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Kay Stephenson is a freelance writer and fiber artist living in Atlanta, Ga with her husband, Mark, and her dog, Lady. Working in several fiber related craft areas, she combines quilting, crochet, ...

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Leftover Yarn Felted Bag

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(4) Name: 'Crocheting : Leftover Yarn Felted Bag
Leftover Yarn Felted Bag
Leftover Yarn Felted Bag
Leftover Yarn Felted Bag
Leftover Yarn Felted Bag
Leftover Yarn Felted Bag

Basic Skills Necessary:

  • Basic crochet skills.
  • Will learn half double crochet (hdc) stitch and how to wet felt

Pattern Description:

Looking for something really unusual to carry as a handbag or small project bag? Have lots of 1/2 balls of yarn lying around from finished projects. Then this pattern is for you.
When I started this project I had less than one skein of six different colors of the same yarn weight and fiber content (all Peruvian Highland wool, which felts beautifully), and the prospect of a long flight in front of me. I just started crocheting and when the woman sitting next to me asked what I was making, I honestly said, "I have no idea, probably a scarf". This bag is the end result. I crocheted it, switching yarn colors pretty randomly, and then wet felted it lightly to make a denser fabric. Without a lining or handles to fuss with, this is a really simple project that only requires those skills.
One unique feature of the bag is the mbius strip strap. However, if you want a straightforward strap, the instructions for that are also included in the pattern. I added purse feet and a magnet snap closure (hidden by the decorative button) to finish it off.


14 stitches and 11 rows hdc = 4 x 4 inch square.
Felted = 3 x 3 1/2 inch square.

Sizing / Finished Measurements:

  • 12 inches wide x 8 inches tall by 4 inches deep with a 2 1/2 by 4 1/2 inch flap. The shoulder strap drop is approximately 15 inches.


  • Approximately 3- 4 skeins (100 gram) worsted weight wool
  • I used all Cascade 220. Just make sure the yarn you select is all wool and not superwash. Superwash does not felt.
  • The idea is to use up bits and pieces from another project, which explains the random striping. I had varying amounts of six different colors
  • If you have more or less yarn, you can simply make the bag larger or smaller. The pattern is easy to adapt.
  • Crochet hook US size I/9 (5.5mm)
  • Washing machine (project can be felted in your kitchen sink but using a machine is easier)
  • Sewing gauge or ruler
  • Stitch markers

You Will Also Need:

  • 14mm purse feet (set of four), one magnetic snap closure, one decorative button.
  • . I used feet and snap from Clover Bag's & totes accessories line, but you may find other brands at your local yarn, fabric or craft store.

Preferred Brand/Yarn:

Cascade 220

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