I promised a long time ago to show what I made from my thrift shop sale purchases when I posted it here and guess what....today is the day!! Woo hooooooo, lucky you! I have two items to share!
I made mittens from this sweater. I found a great tutorial and pattern here , thank you Make and Do Girl! I didn't add the lining to mine they were so nice and soft inside I didn't want to lose that comfort. I followed every other step. This is the sweater I started with, it's 100% wool. I washed it in hot water and dried it in the dryer, a BIG no no for a wool sweater you love, but I wanted felted mittens!
Here they are all done! I like the vine around the cuff!
I used an old cashmere sweater for the bottom of the mittens, it is so soft and cozy. The cuff is a bit thick, I sewed it by hand because it wouldn't fit under the sewing machine foot. I haven't used them yet, but I imagine they are good for keeping your finger tips nice and cozy while outside by the campfire or watching the holiday parades ahead!
I made a cross body bag from the wool skirt and leather belt I bought at the local thrift shop on sale day, I got everything 1/2 price!
I had to cut a lot of the skirt off to get nice straight pieces of fabric to use. Skirts are curvier than I realized. There were a few dirty marks on the skirt I cut around, luckily there was plenty of fabric left to make the size bag I wanted.
I used the lining of the skirt to make the lining of my bag as well as the wool from the skirt.
It is the perfect size bag for a bottle of water, my long wallet and a few other essentials for a day of shopping. I knitted the flower to add to the front because it was kinda plain and boring. I love that crazy knitted embellishment!! If you do too you can find it on Ravelry It's called the Knitted Flower. I ended up knitting a blue one for this bag, I figured if I was gonna go to the trouble of knitting a flower you should be able to see it on the front! Blue is much more noticeable than the grey one!
I love how my projects turned out! Shopping at the thrift shops benefits everyone, it keeps things out of landfills, the organizations supported by the thrift shops and us, the shoppers! It's a win win!!
Have you made something new out of something old? I would love to hear all about it!!
Now, go make something!!