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Recycled handbag

Post: #273315 JuzaMum
Tue Apr 16, 2013 8:50 pm

Hi all

I have made a handbag by knitting strips of old kids clothes (t-shirts and vests etc). The strips of rag knit up quite quickly which was good for me as beginner knitter. I lost heart during the project but decided to finish what I started. I lined it with an old hideous duvet cover that had been freecycled to me, the main zip and inner pocket zip were also recycled from old clothes. I am pleased with the result (no accounting for taste :lol: )and use it all the time.

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Re: Recycled handbag

Post: #273329 Pumpkin&Piglet
Wed Apr 17, 2013 8:48 pm

That's brilliant!! Well done :cheers:

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Post: #273340 Milims
Thu Apr 18, 2013 1:17 pm

Lovely and colourful! Well done :iconbiggrin:
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Thu Apr 18, 2013 3:54 pm

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Re: Recycled handbag

Post: #273351 JuzaMum
Thu Apr 18, 2013 6:39 pm

Thanks for the positive responses. :icon_smile:
I popped into Hobbycraft a few days ago and I noticed they sell knitting yarn that looks like strips of fabric so you can get that recycled look without the effort!

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Re: Recycled handbag

Post: #273355 Skippy
Thu Apr 18, 2013 7:49 pm

Don't take this as a negative response as I do agree it looks attractive and funky as well as being good that it's made from recycled materials but can I just ask what's it like if it rains and gets wet? Maybe just the practical side of me coming out or perhaps images of knitted swim wear filling my mind :lol:


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Re: Recycled handbag

Post: #273356 JuzaMum
Thu Apr 18, 2013 8:56 pm

Hi Skippy

No offense taken. If it rains it gets wet and then it dries out. I have been using it a while and it is not problem. It is knitted with cottons and is washable. I'm a practical girl :icon_smile:

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Re: Recycled handbag

Post: #273370 Pumpkin&Piglet
Fri Apr 19, 2013 8:22 am

So you make strips from old clothes and then use them as though you were using wool to knit with?

It looks like any normal thread - they must be small strips of fabric. Do they bend round making like a tube?

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Re: Recycled handbag

Post: #273389 JuzaMum
Fri Apr 19, 2013 7:14 pm

Hi Pumpkin and Piglet

Yes it is old clothes cut into strips about 1/2 - 3/4" wide but varies as it is just done by eye. I cut the hem off the T-shirt or vest and cut a continuous strip going round the shirt (almost spiral like) until I reached the arm holes. The strips don't really bend round, you can see that it is flat strips but obviously the photo quality doesn't show this. You get bits in the knit where you can see where the seams in the garments were and also labels if you don't cut them out. Each section of colour is a different garment. All the clothes were past reuse as clothing. I am saving more of the kids old colourful clothes for making something else the same way but not sure what.

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Post: #273393 Thomzo
Fri Apr 19, 2013 8:36 pm

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Re: Recycled handbag

Post: #273431 Pumpkin&Piglet
Sun Apr 21, 2013 11:28 am

That's brilliant. I am def going to have a go. I can't knit but I can crochet. For some reason I got crocheting really well but just couldn't get knitting!

No idea what I'll make or what clothes I'll use as I'm not done having babies yet but I'm sure somethign will come together!

Thanks for the inspiration :)

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Re: Recycled handbag

Post: #273537 Pumkinpie
Sun Apr 28, 2013 10:58 am

I think it looks great. U should get lots of use from it.


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