Beaded Felt Bag ReDux
|One side of the finished bag. Oddly enough choosing a zipper for this bag was one of the most difficult things - nothing looked a hundred percent 'right'. When in doubt - choose lime!|
It seems that a lot of people I know are are using the gloom of winter days to finish projects. I've been rethinking my felted bags lately - considering how to simplify my process so that I can try to sell them. At present just the handle takes me 2-3 hours and no one will pay for that I know! I had not planned to hop on the 'finish wagon' until I walked by this heavily beaded quilted felt wall hanging that I had made a couple of years ago.
Honestly, it did nothing for me as it hung on the wall. It was too small, at 9" X 12", to make any impact . I had just thought about how much I enjoy using the knitting bag I made and, as I walked past this, I thought about what a great knitting notions bag it would make. I took it down from the wall, washed it in the machine and set about making it into a bag. The size is decent although I could not add the gusset I wanted because of the heavy beading. My hands were really aching when I finally finished it! Aside from being used as a notions bag it will also make a fine small purse. I lined it with a magenta bali batik fabric and added two pockets to the lining- so it will hold a check book and a few essentials- lip balm, phone etc.
I'm happy that I landed on the 'finish wagon', or in my case, the 're-make wagon'!.
|This is the other side with a beaded fringe at the top.|
|Detail of side 1 showing the braided handle|
|Detail of the fringe beading on the top of side 2|
|Detail of beading on side 2|