Felted Tote Bag

What you will need

  • 100% wool sweater that I felted

Q&A with Christine F.

dawn1959 asked:
i love it and am stealing the idea it's got the look of elegance and expense
Christine F. answered:
Thanks for your nice comment! After you use the decorative machine stitching, you might want to press the fabric with the iron to make it completely flat. Also, I used the decorative stitching to sew the handles together, but would not do so again the next time around. Have fun!
angeladee asked:
What was it you did not like about using your machine decorative stitches around the handle? Btw, it's a beautiful bag? I'm just finishing my first one and it seems to need something more where I have stitched the flap to the back of the bag. Your machine decorative stitching might be a good idea for making the join look better.
Christine F. answered:
The reason the decorative stitches around the handles didn't look as good as that the two layers of fabric (at the handles) were moving a bit, so the stitching didn't come out looking uniform. Next time I would sew them together using a regular straight stitch.
Shoestring asked:
This is a beautiful bag. Love the color. It looks so soft. I especially love the contrasting stitches. Congratulations. Lovely work.
Christine F. answered:
Thanks for your nice comment!
Christine F. answered:
Thanks so much!
Pamela Marques asked:
What does the inside look like? Is it lined?
Christine F. answered:
Pamela, this bag was made as part of the class "project up cycle: thrifty sewing projects" and did not call for a lining in the bag. However, if I were to do the project again to create a purse I intend to use a lot, then I would line it.

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