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I repurposed an old sweater I found at a thrift store to make this knit purse.
This is what I started with.
As I examined it, I decided to turn the sweater upside down and use the ribbing along the bottom as the edging for the flap of my purse.
I started by turning the sweater inside out and cutting off the sleeves.
Next, using a Fiskars acrylic ruler, cutting mat, and rotary cutter, I cut the panels for my purse from the front and back of the sweater and the lining panels from a lightweight denim. The sweater panels were cut to 19 1/2 inch x 9 1/4 inch. The lining panes were cut to 14 3/4 inch x 9 1/4 inch and 14 1/4 inch x 9 1/4 inch. On the top sweater panel, I measured down 5 1/4 inches and cut across the panel and left it in place. I cut a 1 1/2 inch x 1 1/2 inch notch out of the bottom corner of the panels so I could create a box bottom to the purse and have a little more room inside of it.
To connect my panels, I stitched a 1/2 inch seam down both sides of the panels and along the bottom of it. When I stitched down the 5 1/4 inch section, I only stitched the sides down. I don't own a serger so I I zig-zag stitched in the seam allowances to prevent the knit material from unraveling.
To box the base, I held the panels like this.
Next, I pinched the two seams together.
Then I stitch a 1/2 inch seam across the opening. Keep the lining turned inside out.
To attach the lining to the outer layer, I began by placing the edges of the short sweater panel and the short lining panel, right sides together, and stitching them with a 1/2 inch seam allowance.
Then, I flipped the lining over and tucked it down inside the bag. I folded the other edge of the sweater panel under 1/2 inch and pinned it to the lining, attaching the 2 by hand stitching them together. I used this same method to finish the sides of the opening. Finally, I slip stitched the ribbed edges of the panels together. I could have machine stitched them together earlier in the process, but I didn't want to give up any of my ribbed edging to the seam allowance.
I braided 3 groups of 3 strands of yarn together to make the shoulder strap. I knotted close to each end and stitched the knots to the sides of the purse.
To complete the purse, I stitched a giant button to the flap. And without a single knit or purl, I have a pretty little sweater knit purse!
Thrifted sweater, material for lining, thread, yarn for shoulder strap, button.