Felted bags finished.

I finished two felt bags, last night. These are for my two big nieces. They may look like simple zippered bags, but they represent months of pondering and indecision. The felt I used was made by shrinking unfinished knitting. It is from my collection of legacy knitting, handed on to me.  This piece felted to about half its original size (and three times as thick), which flummoxed me as I wanted to use it to make two objects. One for each of my big nieces. The finished objects needed to be small.

In the end, I decided to go for a lined, zippered purse. Once the decision was made, the actual purses could not have been simpler to make. My sewing machine did not like the thick felt. So I made an inside out zippered purse out of the lining and then hand sewed the felt around the bag. My machine’s refusal to touch the felt, actually forced me to devise a simpler method.

I wanted the purses to be about the felt, in this case. The bumpy part at the bottom of the purses is the felted cable stitches. I love the effect, but with a purse closed, it still left the whole piece looking glaringly plain. To add a bit of interest, and without distracting from the felt, I added a couple of felt balls and a wisp of rainbow wool roving.

I love the fabric I used for the lining. Look at the cat’s eyes as the sewing machine needle heads its way.

(Oh that wobbly line. My machine did not like the felt!) The lining is sweet. I adore the little mouse chatting to the cat. I’m going to make one for me. It would make me smile to open up my purse and find a whole gaggle of mice and cats chatting away about who knows what.

So the purses are finished and given. I am so glad the felt is no longer sitting in my cupboard, crying out to be used. I watched one of my nieces unconsciously twist the roving around her finger again and again. Irresistible. I’m glad I added it.

10 thoughts on “Felted bags finished.

  • Wednesday 20 April, 2011 at 11:21 pm

    These bags are beautiful, your neices are lucky to have such a clever aunty. I was wondering how any sewing machine would cope with the thickness of the felt. You answered that question for me. 😛 The lining fabric is very cute too.
    Anne xx
    P.S. Happy Easter.

    • Thursday 21 April, 2011 at 8:34 pm

      Oh, my sewing machine did groan! I’m lacking an industrial strength machine, so no choice but to sew the felt by hand. I’m glad I could use the machine to sew the zip to the lining. Happy Easter to you, Anne.

  • Thursday 21 April, 2011 at 7:29 am

    You guys make the cutest things – I love these little bags!!!

    • Thursday 21 April, 2011 at 8:42 pm

      I’m glad you like it. Now I’ve made two, I’m going to be making more of these bags. I’ve ear-marked a felted jumper for a bag for me.

  • Thursday 21 April, 2011 at 9:38 am

    cheryl, i love the bags. and you know what? ive never ever sewn in a zipper.
    i’m a big chicken. 😳

    • Thursday 21 April, 2011 at 8:51 pm

      Zips are not so bad, really. If you’re looking for a first zip project, a zip purse is not a bad place to start. A few of those and you’ll be ready to add one to a dress! 🙂

  • Thursday 21 April, 2011 at 9:56 am

    Those are lovely i love the cat lining fabric that is really cute, dee x

    • Thursday 21 April, 2011 at 8:57 pm

      I love that fabric too. I wish I had bought more of it at the time.

  • Thursday 21 April, 2011 at 2:39 pm

    I like the plain sophisticated exterior combined with a secret fun interior ..they are lovely and the felt bead/roving charms are Great 😀 😀 😀

    I have a feeling the sincerest form of flattery is in danger of occurring 😆

    • Thursday 21 April, 2011 at 9:07 pm

      Hee, hee! I hadn’t thought of it like that, but you are right. They kind of evolved as I went along. Glad you like them. Oh and the sincerest form of flattery is my very favourite form of flattery! 🙂

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