Make a Needle-Felted Pouchcomments (2) November 14th, 2016
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.
- Felted sweater pieces
- Rotary cutter and cutting mat (optional)
- 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.
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!
When your entire design is complete, give it a good once over with your felting tool to tack all the fibers firmly in place.
Position your zipper at the top of the bag and pin in place.
Sew in the zipper, making sure that your seam is close to the "teeth" to avoid having too much of the zipper exposed. Repeat on the other side of the zipper. A machine with a zipper foot makes this step accurate, but a plain old needle and thread would also do the trick.
Turn inside out and sew up the side seams close to the ends of the zipper.
Trim the seams to reduce bulk, and you will have a cozy caddie for all your odds and ends. Betcha' can't make just one!
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