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Topic: Help -- Ideas for Too-Small Felted Purse  (Read 3339 times)
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« on: August 30, 2008 12:08:15 PM »

I'd like to solicit advice for what I should do with my too-small felted purse. This is the Berroco Dot pattern it was supposed to be.


I actually made it last summer, but stuffed it into the bottom of my stash because it came out too skinny after I felted it. The pattern called for 14" high and 25" around. Mine is 13" high, but only 14" around.

I would welcome creative ideas of what to do with it. I haven't been able to find the right leather strap, and I feel that it is too skinny anyway. I guess I could knit and felt an i-cord, but I really liked the contrast of the leather when I started the project. I thought that I could sew some elastic into it and slip my knitting needles in, but I feel that there must be something better out there for salvaging it, as I do like the color scheme.

As you can tell I'm in a rut about what to do with this.  Undecided

As an avid fan of craftster creativity, I'd like to toss it out there for help. Here are two photos -- one standing and one flat.

Thanks for any help.


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« Reply #1 on: August 30, 2008 12:23:14 PM »

it may be a bit odd, but I can totally see it as a hanging vase! Roll Eyes  Or even as a standing vase.  I love the colours, and I hope you find something to do with it!

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« Reply #2 on: August 30, 2008 12:45:12 PM »

That is adorable! I love the colors too. Great pattern.
« Reply #3 on: August 30, 2008 12:46:24 PM »

I agree with byonic_girl!  When I saw it, I thought it looked like a vase!

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« Reply #4 on: August 30, 2008 12:58:13 PM »

You could try and reinforce it with wire on the inside to make it a standing vase.

« Reply #5 on: August 30, 2008 02:39:33 PM »

It's beautiful even if it's not what you were going for. My first thought is to make it a trash can, but I'd hate to see it ruined by some one throwing gum away or something. So what about a trash can cover?
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« Reply #6 on: August 30, 2008 03:48:32 PM »

Personally, I'm a huge fan of pouches.  I could see that being easily transformed into two different little coin/etc. pouches. 
The top half could be cut off, and the bottom could be sewn shut, and a zipper sewn into the top. 
The bottom half could be a little drawstring satchel if you wove some cord from the outside to the inside around the top. . . if that makes any sense to you. . .and it could be pulled closed, like a drawstring bag. 

Whatever you do, don't let all that hard knitting work go to waste!  I'm sure you'll find something awesome to do with it!

« Reply #7 on: August 30, 2008 04:20:36 PM »

I'm not really sure how felting works, so I don't even know if you can chop it up, but if you can... What if you cut it off so you have a small purse and attach two shorter leather handles to it, rather than a long leather strap? Then you could make the piece you cut off into a matching wallet or change purse, or even a phone or iPod cozy.

It is very pretty, though, and it has definite potential as *something.* Don't worry, you'll find the right use for it. Smiley

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« Reply #8 on: August 30, 2008 04:45:34 PM »


Thermos flask cover?

Storage for straight needles, long candles, wooden cooking spoons...Huh

I also think it would make the perfect hiding place/den for a small pet, if you know anyone who keeps rats, guineapigs or something but that may not be exactly what you have in mind..


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« Reply #9 on: August 30, 2008 05:17:56 PM »

I think it would look great to fit a container of some type (jar, glass, whatever) into the bottom and use it as a vase for fresh or dried flowers.
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