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JillBoBill
« on: March 04, 2008 07:52:03 AM »

I hope this is in the right place, if it's not, I'm sorry!


I got a messenger bag a while back from a friend of mine - it's actually crocheted, but I'm not sure if it really matters when it comes to shrinking it. I bought the yarn (it was Sugar And Cream, 100% cotton, http://www.dickblick.com/zz652/36/) and she made the bag. Except it's gigantic. I mean, huge. And the loops are very loose, since she used a big needle/hook, so it's all saggy and .. well, loose.

I tried washing it once in hot water and then putting it in the dryer to see if it got any smaller, but it didn't seem like it did. I know you're usually supposed to shrink/felt wool, but can you do it to cotton? I really like the shape of the bag and all, but it's just too big to be manageable.

Any suggestions? Thanks!
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soozeq
« Reply #1 on: March 04, 2008 08:07:31 AM »

Nope, cotton won't felt. Since it didn't shrink (you might want to run it through the hot wash and dryer a couple times) about the only way to make it smaller would be to seam it up where you want it smaller and cut.
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« Reply #2 on: March 05, 2008 04:52:53 PM »

Cotton won't felt...  it might shrink slightly in the same way that jeans can, but it definately won't felt, and won't even shrink all that much.
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« Reply #3 on: March 06, 2008 01:20:52 AM »

Cotton won't felt...  it might shrink slightly in the same way that jeans can, but it definately won't felt, and won't even shrink all that much.

you mean my jeans didn't shrink _that_ much? *starts a diet*  Grin
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« Reply #4 on: March 06, 2008 05:01:58 AM »

Bummer - thanks guys!
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« Reply #5 on: March 06, 2008 06:39:29 AM »

Jeans shrink in the wash, but then stretch out when you wear them... a little.
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« Reply #6 on: March 06, 2008 06:50:32 AM »

Can you line it to give it more structure?
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« Reply #7 on: March 06, 2008 07:17:56 AM »

I could, I guess. It's just a VERY open sort of knit/stitch. I really sort of wanted that felted look, how it's more cohesive and looks more like fabric. I'll figure something out -- thanks, guys!
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