Create Various Items from Repurposed Wool Jackets
The are a variety of ways to repurpose old wool jackets. One way that has become quite popular in the green community is by turning them into bags of all sorts. Handbags, shopping bags and smaller clutch style purses made from wool jackets are sturdy and easy to put together. If you are handy with a sewing machine, then it is just a matter of getting a pattern, cutting and sewing.
To the left is an example of a designer made repurposed wool jacket that was turned into a handbag.
This handbag was made by Helen Bellomo and she carries a wide range of repurposed and upcycled purse designs through her shop Helen's Handbags. You can learn to make one yourself by following Cyndee Kromminga's tutorial on making a medium sized purse from a wool suit jacket here: How to Make a Purse from an Old Suit.
Other ways in which people have repurposed wool jackets, and a few of these can be done without purchasing a pattern are as follows:
- Cellphone and iPod case
- Laptop and Notebook cases
- Stuffed animals
- Floor Rugs
- Coffee Table Runners
- Drink Coasters
Green crafter Betz White has made many items by repurposing wool jackets and sweaters. The image to the left showcases the handmade pillows that she created by reurposeing old wool garments. The first pillow is made from a combination of felting a wool sweater with a flannel backing, the second pillow is made from a non-felted wool sweater with a wool suit backing and the third also comes from a felted wool sweater with a denim jacket backing.
When making your own you can use any number of fabrics but if you repurpose your wool in this way, you will end up with a sturdy pillow that stands up to the many uses of a family home even with pets.
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