Upcycled Sweatshirt Purse

from Ms. Elaineous

Upcycled Sweatshirt Purse Pattern


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Sewing: Upcycled Sweatshirt Purse
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Pattern Details:

Pattern Details

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Women, Girls



Skill Level:

medium skill level requirement Intermediate

Basic Skills Necessary:

  • Some confidence with stretchy fabric.

Pattern Description:

What to do with that collection of old sweatshirts!? Why not make a purses out of them? They make great gifts because they are so personal!

This pattern includes five pages of instructions with supplemental illustrations. As with all my patterns, the directions are clear and simple - short and concise sentences. I also provide an overview of the project with some tips to make sewing much easier.

I encourage you to read my blog for supplemental help. You might not need it, but it will give you some visuals. Just look for "Sweatshirt Purse" in the label section on the right side of the page. I've included three tutorials that run from 2/19/2013 to 2/21/2013.


  • A sweatshirt
  • Fabric
  • 8 - X-Large Eyelets/Grommets
  • Magnetic Closure (optional)
  • Shoelace and toggle

You Will Also Need:

  • Hammer for eyelet/grommet installation
  • Walking Foot

Pattern Reviews

Pattern Reviews

Average Review (of 2 reviews)
artistikim on craftsy.com

Excellent A nice way to breathe new life in to a loved sweatshirt  October 1, 2013

The construction of this bag is solid and appears as though it will be durable. It works well as a foundation for creative expansion without compromising quality or form. I took the opportunity to add a pocket to the outside (opposite side of the purse from the embroidery) as well as have pockets on both pieces of the lining for maximum organization opportunity. I also added straps to the seams of the lining for clipping small items to (a feature I liked in a previous purse). I didn't plan ...

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KarlitaG on craftsy.com

Good Upcycled Sweatshirt Purse  July 11, 2013

I had seen a similar purse on Amazon but the reviews weren't great. I decided to find a pattern to make one myself. This pattern helped me make a bigger purse with pockets than the one I had seen online. The instructions were clear but I just wished it had more pictures. The blog instructions helped a lot but it didn't include all the steps. I am not a professional seamstress and I was able to make this purse and it turned out really cute. I definitely recommend that you give it a try. You ...

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About Designer

About Designer

Ms. Elaineous on craftsy.com

I began sewing as a child - my mother did tailoring and alterations. In 2004, I began designing, making, and selling purses at arts festivals - I named my business Ms. Elaineous. In 2009, I opened Sew You Can where I taught sewing lessons. I closed my studio in 2012 to focus on designing patterns. You can follow me at http://mselaineousteachessewing.blogspot.com.

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