not fully felted. Repeat the process until you get the desired results.

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Cut The Sweater Down to Size

Cut The Sweater Down to Size
Cut the sweater down to the size that you want your sweater bag to be. Erin Huffstetler

Lay the sweater out on your work surface, and cut a straight line across under the arm pits to divide the sweater into two. Toss the top portion of the sweater aside for use in a later step. For now, you'll be working with the bottom portion of the sweater, which will serve as the body for your sweater bag.

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Sew a Seam Along the Bottom of the Sweater Bag

Sew a Seam Along the Bottom of the Sweater Bag
Sew a seam along the bottom of the sweater to create the bottom for your bag. Erin Huffstetler

Smooth the bottom portion of the sweater out, making sure that the bottom edge of the sweater matches up front and back. Then, stitch across the bottom (about a half-inch in) to create a seam for the sweater bag.

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Add a Pocket to the Sweater Bag

Add a Pocket to the Sweater Bag
Add a pocket to the bag, using a piece from the neckline of the sweater. Erin Huffstetler

If you'd like a pocket on your bag, you can create one from the neckline of the sweater. Simply cut a rectangular patch from the neckline; center it on the bag; and stitch in place.

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Sew a Lining for the Sweater Bag

Sew a Lining for the Sweater Bag
Sew a fabric lining for the sweater bag for a more finished, professional look. Erin Huffstetler

Create a lining for the bag by sewing a fabric pouch that is just slightly smaller than the exterior of the bag. Then, pin in place.

Note: Be sure to sew the pouch with the good side of the fabric facing in.

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Hem The Top of The Sweater Bag

Hem The Top of The Sweater Bag
Hem the top of the sweater bag. Erin Huffstetler

Hem the top of the sweater bag to create a nice, finished edge.

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Sew Handles on the Sweater Bag

Sew a Handle on the Sweater Bag
Create a handle for the sweater bag from an old, cloth belt or a length of ribbon. Erin Huffstetler

Create handles for the sweater bag by cutting an old, cloth belt in half, and stitching a handle on each side of the bag; or by doing the same with two pieces of decorative ribbon.

Tip: To keep the ends of your handles from unraveling, apply a bit of super glue to each one.