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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


  1. Absolutely stunning! I love it!

  2. OMG, that is gorgeous. I would buy it in a heartbeat, except I could never afford what you'd have to charge for all the work in it. It makes me think of Vincent Van Gogh's Starry Night.

    PS - thanks for stopping by my blog! The postcard swap was fun and I'd love to do it again. Didn't Kat say she was going to try it again this year?

  3. IT's beautiful. Now you need somewhere special to go to use it.

  4. This is absolutely amazing, the the jewel colours are beautiful as is the beading.

  5.'s a work of art!! I really admire all of your embellishment!
    (I tend to be quite lazy in that regard, but I think it makes all the difference in the world!!) Congratulations on a lovely finished bag!

  6. Oh, love it!!! And i also find lime my 'go to' default color :-)


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