March 12, 2014

Welcome to my stop on the Ruffles blog hop tour – if you are a regular visitor you will know I have a bit of a passion for upcycling, and bags. So it will be no surprise to you that I have created a bag out of my brothers former jumper. Very sadly this high quality, rather large but extremely useful pass me down jumper accidentally went in the wash!


Ruffle felt bag

The jumper felted in the washing machine. I paired it with a vibrant turquoise scarf from the local jumble sale, no expense spared for this bag (20p)


I added medium weight interfacing (from my stash) to the rather flimsy scarf, and added an internal pocket, to create the bags lining.



Adding the lining and turning round the corners was a little trickier than I anticipated, whether this was because it was the first time I had turned in lining round corners, or because of the fabric I don’t know.


The black ruffle is made from one of the sleeves hand stitched on, with a longer piece of scarf ruffled in the middle.

Not dabbling in norm

Not dabbling in norm

I followed the directions over at Not dabbling in normal for creating the bag, I have to admit I must have pinned this project well over a year ago. I am delighted the ruffle hop finally meant I made the bag. I am looking forward to using the bag to take supplies to my local craft group, it’s surprising just how roomy a jumper bag is:)

Please do stop by the other blogs taking part, todays stops are:

Quilted Delights
Patchwork Breeze
Sheila’s quilt world
vicky myers creations (you are here)
Words & Stitches
Sew Many Yarns
Sew and Sow Farm
A big thanks to  Mdm Samm at SewWeQuilt and Amy at SewIncrediblyCrazy for organising the Think Ruffles blog hop.
If you made it this far I am running a giveway over on my Facebook page for this cotton and leather clutch, please do enter:)
And last but not least a big Thanks to all those who have voted for me in  funding from Support Small Biz UK, it means a lot (there is still time to vote!)


This post is linked up here

52 comments so far.

52 responses to “Ruffles”

  1. jan says:

    Wow! I love upcycling. The jumper made a great bag! Thank you for sharing how you made it!
    xo [email protected] Sew and Sow Farm

  2. Love your up-cycled bag. It is so nice to use things that you already have. Very cute! Glad you joined us! 😉

  3. Theresa says:

    You did a great job on your bag. It sure does look to be roomy.

  4. Terry says:

    Adorable bag…great way to repurpose that jumper and scarf!!! Thanks for sharing 🙂

  5. Judy B. says:

    What a great way to recycle and come up with something sew perfect! Thank you for sharing.

  6. Anita says:

    I like your bag! Re-design using old fabric is one of my favorite.

  7. Shari says:

    Great bag, thanks for the inspiration to start upcycling…something I keep meaning to do but just never get there!

  8. Britt-Inger says:

    I love your bag. It is so beautiful. Thanks for sharing your creativity and being part of this hop.

  9. charlotte m. says:

    Very nice job. Great use of materials on hand to create your bag.

  10. Love you purses and the use of recycled items is super. Also wanted to thank you for leaving a comment on my post… I couldn’t figure out how to reach you before this!!

  11. Elizabeth says:

    I love your upcycled ruffled bag! Using things on hand to make something new is something I strive to do whenever possible.

  12. Leah says:

    Very cool way to make a bag. Love that it came from a jumper.

  13. Judy says:

    Well, you definitively upcycled your bag in a beautiful way, that is an idea I have to do as well to pimp up my stash of fabric totes!
    I especially like your second bag, the blue one, is it felt?

  14. A nice repurpose of the wool garment and it turned out oh so cute with the ruffle.

  15. I enjoyed your upcycled sweater-into-bag project. Iespecially like the lining and the fact that you gave us a link to where you found your tutorial. I added you to my Bloglovin’ feed because I like the ideas you have. I can’t wait to get to know you better, so I will go and look around your blog.

