Upcycle Wool Felt Scraps into a Jewelry Bag

6 Feb 2013

Today I'm sharing a little project from Kristen Robinson for making sweet bag for your jewelry or to hold a special little gift. Kristen makes these bags out of wool felt or linen; you can use purchased felt or make it even more personal by upcycling a wool sweater into felt or upcycling your fabric scraps of choice.

Felt Jewelry Bag with Heart Embellishment

Materials:

  • 1 piece wool felt*, approximately 11" x 5-1/2"
  • Straight pins
  • Scrap of red felt
  • Embroidery floss and needle
  • Needle and sewing thread or sewing machine and thread
  • Iron

wool felt jewelry bags by kristen robinson
These jewelry bags can be made from upcycled
sweaters or fabric scraps and are perfect
for gift giving.

1. Fold up one end of the felt rectangle, about 4-1/2" and pin in place.

2. Hand or machine stitch each side of the doubled fabric.

3. Fold the top of the rectangle over onto the stitched end, to make a flap. Press.

4. Freehand cut a heart shape. (This is how I justify all the felt scraps I keep: because I can upcycle them into embellishments.)

5. With the embroidery floss, stitch the heart to the flap. You can use a cross stitch or take a stitch in the middle leaving two long tails on the front side, cutting and tying the thread ends into a knot on the front.

*To upcycle a sweater of your own or one you picked up at thrift store, first make sure it is 100% wool. (Washable wool will not work.)

Zip any zippers and remove tags or embellishments from the sweater and wash in a washing machine on the hottest cycle. (Note: if you have a front-loading machine, you may have to repeat the cycle more than once. Or, you can put a similar-colored towel in with the sweater to increase friction.)

Toss the sweater in your dryer and dry on the hottest setting. When it's dry, you should now have a felted sweater that is many times smaller. You can cut the sweater into pieces for sewing and upcycle crafts, and the edges won't fray.

Kristen is a master at turning something cast off into something beautiful with her upcycling ideas. She has a new Cloth Paper Scissors Workshop video, Romantic Bezels: Mixed-Media Jewelry From Found Objects, where she shows you how to turn found metal into three-dimensional art using resin and jewelry-making tools.

And now you have a cute little bag to put your handmade jewelry in!


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on 6 Feb 2013 9:48 AM

I love what Kristen did with these. What a great way to present handmade atc's or handmade cookies for unique Valentines gifts. I love projects using up scraps.  

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JaniceQuilts wrote
on 6 Feb 2013 3:48 PM

I'm sorry, but I don't understand how this stays closed.  

linlal wrote
on 9 Feb 2013 7:11 PM

These would be perfect for taking jewellery in your suitcase. I would add a snap to it before sewing the heart on over it.