Knitted bags and purses have been around a long time and you always see them offered at craft shows. But really they are not super practical when it comes to wear and tear or putting heavy things in them as the fibers and stitches tend to stretch out of shape after use.
But creating a felted purse simply means knitting the project larger than you would with good 100% wool (you will lose approximately 30% in length and width after felting) and then placing it in the washing machine with hot water and something to agitate it such as jeans or sheets. Check out the video below for a beautiful purse idea with a proper square bottom that really looks nice and sophisticated.
Make sure to use wool and you can get wools that are designed for felting. Patons makes a great line of these wools. See below:
If you love to knit or crochet and had simply run out of ideas for making and selling at craft shows or online, then check out the process of felting and see just how creative you can get. You don't have to make a purse or bag this big or this detailed unless you want to. You can also try small wallets or larger totes and change up the colours. This knit fabric also makes great pillows.
The colours blend well after the process of felting. You can also felt the knitted pieces by hand if you want to have more control over the amount of shrinkage. If you do it by hand then you need to put them in hot water in a sink or bucket and agitate the pieces with a stick or plunger to get the fibers moving. Felting creates a stronger fabric like feel and works beautifully for bags and purses.
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