Repurposed Sweater Sleeve Gift Bags

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2 red gift bags made from a sweater with ribbon tied on them with title text reading Repurposed Sweater Gift Bags
 Do you remember the Sweater Pillows {here} I made as Valentine’s gifts? 
a pink pillow and a red pillow with the letter C on it, both made from sweaters
I used the body of the sweaters to make the pillows but still had the tops and sleeves left over.  I really liked the color and textures of both sweaters, so I wanted to find repurposed project for both the pink sleeves and the red sleeves.  The pink sleeves were repurposed into mittens. {here}
half of a red sweater
But I’d been looking at the red sleeves for a couple of weeks trying to divine their new purpose.
Then it hit me.  The sleeves would make cute gift bags for Valentine’s gifts I planned to give.
half a red sweater with the sleeves cut off
So, I cut the sleeves off. And actually threw away the rest of the sweater. I think three repurposed projects from one sweater is pretty good.
The finished cuff edge of the sleeve will become the top of my gift bag.  I just run a quick straight stitch on the unfinished edge of the sleeve.  No fancy sewing here.  After all, it’s just a gift bag, not a prom dress.
using a sewing machine to stitch a red sweater
I cut a rectangular piece of cardboard to make a base for the bottom of the bag so that it will stand up on its own. I just used a piece of cardboard that was on it’s way to the recycling bin. I rounded the corners so that they didn’t poke holes in the sweater material.
a piece of cardboard
I added pretty ribbon to each sleeve turned gift bag.  Voila.
2 red gift bags made from a sweater with ribbon tied on them
 From sweater sleeves to cute gift bags.  Repurposed and quick!  Oh, yeah, and cute.

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  1. What an awesome upcycling project…or should I say projects since you utilized the entire sweater in two project! ๐Ÿ˜‰ I’m so glad you shared this at Loving Valentines Day!


  2. This is a really great idea. I really like the cardboard in the bottom idea! I am glad you shared this! I am off to pin it, so I can remember to try this!

    I found your site from the Talking about Thursday blog hop. I am now following most of your social medias!

    Look forward to seeing what you create next!


  3. These are so brilliant!

    I would love for you to link up at the Mommy Archive – we’re focusing on all sorts of hand made bags this week, Alice x

    1. Thank you, Leanna. I love repurposing items, too. I like the challenge as much as I do saving them from the landfill. Have fun repourposing.

  4. Susan, I’m just dropping by from the “Wrapping up the Holidays” link party to let you know that you are one of my features. Congratulations and Happy Holidays!

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