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« on: April 16, 2010 07:11:59 AM »

I realise this is probably ridulously simple but I made this and I'm really proud of it. I took a strangely misshapen thrift store jumper, felted it in the washing machine and made a simple bag by cutting a curve shape at the top, from armpit to armpit, sewing the bottom shut (I handsewed and sewing machines hate me) and cutting a hole for the handle. I also made gloves from the sleeves (to be posted elsewhere later) posted here: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=354793.0. So here are pics, thanks for looking.


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« Reply #1 on: April 16, 2010 07:47:52 AM »

Nothing wrong with simple. Smiley I think it turned out great.
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« Reply #2 on: April 16, 2010 08:20:24 AM »

I love to felt old sweaters and make new things!  Your bag reminds me very much of Guatamalen bags...very colorful and practical!

the cool thing about felting is that you don't need to worry about fraying on the handles and you don't have to line it if you don't want!

I love simple, too!
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« Reply #3 on: April 16, 2010 08:39:40 AM »

I think you did that sweater a great favor. I don't have hot water to my washing machine, do you think I could do that stove top?
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« Reply #4 on: April 16, 2010 09:41:45 AM »

That is so cool! So simple yet so pretty.
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« Reply #5 on: April 16, 2010 10:00:09 AM »

I love it! I want to learn to felt
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Charming! I never would have thought of that.
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« Reply #7 on: April 16, 2010 06:43:26 PM »

I've always thought deliberately felting sweaters seemed like a dumb idea (though this may result from a disastrous incident with six pairs of wool flannel trousers when I was young and remarkably stupid...) but I take it all back after seeing that bag. Lovesclutter is right, you did the sweater a favour (a mercy felting) and the resulting bag hits exactly the right combination of weird, cute and beautiful for my taste.

I'm curious - how much did it shrink, and how thick is it after felting?

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« Reply #8 on: April 17, 2010 03:11:28 AM »

Thanks for the compliments.

I'm curious - how much did it shrink, and how thick is it after felting?

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It shrank quite a bit. originally I was planning to still make it wearable but it was a comfortable fit before felting, so after shrinking it was way too small. I'd say it shrank about a third of its original size.

The thickness didn't change too much, in fact it might even be thinner than before felting, but the fabric is now denser and stiffer and the texture has changed.

I think you did that sweater a great favor. I don't have hot water to my washing machine, do you think I could do that stove top?

I don't thnk it would work on a stove top because you nned the agitation of a washing machine, as well as the heat to fuse the fibres. But I'm pretty new to felting, maybe someone with more experience will have a better answer.

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« Reply #9 on: April 17, 2010 07:10:09 AM »

So, maybe if I used a wooden spoon and kept it moving it may work? I may try that if I can find a wool sweater.
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