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.
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.
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.
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.
I-cords can be knit, or even crocheted.
How to Crochet an I-Cord (right and left handed directions)
And one more little nugget for you.
Take the Wet Felting Purse Class at Alpaca Meadows!