  16. Mdm Samm says:

    I know I know I am late this morning, we are being hit by a wicked wicked storm and white stuff is falling from the sky like sheets….eeeek…lol

    Now where was I, your ruffled bag reminds me of a ruffled blouse for a tux….LOVE IT the colours and photos….lovely….does it have special powers….if soooooo please work it now…warm up our earth over here lol

  17. Marlene says:

    I love this bag! The colors are wonderful and the size is perfect. Blessings, Marlene

  18. Your upcycled bag is really wonderful! I love that you made something so pretty from “preloved” materials! Great job!

  19. evelyn says:

    Love the idea of upcycling. I am a thrift store junkie. Great job, love the blue fabric that you used-it really pops the black.

  20. Sheila says:

    I love to upcycle too and your bag is a great example of an attractive up cycled project !

  21. Joan says:

    What a great way to save an unfortunate washing! Love the ruffles you have added!

  22. Lana says:

    Those don’t even look recycled!!! What a creative idea! Great Job!

  23. Mary W says:

    Great job on your bags.

  24. Kay says:

    This is a great design, thanks for sharing.

  25. Carolyn says:

    What a great way to upcycle. Love your ruffled bag. 🙂

  26. Nancy Myers says:

    The bag is wonderful and I like that you use recyled items.

  27. Vickie says:

    Sew glad you shared your ruffled bag….very cute !

  28. How thankful that you could upcycle the jumper. Ruffles are Fabric Smiling. Thank you sew very much for Hopping…

  29. Carla says:

    Great bag. I, too, love the idea of recycling or up cycling. There is always fabric to use that once had another life.

  30. Sherry says:

    What a great idea using a jumper for a bag! I like that you were motivated by this blog hop to get a project done that you had wanted to do for some time. I did that too. It was great to visit here today.

  31. Mary Ann says:

    This is a really cute way to make something useful again!

  32. Linda J says:

    Well done, Vicky! Something new from something older. Just to be sure by “jumper” you mean what we in the States might call a sweater or a cardigan?

  33. Margaret Schindler says:

    I love how you did this bag. I love to upcycle things It make me feel good to get something out of something that I have used.

  34. What a great idea. I think it turned out beautifully.

  35. Susan in OK says:

    What a wonderful upcycling! I love the turquoise scarf you used as the lining and the second ruffle. It is just a breath of spring!! You are an inspiration to use some of the downloads from year(s) ago. Thanks for participating and inspiring us to upcycle to create a new beautiful project.

  36. Margaret Parks says:

    Wow! What a clever idea. I love the bag and you did a great job with the ruffle.

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  37. Lori Morton says:

    Fun bag! Goood job!

  38. Jan says:

    Love the upcycled bag. Good job.

  39. Gina Caro says:

    The bag looks brilliant, I love the colour of the scarf! Thank you for joining in with #ThriftyThursday again 🙂

  40. I really love this bag and the style of it! I need one in my life! I really do need to get my sewing machine out and get back into sewing #ThriftyThursday

  41. Gorgeous! I found you on Cold Tea and Smelly Nappies’ Thrify Thursday linky.

    You would never guess that your bag was originally a sweater! Clever!

  42. Tarana says:

    You’ve done such a good job with this bag! I love the design, especially the blue fabric you used.

  43. LJ says:

    Upcycling is the best! Your bag is sweet and the ruffle adds just the right touch especially with the turquoise pop of color.

  44. Vicky you are the queen of bargain sewing! Love it 🙂

  45. This is another really lovely project on this blog – you really are incredibly clever and are putting me to shame! 😉

  46. MoeWest says:

    Your bag looks great! The turquoise really makes it pop.

  47. The bag looks great, fantastic upcycling project!

  48. Shell Louise says:

    I pin loads of things to make using upcycled materials but I never seem to get round to any of them. You’ve inspired me to get creating. That bag is lovely and it’s great that it cost so little!

  49. I love the ruffles on the bag, and I love the colours with that splash of colour from the scarf. Really beautiful.

  50. I think pairing up the dark jumper with the vibrant scarf was a brilliant design idea. Love this bag – I might even dig out my sewing machine and have a go myself!

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