Thursday, August 30, 2012

How to turn an old Jumper into a Bag

I have loved this jumper. I got it for my oldest when she was little and each of my girls have worn it. When my youngest outgrew it, I knew I wanted to make it into a bag.

You will need a jumper and a coordinating shirt, if you want it lined.

Start by cutting down your jumper. I cut it about 8 1/2 inches from the top. You can see that mine is a little crooked. I didn't measure, but probably should have.

Now turn the jumper inside out. I folded the edges under a little so the bottom wouldn't be to wide. Just make a W shape at the sides. 

Then sew along the whole bottom length.

Turn right side out.

You could totally be done at this point, but I had the matching shirt so I did a liner and pockets.

First I cut along the side seam of the shirt to open it up. Then I laid it on the front of the bag and cut around it. Then I did the same thing on the back.  You can see it's not perfect. That's ok.

Next I cut out some pockets out of the excess material from the bottom of the jumper. 
Fold over the sides of the pockets and sew down.

Now sew the pocket to the liner. Sew the bottom seam first with right sides together like shown.

Then fold up the pocket and sew the sides.  The top was already finished. Because of the way the jumper was, the pocket tops are a little angled. I decided I was okay with that. 

Now sew together the sides and bottom of the liner with right sides together. 

Now turn your liner right side out and the bag inside out. Stuff the bag inside the liner. 

Next I pinned the top of the liner under and sewed all the way around the top.

Turn right side out and you're done! 

I'm really pleased with how this turned out. Let me know what you think. Do you have any old jumpers that you can turn into bags?


  1. what an adorable idea! I'd love for you to share this (and any other great project you have!) at the pin inspiration party !

  2. Adorable! I may even have an old jumper. Thanks so much for linking up at One Creative Weekend! Enjoy your weekend.

  3. Super cute! I love the corduroy jumper you started with.

  4. I have never thought to use the kids clothes, the bag is gorgeous , what a creative idea!

  5. Rachel - this is SO cute! What a fabulous idea! Featuring tonight at Mom On Timeotu - thanks for sharing!

  6. Rachel,
    This is super cute! I might have to go to the good will just to find little kids jumpers. Thank you so much for linking up to Creative Thursday last week. I can’t wait to see what you link up this week. I wouldn’t be able to do these wonderful parties without your participation. Have a wonderful week.


  7. Rachel,

    You’re being featured this week on Creative Thursday. Stop by and check it out.


  8. ooo, thats super cute! I love it, so girly and creative.

  9. Congratulations. This post was a fan favorite (and one of my favorites) at One Creative Weekend on Please stop by to grab a featured button and check out the other features. I hope you'll link up again this week!

    I've seen this post featured all over the web, so I'll expect to see these purses popping up all over. Awesome tutorial.

  10. What a great idea! Love it. And a wonderful tutorial (for me at least, organizing a tutorial is lots of work...I like yours). You have a lovely blog. Lynaea @