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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:

vicky myers creations (you are here)
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!)

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  1. March 12, 2014 / 4:23 am

    Wow! I love upcycling. The jumper made a great bag! Thank you for sharing how you made it!
    xo jan@ Sew and Sow Farm
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  2. Theresa
    March 12, 2014 / 4:52 am

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

  3. March 12, 2014 / 5:00 am

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

  4. Judy B.
    March 12, 2014 / 5:01 am

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

  5. March 12, 2014 / 8:01 am

    Great bag, thanks for the inspiration to start upcycling…something I keep meaning to do but just never get there!
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  6. March 12, 2014 / 8:25 am

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

  7. March 12, 2014 / 10:45 am

    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!!

  8. March 12, 2014 / 10:57 am

    I love your upcycled ruffled bag! Using things on hand to make something new is something I strive to do whenever possible.
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  9. March 12, 2014 / 12:43 pm

    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?

  10. March 12, 2014 / 12:49 pm

    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.
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  11. Mdm Samm
    March 12, 2014 / 12:53 pm

    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

  12. March 12, 2014 / 1:15 pm

    I love this bag! The colors are wonderful and the size is perfect. Blessings, Marlene
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  13. March 12, 2014 / 1:28 pm

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

  14. evelyn
    March 12, 2014 / 1:53 pm

    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.

  15. March 12, 2014 / 2:00 pm

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

  16. Lana
    March 12, 2014 / 2:19 pm

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

  17. March 12, 2014 / 3:27 pm

    Great job on your bags.

  18. Kay
    March 12, 2014 / 3:27 pm

    This is a great design, thanks for sharing.

  19. March 12, 2014 / 3:28 pm

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

  20. March 12, 2014 / 5:08 pm

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

  21. March 12, 2014 / 7:49 pm

    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.

  22. March 12, 2014 / 8:12 pm

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

  23. March 12, 2014 / 8:46 pm

    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?
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    • Amylouise5
      March 12, 2014 / 10:03 pm

      A sweater:)

  24. Margaret Schindler
    March 12, 2014 / 9:43 pm

    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.

  25. March 12, 2014 / 9:45 pm

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

  26. Susan in OK
    March 12, 2014 / 10:09 pm

    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.

  27. Margaret Parks
    March 12, 2014 / 11:31 pm

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

  28. Lori Morton
    March 13, 2014 / 3:02 am

    Fun bag! Goood job!

  29. Jan
    March 13, 2014 / 3:15 am

    Love the upcycled bag. Good job.

  30. March 13, 2014 / 10:42 am

    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!

  31. LJ
    March 13, 2014 / 3:27 pm

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

  32. MoeWest
    March 13, 2014 / 10:19 pm

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

  33. March 15, 2014 / 8:18 am

    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!
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