I strengthened the trouser fabric parts with iron-on interfacing. It doesn't make the fabric as stiff as the jumper felt of the first bag but I think it will still work. I put a zipped pleated pocket into the back part. To make the pocket look more interesting I only made the lower pleat rather than two pleats meeting in the middle and also used the other trouser fabric for the pleat. Next up it's putting the front and the back together... I don't know how to do that yet, so wish me luck! My brain already hurts thinking about options.
My son favours the grey colour scheme. So I made a start with this one.
For the flap I lined a piece of narrow pinstripe with the glittery jumper. I had to sew the lining together from two parts because it wasn't a very big jumper in the first place and after the felting even smaller, of course. The front I put together from the backs of the wide pinstripe trousers so that I could include the little back pocket of the original trousers (top right). The side panels and back are one piece with the stripes rotated by 90 degrees. The piece that determined the size was the flap lining. I didn't use a pattern. I just cut as I went along trying to fit things together. It's a bit frightening but also weirdly liberating. Now I need to find some material to stiffen the trouser fabric. Although originally labelled as needing dry cleaning, the trousers repeatedly resisted being felted in the washing machine. I don't want to make a floppy messenger bag.
Funky is not going well. I'm doing the back in plain green and somewhere I must have dropped a stitch or not increased one, one stitch is missing and I can't make out where and it's driving me bananas, because I'm such an idiotic pedantic when it comes to knitting. I wanted to do the back in just one colour but it's hard for me to do the increases without the hounds tooth pattern, which turns out to be a great help figuring out where I am and how many stitches there should be. And I don't seem to be able to knit much else other than the jumper I made for my mum's birthday which I forgot to photograph her in so that I can't even show you that and I now got all distracted by making bags. I got completely hooked by the multitudes of possibilities making a recycled bag that I can't think of much else. So, finally, I have given in and although this blog is supposed to be about knitting I will explore the bag making a bit more (erm, I don't like knitted bags). After all it's also about recycling and you have to follow your heart, don't you?
So here three sets of possible combinations of materials for more bags. From left to right an old green woolen skirt, a shrunk turquoise angora jumper, some lining fabric and a pair of old linen trousers garnished with a collection of zips I could use.
Here a purple combination consisting of two woolen jumpers that I felted in the washing machine for a different project that never took off and parts of a sari with a flowery pattern and two zips.
And the last one a muted colour scheme of old pin stripe trousers, a glitter angora jumper (trust me it's glittery) that I once tried to unravel but that doesn't lend itself to unraveling (such jumpers exist), a leather belt and a zip.
Not sure which one I will do first. It depends a bit on the interfacing I will need and I don't have a lot of choice. Which colour combination do you like best?