Felted Bag Pattern

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striped felted bag

Ever since I made this pretty little felted purse for my daughter, I have been wanting to make a felted bag for myself. So I headed to my local yarn store and bought some yummy wool yarn.
 

You can work up this bag all in one color or use a few colors to make a random stripe pattern as I have done here.

Felted Bag

Here’s what you need:

  • Cascade 220 worsted weight wool yarn (not Superwash)
  • H hook / 5 m
  • Tapestry needle, toggle or button for closure

Click here to reference the Crochet Abbreviations Chart.

Before felting, bag measures approximately 15 in. high and 14½ in. wide, with 38 in. straps.

 

Bag

Ch 40 (counts as 37 chains and 1st dc of Round 1).

Round 1: Work 4 dc in 4th chain from hook, 1 dc in each of the next 35 ch, 5 dc in last; working on opposite side of chain, 1 dc in each of the next 35 ch, join — 80 sts.

Round 2: Ch 3 (counts as st), work 2 dc in each of the next 3 sts, 1 dc in each of the next 37 sts, 2 dc in each of the next 3 sts, 1 dc in each of the next 37 sts, join — 86 sts.

Round 3: Ch 3 (counts as st), work 1 dc in next, 2 dc in each of the next 4 sts, 1 dc in next 39 sts, 2 dc in each of the next 4 sts, 1 dc in next 37 sts, join — 94 sts.

Round 4: Ch 3 (counts as dc), work 1 dc in next st and each st around, join — 94 sts.

Rounds 5 through 27: Repeat Round 4.

Round 28: Ch 1 (does not count as st), work 1 sc in same st as join and each st around, join — 94 sts.

 

Straps (make 2)

Ch 121.

Row 1: Work 1 sc in 2nd ch from hook and each ch across, turn — 120 sts.

Rows 2 through 5: Ch 1 (does not count as st), work 1 sc in each st across,  turn — 120 sts.

Fasten off, weave in ends.

 

Closure

Ch 30.

Round 1: Work 1 sc in 20th ch from hook and each of the next 8 ch, 3 sc in last ch; working along opposite side of ch, work 1 sc in each of the next 9 ch, work 33 sc in loop, 1 sc in next 9 sts, Sl st to join.

Fasten off, weave in ends.

 

Felting

Next, felt the pieces using one of the methods described in How to Felt (or Full) Your Piece. I prefer to leave the pieces unattached until after felting because I feel like it gives me more control in shaping the pieces.

I just love how the stitches look after they are felted!

Once you’ve felted the pieces and gotten the excess water out, shape them as desired. I stuffed the purse with a folded towel and pinned the straps and closure to a towel to block them into shape. Allow to dry. 

Once dry, sew on your straps and closure as shown. If desired, you can also line your bag with fabric.

 

Enjoy!

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21 Responses to Felted Bag Pattern

  1. Pradeepa February 27, 2013 at 9:41 am #

    Lovely bag! Thanks for the tutorial.

  2. Terry February 27, 2013 at 6:57 pm #

    This is so pretty. Felting is definitely on my (too large) list of things to try.

  3. Elisabeth February 27, 2013 at 3:08 pm #

    Lovely bag! I’ve not tried felting yet but it’s on my to do list because I love how felted accesories look :) Elisabeth x

  4. The Crafty Nana February 27, 2013 at 6:10 pm #

    Thank you for sharing. Your patterns that I have purchased have all turned out well. Now I may have to learn to felt.

  5. Marilyn Clark February 28, 2013 at 12:12 am #

    I’ve knitted/felted a number of bags but I have never done this with crochet… but I am now! Thanks for this great tutorial!

  6. Susan Carlson February 28, 2013 at 2:30 am #

    Very pretty, Kara! Lovely AND useful! My favorite kind of projects!

  7. homeschooljewelrymom February 28, 2013 at 4:45 am #

    Beautiful bag! I’ve never felted before; thank you for sharing :-)

  8. Kadie February 28, 2013 at 4:07 pm #

    Love this! I have only tried felting once and it was a lot of fun to make those stitches go away.:)

  9. Marilyn Clark February 28, 2013 at 5:01 pm #

    I’m trying to decide which yarn I should use for this project! :D

  10. Catina March 6, 2013 at 4:34 am #

    Beautiful color scheme. I haven’t tried felting yet. Lovely.

  11. Sara @ My Merry Messy Life March 11, 2013 at 11:02 pm #

    Love the colors you used, Kara! This is very nice. I have yet to crochet and then felt – I’ve gotta use your tutorials and get on that! Thanks for sharing at Hookin On Hump Day!

  12. Carrie April 5, 2013 at 1:40 pm #

    What a great idea and such a lovely pattern! I featured the bag on my blog this morning at http://whittskitsfabricscrafts.blogspot.com/2013/04/find-it-free-on-friday-totesbags.html and linked directly back to here.

    Thanks for sharing such great ideas!
    Carrie

  13. Anne CROSBY GAUDET April 5, 2013 at 5:17 pm #

    Thank you so much for the great pattern. I did it! And I love how it turned out. I’ve already picked out some wool for another one. I have pics on my blog with a link back to you.

  14. Sue Bordian November 7, 2013 at 10:37 am #

    Thank you for this pattern. I worked it up for a friend in Cascade 220 in two jewel tones and used a large Nordic button as the closure. It’s just beautiful and the friend I made it for is delighted. I’ll be sure to give you full credits when I blog it. Thanks again.

    • Kara November 7, 2013 at 7:44 pm #

      It sounds beautiful!! I can’t wait to see it!

  15. Susan January 13, 2014 at 1:32 pm #

    Hi,
    What was the total yardage for the bag? Thanks.

    • Kara January 14, 2014 at 10:25 pm #

      Hi Susan :) I don’t know the exact yardage … I bought 3 skeins of Cascade 220 (1 in each color) and definitely had a bunch leftover. Hope that helps a little.

  16. cucrochet January 22, 2014 at 12:28 pm #

    Hi, Could you give the finished measurements after felting? I am ready to start this bag, it will be my second felting project.
    Fun!

    • Kara January 24, 2014 at 8:08 am #

      Hello :) Mine came out to about 11 in x 13 after felting but your results may differ depending on type of yarn and how much the piece is felted. Hope that helps!

  17. NANCY March 13, 2014 at 12:50 pm #

    IS THIS DONE IN THE ROUND?

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