I'm digging into the archives a bit by sharing this project that I did exactly 2 years ago as a gift for my niece. I fulled a really lovely green sweater that I thrifted (it was already fulled a bit from the previous owner;). I added a thrifted belt for the handles and created a lining from an upholstery sample and some other fun prints in my stash. Yeah...there is a lot going on inside this purse, but I really love mixing up linings and I thought this purse could use a bit of that because I wanted to keep the outside simple.
Then I took a design from one of my favorite prints and traced it onto paper and transfered the shape onto the outside of the bag with a washable marker. I used yarn (some that I dyed with coffee) to needle felt the design onto the outside of the purse.
This year, using felt from the same sweater, I made what might seem like a pretty silly gift for John...
it's a toothbrush travel case. I know not the most romantic of gifts, but I am always trying to replace the plastic in our lives, and when we were travelling in december, I got it in my head that he needed this. I was going to needle felt some elaborate design, but that is so unlike me and so unlike John...so I simply did his monogram by needle felting some of that coffee dyed yarn that I used in the purse project above. Who doesn't need a monogrammed toothbrush travel case? Well, silly or not, wool is the perfect material for this...it absorbs liquid and has natural antimicrobial abilities.
And that sweater for the black apple doll I showed you last week came from the same sweater. That's what I love about repurposing...there is no end really. I always save little bits of repurposed wool because there is always something else you can make with them.
Here are some other needle felted yarn projects I dug up to inspire you....
Do you have a favorite repurposing or needle felting project in your archives that you'd like to share....put a link in the comments. I'd love to take a peek;)
Have a blessed weekend!