Create a Winter Sweater Tote From an Old Houndstooth Sweater


New Year’s Eve is on the way.

Ring in the new year with this adorable DIY winter sweater tote.


Along with all of the self-improvement resolutions you make this New Year’s Eve, be sure to include a declaration to make a new sweater tote to go with your winter outfits. If they all turn out this cute, it’s a resolution that’ll be easy to keep.


All you need is an old thrift store sweater….

winter sweater tote before

a couple of wooden handles and some cute fabric for a lining.


It’ll take you less than an hour to make and when you’re finished you’ll have a cute winter tote perfect for carrying your laptop and your favorite book. 😉


Click here for the complete tutorial and for your chance to win a copy of my new book, The Refashion Handbook.

The Refashion Handbook

All you have to do is pin and comment to be entered in the drawing.

Last week’s winner from the Cozy Cardigan Cowl post is…


Della Carr Bryan!

Congratulations and thank you so much for your wonderful comment! Send your address to and I’ll send it out to you right away.

For another chance to win a copy of TheRefashion Handbooksend a picture of yourself with your copy of the book to to be posted on Where in the World is The Refashion Handbook throughout the month of January.

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About The Renegade Seamstress

I'm a busy wife, mom, grandma, and teacher who loves to create. I've joined the refashion scene and I 'd like to share and connect with all those talented and creative people out there doing similar things.
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43 Responses to Create a Winter Sweater Tote From an Old Houndstooth Sweater

  1. Ann in PA says:

    Your tutorials are the best! I love your designs. Thank you for sharing.

  2. Barbara Ely says:

    Love this one! I’d like to bring Kathryn over to see your cool studio if you are working in there this coming week. I will call. This is one of my favorites that you’ve done.

  3. I like to make it for a Christmas present for next year.

  4. Mother Deer says:

    Great idea, Beth. Love this one!
    Please enter me in the drawing 🙂

  5. Lari Diehl says:

    Sounds good.

    Lari Diehl


  6. Wow! This looks so easy, I think I could make it. Thanks!

  7. Dawn Jones says:

    I love this, it’s really cute! I pinned this page and the Ehow page. (

  8. I love this purse! I may just have to copy it LOL in a couple different colors

  9. vjcollins says:

    Ooh lovely! I did a similar thing with my daughter’s jumper dress & hubby’s shirt (not as professional looking as yours though!!) 🙂

  10. Love the tote!
    Something else though: I wish there was a like option for your posts. I read more often than I comment, because usually I read blogs on Mondays (after volunteering at the local Food Bank all day and being too tired to craft myself). Sadly I am most often also too tired to write comments. Don’t laugh! It’s true! I am too darn tired to type lol. However I would love to let you know I was here and at least like the article…. lol
    Oh well. Just know that I am here way more often than you know hahahahaha.. No.. I am not stalking this blog at all 😀

    • Thanks for being so supportive. Do you subscribe through WordPress? I’m surprised there isn’t a like button at the top. Thanks for letting me know that you’re enjoying the posts. It really means a lot to me. Happy 2015!

      • I am subscribed through wordpress, but I have your blog linked in my sidebar. (always love to share good things with my readers) so usually I do the round from my blog, rather than the feed 🙂 I am such a routine sloth….

  11. minibea12 says:

    I’d love to have this awesome book! I am on a mission to reuse and recycle!
    pinned this giveaway:

  12. emadethis says:

    Such a cute bag! Where do you get your wood handles?

  13. duchick says:

    This tote is such a cute idea. I have been saving a few of my favorite old sweaters, knowing they have an extra life in them. I’ve pinned the tutorial to my pinterest board “Cut Up Those Old Sweaters”.

  14. KateE says:

    I LOVE the idea of repurposing items no longer being used!! I’ve been a crafter my whole life and love to create items made from other things! I would thoroughly love to have and would use this book!!! Excited about the possibility of winning it!! Thanks!!

  15. Gill says:

    Love this idea, and it fits in with my New Year resolution not to buy anything new for at least the month of January! Thank you and Happy New Year x

  16. Just found your blog. I will be here for days pinning. Such inspiration! Thanks for entering me in the drawing.

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  18. Gorgeous and so useful!

  19. bagladyboutique says:

    Reblogged this on Bag Lady Boutique.

  20. Benhaenow says:

    I loved this Sweater Design!! Very Nice

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