Hand-Embroidered Felted Wool and Recycled Bicycle Parts Make the Bag!

comments (6) January 26th, 2009     

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I finally caught up with Miss Frugality...Heres a pic of her felted wool bag.  Just a note, she uses this bag every day and the recycled fastenings are still rock solid!
Heres my rivet and tac button putter-inner...I wonder if I can use it to attach cool stuff like bike parts to my jeans. Curious? Then check it out!
I finally caught up with Miss Frugality...Heres a pic of her felted wool bag.  Just a note, she uses this bag every day and the recycled fastenings are still rock solid!

I finally caught up with Miss Frugality...Here's a pic of her felted wool bag.  Just a note, she uses this bag every day and the recycled fastenings are still rock solid!

Photo: Miss Frugality

Looking for cool recycled crafts, I stumbled upon Miss Frugality. I love this blog; it's filled with lots of hand-embroidery ideas. One of her projects in particular that caught my eye is a handbag designed from felted wool combined with hand-stitching and bicycle parts! She used individual links from a bike chain to attach the leather straps to the felted wool. This idea solves one of the problems I've had in the past when I'm working with stuff that gets too thick for my sewing machine to handle. I have one of those tabletop rivet and tac button "putter-inners" for my jeans...I bet I can use it to work with something a little more interesting than rivets... It also occurred to me that those bicycle chain links would be another cool way to attach all those magazine pages together to make Jeffery's waste basket!

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Comments (6)

JenniferStern writes: Hi Wutz4tea--Julia, designer and owner of Miss Frugality felted the wool and made the bag1!...check out her blog (link above), she has lots of cool stuff:) Have a great evening!
Posted: 7:32 pm on February 1st
wutz4tea writes: That doesn't look like plain old felt. Did you make, buy, somebody else make? Anyway this is beautiful!
Posted: 6:13 pm on February 1st
happypeony writes: What a beautiful bag! I am happy to say I am the very proud owner of an incredible work by Julia. She and I just did a swap. Her embroidery and color sense are out of this world lovely!
~Emily
Posted: 3:20 pm on January 31st
JenniferStern writes: Every diy girl has her favorite tools...mine in the rivet and tac button putter inner...I posted it because the original photo of the bag on Miss Frugality's blog inspired me to see if I can use this tool for more than just rivets and buttons--maybe to use bike parts or other metal do-dads as fasteners of some sort... sorry if the picture confused.
Posted: 10:09 am on January 29th
materialmama writes: Here's my rivet and tac button "putter-inner"

I spoke too soon -- so how did you make this???? I'm "diy"ing to know :)
Posted: 6:27 pm on January 26th
materialmama writes: This is GREAT! I'm sharing it on my sewing podcast coming up this week. I LOVE to DIY with my own DIY-ed stuff! Thanks for the link!

Nutmeg
materialmama.com
Posted: 6:22 pm on January 26th
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