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My First Felted Bag

Posted on March 16, 2008

Okay, I know everyone’s been felting wool bags for years. But this is my first attempt and here is the results.

Felted Bag

I found two small balls of 100% brown wool at my local thrift store. Apparently someone didn’t finish their project or didn’t need these two leftover balls so I thought I’d buy them to crochet my first felted bag. But fearing I didn’t have enough and wanting to crochet a good-sized purse, I splurged and bought a small skein of 100% variegated wool to make some colorful stripes on my purse.

It is very important to use 100% wool for your felting projects. I almost made the mistake of using some other “wool” yarn I recycled from another project, but found out it was only 20% wool. If I had used that, it would not have felted properly or evenly.

My bag was crocheted and then felted twice in my washing machine. The first time I used the hottest water setting for 10 minutes and then a cold water rinse. I put my bag inside an old pillowcase and tied it shut with a knot. I also threw in an old pair of jeans for added agitation. It wasn’t quite enough so I felted it again for about another 6 minutes. I added two recycled buttons to finish off the bag.

Here is the free pattern for anyone interested in crocheting this felted sling bag purse.

Felted Sling Bag Purse Pattern

Purse measurements:
Before felting – 11-1/2″ wide and 11-1/2″ long with 48″ strap
After felting – 9″ wide and 9″ long with 43″ strap

3 ozs -100% brown wool yarn
2 ozs -100% variegated wool yarn for stripes (Bernat Natural Wool Meadow shown)
1 inch button or two recycled buttons as shown on bag

Hook: H (5 mm) crochet hook

Chain 40

Rnd 1
Hdc in 2nd ch from hook in each chain.
Continue around to corner end, work 2 Hdc in end st. Continue down the back side of chain by working a Hdc in every chain stitch and finish by working 2 Hdc in end st.

Rnd 2 – 10
Hdc in each st around and do not connect at end of rounds, just continue working Hdc in rounds until the last two sts of rnd 10. Work Sc and then Sl St to finish rnd. FO and weave under end to make smooth finishing edge on rnd.

Rnd 11
Join variegated wool yarn with Sl St in side of bag where you just finished last rnd. Ch 2, Hdc in ea st around. Join with Sl St to top of ch 2. Ch 1.

Rnd 12 – 14
Hdc in ea st around and don’t join at end of rnd. Just continue around working Hdc in ea st until 4 rnds are complete for stripe. In last two sts of last rnd, work Sc and then Sl St to finish rnd. FO and weave under end to make smooth finishing edge on rnd.

Rnd 15 – 23
Join brown wool yarn with Sl St at side of bag where you just finished last rnd. Ch 2, work Hdc in ea st around and don’t join at end of rnd, just continue around until 9 rnds of brown completed. In last two sts of last rnd, work Sc and then Sl St to finish rnd. FO and weave under end to make smooth finishing edge on rnd.

Rnd 24 – 25
Join variegated wool yarn with Sl St in side of bag where you just finished last rnd. Ch 2, Hdc in ea st around for 2 rnds as established in previous stripe. FO as before for last 2 sts also.

Rnd 26 – 29
Join brown yarn as before and ch 2, Hdc in ea st around as established in pattern until 4 rnds complete.

Rnd 30
Mark 4 center sts at front of bag. Hdc in each st to the 4 sts at center front. Ch 4 and leave the 4 center sts unworked for buttonhole. Then Hdc in each st around to finish rnd.

Rnd 31
Hdc in ea st of rnd to center where buttonhole opening was made, work 4 Hdc in opening space. Continue then working Hdc in ea remaining sts of rnd.

Rnd 32
Hdc in each st around until the last two sts of rnd at side of bag, Sl St in ea of the last two sts. This should make a smooth finishing edge for your purse. Make sure your buttonhole is centered and your strap beginning is at the side of bag. Do not finish off. Leave attached to begin strap.

Start strap at side of bag. Chain until strap measures 48 inches. Attach strap to opposite side of purse with a Sc. Turn and work back up the chain by working a Sc around the chain until you get back to opposite end of strap handle. Adjust your Sc stitches around chain as needed to provide a smooth strap for your bag. Make sure your strap is not twisted before attaching the strap end to the opposite side of bag. Attach your yarn with a Sl St next to the st where you started the strap. Turn and work Sc back up strap in ea st and with a Sl St next to last st where strap connected. (3 rows completed for strap.)

FO and weave ends under on inside of the bag.

Felt bag as described in above article approx. 16 minutes.

Sew button(s) on purse under buttonhole space after dried completely.

If you have any questions or find discrepancies in this pattern, please email me using contact tab above.

Ch – Chain
FO – Finish Off
Hdc – Half Double Crochet
Sc – Single Crochet
Sl St – Slip Stitch
Sk – Skip
St – Stitch
Rnd – Round

This pattern is copyrighted by Cindy of My Recycled Bags {dot com} and may only be used for private individual use. No commercial sales or use is permitted. Links to this pattern are acceptable. ©2008

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12 Responses to “My First Felted Bag”

  1. Bev
    Mar 16, 2008

    I love the colours, it is so beautifully made!

  2. SewDelish
    Mar 16, 2008

    Hi Cindy

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  3. Mrs.W
    Mar 17, 2008

    Now I think I could do that. I’m not a great crocheter; is it true that your stitches don’t have to be “perfect” to get a nice felted product?

  4. Elena
    Mar 17, 2008

    Hi, I’m doing the rounds of all the winners of the SewDelish guessing competition – Congratulation to you too!
    Ciao for now, Elena 🙂

  5. Cindy
    Mar 17, 2008

    @ Mrs. W:
    I think that is the true beauty of crafting, nothing needs to be perfect. However something turns out is your art. Don’t worry about perfection, have fun and create. And yes after a couple of feltings, you don’t really see the stitches anymore — so go for it!

  6. Mrs.W
    Mar 17, 2008

    That’s really great advice–I look at most of my other ‘crafting’ that way… handmade doesn’t need to be perfect! Thanks for the encouragement. I’ll be on the lookout for wool yarn, now! (And that’s a great reason to hit the thrift shops…)

  7. Lynne
    Mar 17, 2008

    Beautiful – congratulations!

  8. meghnak
    Mar 17, 2008

    Hi Cindy,
    You’ve done so well. We too had to make a woolen stuff for school this year for craft. But I could not do it and made a terrible mess of the needles and wool! Looks like I should have borrowed this wonderful bag from you 😛

  9. windyridge
    Mar 19, 2008

    You did a lovely job!

  10. Cool site! I’ll have to gather up some materials and give one of your projects a shot with my six year old. If it turns out well we will post a picture.

  11. Susanno
    Mar 20, 2008

    Great job Cindy, it seem so soft and lovely. I really love the pattern and the color.
    Double thumb up for you.

  12. ChristineMM
    Jun 17, 2008

    Wow your bag looks great!

    I didn’t know what to do about the handles for my bag. That is soon to be decided. LOL.

    Thanks for stopping by my blog.

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