Have you ever put a 100% wool sweater in the wash and dry cycles by accident? Well, I did. My husband, Bob’s J. Crew 100% merino wool XL sweater went through the washer and dryer and it ended up being about a size Medium! Once a sweater is felted, the shape is very distorted and not really wearable unless you don’t mind wearing a lumpy sweater. Rather than discard it for the landfill, I decided to repurpose/upcycle/recreate it to a medieval belt bag which I named – medieval mi bolsa. Translated, mi bolsa means ‘my pouch’ in English. It is lined with 100% cotton fabric.
Below is two vintage-inspired projects – medieval mi bolsa and sunglass case as part of my no-waste philosophy.
You may be wondering what to use the medieval belt pouch (mi bolsa) for…here’s the shortlist:
- To carry your cellphone, driver’s license, credit cards, money, sanitizer, and any other small important necessary items
- Belt handbag
- Alternative handbag
- For hiking and other outdoor activities
- As a medical pouch
- Suitable for men, women teenagers, children
- For work
- Substitute for a fanny pack but much cooler
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