This is my first felting and it is soooo rewarding. I recommend you crocheters to do try this. I am already starting on my next tote. I promise you, it is addicting.
Before I felted this it measured about 16" tall and about 20" wide. I ran it through 2 cycles on the washer to get it shrunk to the size I was happy with. I just estimated I would loose about 5 to 6 inches in height and loose half the width so that way I could get it close to the size I wanted. It was bigger after the first cycle but not as small as I wanted so I ran it through again to shrink it more. I also used almost boiling water to felt it that I poured in when it started agitation, along with 1 cup baking soda and some laundry detergent.
It took me about 2 days to crochet it and that was working off and on through the day. It was worth it!!!!
I finished it yesterday and already have 4 people asking me to make them one....
Thanks all of you so much for your nice compliments and suggestions on the lining.....I was thinking that if I add a lining it will take away from the felting but was not sure.