Felted Wristlet, Lined with Needle Felted Retro Design


felted wristletwithneedlefelting

I was having fun making the quilted wristlets and decided to sew one instead of trying to write up a knitted pattern and sew it together before felting. I had fun making this. The finished bag is 9 inches wide by 7 inches tall. It is lined with a grey black and white fabric. To make this I took one ball of Paton’s classic wool in gray .(3.5 ounces) I cast on 30-30 on the bulky machine and then knitted until I almost ran out leaving enough to cast off. I used loosest mast tension and tension 9 to knit. I felted it in the washing machine and came out with a piece of wool about 10 to 11 inches wide  and  about 15 or 16 inches in length. I cut two inches off of side to use for the strap. The other piece was used for the body of the bag. I used a rotary cutter to square it up. I love the way the zippers are done on the quilted wristlets and I decided to do it the same way on the bag. What a breeze to do. It is easy when the zipper is not at the top for opening.  I did not top stitch since I don’t like the way the stitching looks and it is hard to sew in a straight line on felted fabric. I had the lining together with the fabric when I sewed in the zipper. I needle felted a retro design that I purchased from the  web site Dreamstime  before sewing the side seams. The only thing I did not like is that  after you have the zipper in you turn it inside out and sew the side seams with right sides together. That means that you see the raw edges on the inside. To remedy that, I took a 1&1/2 inch piece of lining fabric and cut it the height of the seam. I folded it in half lengthwise and pressed it. Then I opened it up and folded each raw edge of the material to the fold line and ironed it. I enclosed the side seams in by folding it over the seam and top stitching. The inside looks nicely finished.  The handle is a cut piece of wool and it looked unfinished as a strap and I did not want rope handle. I just took black wool yarn and overcast up and down both sides of the strap. I know a lot of you are not into felting and sewing and this is a lot of work. If you want the directions for the zipper just go to you tube and look up quilted Zipper bag and you will find a lot of tutorials. I can’t find the link for the pattern that I have that shows it step by step.

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