How to Make a Sweater Bag
Turn your old sweater into a bag or tote—for free
A sweater bag can be a jazzy fashion statement. Just looking at these bags can make you feel warm and cozy. But, buying a sweater bag—or several if you decide you want more than one—can set you back quite a few dollars. Instead, turn your old sweater into a bag or tote.
Scouring department stores or online retailers for just the right sweater bag can be a hassle, and it's sure to be expensive. You already know that your old sweater matches your preferences; after all, you bought it in the first place. Don't throw it away: Follow the steps below to create your own DIY sweater bag or tote—for free.
Sweater Bag Supply List
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)
- Sewing machine (optional)
If you've chosen to work with a wool sweater, felt it before continuing. This will add strength and beauty to the fabric.
Felting Instructions: 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.
Cut the Sweater to Size
Lay the sweater out on your work surface, and cut a straight line across under the armpits to divide the sweater into two parts. Set 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.