Make a Needle-Felted Pouch

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Tina_Hilton Tina Hilton, contributor
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A needle-felted gadget bag will be the envy of all your knitting buds.
The dimensions were 7 inches wide by 9 inches long.
Whether you lay your design on paper first or freehand with the yarn, make sure you leave enough space to fill in with the colorful roving.
A needle-felted gadget bag will be the envy of all your knitting buds.

A needle-felted gadget bag will be the envy of all your knitting buds.

Photo: Tina Hilton

A felted thrift-store sweater is the perfect raw material for all kinds of bags from huge totes to chic little accessory bags and everything in between.

Supplies

  • Felted sweater pieces
  • Scissors
  • Rotary cutter and cutting mat (optional)
  • Ruler
  • Tape measure
  • Upholstery foam or Styrofoam block
  • Scrap yarn, 100% wool
  • Felting needle and/or needle-felting tool
  • Wool roving (unspun wool fibers)
  • Straight pins
  • Zipper sized to fit the bag (I used a 5-inch zipper)
  • Thread to match sweater
  • Sewing machine (this can be hand-sewn if a machine is not available)

Step by Step Tutorial

Cut out the size pouch desired from the prefelted sweater with your rotary cutter or scissors. My starting point was 7 inches by 9 inches. An unfelted sweater will work okay, but felted wool will give you a durable, firm fabric that will safely hold all your goodies without stretching out.

Make a Needle-Felted Pouch
The dimensions were 7 inches wide by 9 inches long.

Position the felt material on the foam, then lay out some yarn in your design and poke it in position with a felting needle. Be VERY careful with your felting needles. They are treacherously sharp and will hurt when jabbed into your unsuspecting finger. Yes, I know from experience!

Make a Needle-Felted Pouch
Whether you lay your design on paper first or freehand with the yarn, make sure you leave enough space to fill in with the colorful roving.

When your entire design is complete, give it a good once over with your felting tool to tack all the fibers firmly in place.

Make a Needle-Felted Pouch
Clover makes a great felting tool that is widely available at knitting and craft stores.

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posted in: Needle felted bag, recycled sweater project, zippered felt pouch

Comments (5)

MAnderson99 writes: I love the colours in this one. Amazing job!
Posted: 4:32 am on November 23rd
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Posted: 10:13 am on November 22nd
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Posted: 2:15 am on November 21st
gardenuh writes: I like the way you outlined your design with the twisted yarn and then filled in with the roving. I've neve4r thought of doing a design your way. The bag looks great! Thanks for sharing it.
Posted: 4:24 pm on May 17th
Sweet_Dee writes: Smart!
Posted: 1:53 am on April 1st
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