View Full Version : Semi FO: Felted Tote - Updated pictures on page 2!

06-22-2008, 01:03 PM
Hey all! I wanted to try out felting, so I decided to make a little tote for my two-year old niece. I'm calling this semi-finished because I still want to find a pattern for some little flowers to attach somewhere to girly it up even more. I'm also a little worried about the handle getting stretch out but I haven't figured out what to do about it. Any suggestions?

Pattern: Mini skull tote - http://www.helloyarn.com/miniskulltote.htm

I followed this pattern, but instead of making the skull, I did stripes on the body of the tote. I did three rows of each color, but if I ever do this pattern again I will probably do thicker stripes. The colors of the yarn sort melded together during felting because the stripes were so thin. I think I also inadvertently made my tote a little taller than the pattern called for.

When I felted, I just threw the purse in a mesh bag and ran it through a hot wash cycle (I let it spin in the washer and everything). I basically wanted the bag as small as possible since my niece is pretty tiny (almost 2). I turned out fine though.

Yarn: Cascade 220 100% wool - I used the Heathers for the pink, purple and green, and then plain color brown and ivory. I have a LOT of cascade 220 wool left now. :)

Needles: Size 10 straight needles. This particular pattern calls for knitting the tote flat and then sewing up the side. This was good for me since I didn't have any size 10 circulars, but I'd probably get some if I do it again. I do think that stripes are a good medium to practice mattress stitch on.

Here's a picture of the tote before felting, measuring about 11 x 11 (if you don't count the bottom of the bag):

And here's the finished product! It measures about 8" square (ish), but it looks much more petite than that in person for some reason.

06-22-2008, 01:18 PM
Ooh, I love that! Great colors and I love the shape. Lucky little girl!

06-22-2008, 03:53 PM



Here is some links to some flower patterns I saw posted on the may kAL

I love your bag. it is so pretty.

06-22-2008, 06:32 PM
Very cute!

06-22-2008, 07:16 PM
Thanks everyone! Karina, thanks for the links to the flower patterns!

06-22-2008, 07:37 PM
You did an excellent job. It came out really nice.

06-23-2008, 02:17 PM
Oh that is so cute, I love the colors, and the shape is really adorable.

06-24-2008, 08:09 AM
It turned out beautiful!! Flowers will be the perfect finishing touch!

06-24-2008, 09:05 AM
That is REALLY cute!!! I love the colors, and the shape is perfect!

06-24-2008, 11:49 PM
Thanks again everyone. I'll post updates whenever I get to making and attaching the flowers.

06-25-2008, 12:23 AM
Oh, I'm totally loving it! GREAT job!!!

06-26-2008, 01:09 PM
:woot: What a great job! She will be getting tons of compliments.

06-26-2008, 05:14 PM
She's going to love it! My DGD is almost two, and she loves bags she can put things into.

:hug: Babies!

06-26-2008, 05:18 PM
I love the colors you picked, and it turned out great.
I love felting.

06-26-2008, 10:50 PM
It's so cute! It turned out to be a great shape and I love the colours.

07-08-2008, 02:03 AM
I just wanted post some pictures of the tote with the flowers attached. They turned out super cute!

I used this pattern for the flowers. http://www.headhuggers.org/patterns/flower02k.htm
I followed the entire pattern except for attaching the beads. Instead I made a bobble and sewed that into the center of each flower and then felted them.

The leaf is actually a 'petal' which I had made a long time ago from this pattern: http://www.michaels.com/art/online/projectsheet?pid=e03860&categoryid=32

Here's the pictures of both sides of the purse. I'm thinking about moving the white flower on the second side because I think it needs to be scootched more to edge.

First Side:

Second Side:

The next step is to figure out how to reinforce the handles, and maybe to add a lining to the bag. Now that I've put this much effort into the bag, I want to make sure that it will hold up to a two-year old. Any suggestions about how to reinforce the handle?

07-08-2008, 06:27 AM
I can't help you with the reinforcing of the handles. Just wanted to tell you this bag is getting cuter and cuter by the minute. I hope it will last her years because even as a teenager she would want this bag. I want this bag. Love it.

07-08-2008, 06:49 AM
It just keeps getting cuter. Love the flowers.

sue in canada
07-08-2008, 08:00 AM
That is adorable. Love the flowers.

07-08-2008, 06:40 PM
Thanks everyone! The flowers were really fun and easy to add on to the bag. I'm starting to like it a lot too, so I'm getting more worried about how to make sure that the handles can stand up to some wear and tear. I thought of maybe sewing a ribbon on the inside of the bag? Or just using thread and stitching around the handle edges to prevent them from stretching? I have no idea...

07-08-2008, 07:24 PM
Super cute bag!! She's going to love it.

Someone once suggested to me, when I was complaining of a bag handle that had stretched, to sew some clear fishing line into the handle. She said her handles never stretch when she does that.

07-09-2008, 11:36 AM
I'm not 2, but can I may one for myself ? HOW CUTE ! I really hate carrying a purse, but I find that I do kind of like carrying around all my felted bags I make b/c at least then if someone compliments it I can say - thanks I made it : )

07-10-2008, 08:56 AM
aww how sweet! She is going to love it :yay: