Last year (meaning 2007) for Christmas, the ladies in the family received a thrifted wool sweater from my mom that had already been felted, which means they were very shrunken. It was funny to see everyone holding up their small sweaters, trying to figure out why she had given them to us. She said she'd be making something for each of us from our sweaters and then quickly spirited them away, never to be seen again in their original state.
Fast forward to this past Christmas. We'd all but forgotten about the sweaters and had a good laugh when we opened our packages to find our tiny little sweaters transformed into handbags.
My sweater had beadwork on it and she did her best to make sure every beaded area on the sweater made it into the handbag.
I like how she used the sleeve as a closure.
Everyone had a different type of bag and it was fun to see how their sweaters translated into a handbag. I'll try to get some photos of them to show you in the future.