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Leftover Yarn Felted Bag


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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. BASIC SKILLS NECESSARY Basic crochet skills. Will learn half double crochet (hdc) stitch and how to wet felt GAUGE 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. PREFERRED BRAND/YARN Cascade 220

Supplies Needed

  • 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

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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, and wet felting techniques to create unique works of art. Kay blogs about her craft at She says, "I learned to crochet, knit and sew at my mother's knee. She could do it all from sewing to tatting, crochet, knitting, embroidery. I learned to knit when I was about 6 or 7 and just never stopped learning new crafts and techniques."