Felted Purses and Other Great Bags

Enjoy my Pinterest collection of Felted Purses and other Great Bags!


 

See my blog post on Wet Felting Purse Tips or take a Wet Felting Purse Class at Alpaca Meadows!  If there is not one scheduled, gather a few friends, contact me and together we’ll schedule a class on a date and time that works for you.

FREE Pattern – Alpaca Rug Yarn Purses

Finally, I have written down the pattern, and yardage for purses made from our Suri Alpaca Rug Yarn.  Using a big crochet hook, you’ll be surprised how quickly you can make one of these purses.  Choose one of the three sizes, or any size you want to make a purse.

Alpaca Rug Yarn Purses with Strap

IMG_1065 Medium Rug Yarn Purse with Strap Large Alpaca Rug Purse

Here’s the pattern:

HOOK

US Size S

MATERIALS

Small Purse with Strap (6″ x 2.5″ x 7″) – 25 yards Medium Purse with Strap (12″ x 3.5″ x 10″) – 55 yards Large Bag with Strap (20″ x 12″ x5″) – 115 yards

If you’re lucky, you can reach down inside a bump of rug yarn and find the end. Working from the center keeps the bump from rolling and the yarn is much easier to work with this way.

Center Pull Alpaca Rug Yarn

DIRECTIONS

Make foundation chain of 7 for Small Purse, 10 for Medium Purse, and 15 for Large Bag.

Turn and sc in 2nd chain from hook. Sc around chain increasing one stitch at each end.

2nd Round—Continue to sc around in front loops only.

Crocheting in Front Loops Only

3rd Round—Continue to sc around.

4th and following Rounds—Continue to sc around until desired height is reached.  Medium Purse has 9 rounds, Large Purse has 10 rounds.

Slip stitch into top of last sc from previous round.

Cut yarn and weave in end.

STRAP

Chain stitch to desired length.  Pull through stitch on each side of bag.  Knot.  Weave in ends.  Stitch for reinforcement.

Alpaca Rug Yarn Purse with Handle

Medium Rug Yarn Purse with Handle

Medium Purse/Bag with Handles  (11″ x  6″ x 10.5″) – 60 yards

To make this purse follow the pattern above until Round 7.

8th Round  Sc in next 5 sts, ch 6, skip next 6 sts, sc in next 5 sts, ch 6, skip next 6 sts, sc in next 5 sts. Join.

9th Round   Sc in next 5 sts, 6 sc under the ch 6 sp. Sc in next 5 sts, 6 sc under the ch 6 sp, sc in next 5 sts.  Join and finish off.

Weave in ends.

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Super Bulky Suri Alpaca Yarn

 For a FREE Rug Crochet Pattern, click here.

Wet Felting Purse Tips

I taught two wet felting purse classes recently, and promised I’d share some information, so here it is.  The pictures below are felted purses that I have made.  Almost any size or shape purse can be made this way, love the magic of wet felting!

There are some good tutorials out there, though there are different techniques, and sometimes different tools.

Rosiepink is a wonderful felting site by a mother daughter team, Annie and Lynn, that live on the South Coast of England.  Their instructions on How to Make a Seamless Wet Felted Purse are very good, with pictures too! Urban Stitch Studio also has a Free Felted Purse Tutorial in which they use a baggie to create a resist.

I use a pool noodle cut to a shorter length that is easier to handle, in place of the bamboo mat, but I would guess the bamboo mat works just as well.  I work on a boot mat that I purchased at the Dollar Store, which provides friction to rub your felted piece on enabling the fibers to tangle together.  It also contains the water, which beats laying towels all around my work area like I used to do.  A sponge to sop up excess water on your piece is also a great idea!

For another method of felted purses, see How to Make a Felted Pouch from a Flat Piece of Felt.

If you’re ambitious and want to add a zipper pocket, see How to Make a Felt Purse With an Inside Zipper Pocket.

Felted Purse LiningFelted Purse with Lining

Adding a lining is not difficult.  Many times I use discontinued upholstery samples that I get from a local furniture store.  The following tutorial has some great pictures and can be adapted to felted purses.

Tutorial: Sew A Lining Into A Crocheted Bag

Purse with Bamboo Handles

Purse Handle Idea Braided Handbag Handle

How to Line a Felted Bag

Ideas for adding a strap or handles are many.  Felting a cord is one idea, see Felt Cord/Purse Handle Tutorial.  Making Felt Ropes is a good video if you’re wanting a rope type strap. There even is a board on Pinterest full of purse handle ideas and instructions.  SkaMama’s Bone Hook (I’m sure there’s a good reason for that name) did a blog post with a list of sources for Bag Handles, Straps, and Supplies.  Locally, JoAnn Fabrics has a selection of purse handles.  Purse Straps – Handles for Knit Felt Purses has a number of different options for attaching straps to purses.  And here are directions for How to Install Grommets on a Purse to put a strap through.

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Many times I just cut a small slit in each side of the purse, maybe 3/4″ down from the top, thread an I-cord through the slit, and knot  the cord on the inside of the purse.

Felted Alpaca Purse

I-cords can be knit, or even crocheted.

How to Crochet an I-Cord (right and left handed directions)

How To Knit an I-Cord

                           

 Double Thick Crochet Stitch Makes Great Handbag Handle

And one more little nugget for you.

Recycled Bag Handles Made From Tupperware Plastic Lids

Recycled Bag Handles Made From Tupperware Plastic Lids

Take the Wet Felting Purse Class at Alpaca Meadows!

For inspiration see my Pinterest collection of Felted Purses and Other Great Bags!  For a Purse Felting Kit, click here.

 

 



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