Felted Bag

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Introduction: Felted Bag

Here are instructions on how to make your very own felted/fulled bag. For those of you who aren't familiar with the term "fulled", it's basically shrinking wool. You know that sweater you accidently shrunk in the wash? You fulled it.

Step 1: Knit 2 Circles

Loosely kint your piece. You can make whatever shape you'd like - I chose a circle. I used a medium weight 100% wool yarn and size 10 needles.

Step 2: Full Baby, Full!

In the smallest cycle possible, and in hot hot water, with 1 or 2 tablespoons of dish soap, drop your bag in. You should put your piece in a pillowcase. Though I haven't had problems clogging up my machine, others may have. Better to be safe than sorry - use a pillowcase. Check on the bag every 10 minutes to make sure it doesn't overfelt. Don't let it run through the spin cycle because it will cause permanent creases.

Step 3: Shape It

After about 2 cycles, this is the result. Pull the bag into shape and roll it out on a towel. It's now about 14" in diameter. See my felted ball too?

Step 4: Stuff It

Stuff the bag with plastic bags to give the it a rounded shape when it dries.

Step 5: Stuff It Good

It may take a few days to fully dry. I put this guy out in the sun on the second day, and it was good to go!

Step 6: Ta Da!

Cut a slit 2" down from the top of the bag. Instant handles! Now you're ready to show off your creation. Enjoy!

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    Would it be possible to make a wallet instead of a bag?

    I sent you a message through revelry as well. I love the colorful ruffled circular bags featured on revelry. Do you have instructions or a pattern for those?

    I have made a pouch size piece and sewed it inside the bag ... but after I washed the bag, you can see from the outside the outline of the pouch. Does anyone here know how I can sew the pouch without showing the outline???

    Yes, can you share this pattern. It is list as "free" on Raverly.com
    I really like, and would like to try it. Im new to felting, an thought this purse seemed faily easy to start with.

    Thank you

    Could you share the pattern you used for the circular bag?

    I don't know how to knit, but have a big, wool sweater I'm about to donate to my cat. After seeing your instructable, I bet it would make a great bag. Is there a way I can sew a shape (say a circle since yours is so cute) and turn it into a bag without risking it coming unraveled when I cut it? 

    This may be stupid to ask, but.... how did you make the felted ball????? i've always wanted to do felted jewelry :(
    and another lame question... does it HAVE to be done in a machine? can't it be washed by hand?

    thanks ^_^

     I take it you knitted the two circles together/ how did you get them together to make a bag?

    An inexpensive way to get 100% wool yarn is to un-weave old sweaters and re-use/re-purpose that yarn.  The yarn can be a little kinky, but great, especially for felting projects.   I found a really ugly bad 80's style cashmere sweater at a the Goodwill for $2.99 and made a really soft and lovely scarf.  Would make a great "green" Christmas gift.