View Full Version : Booga Bag - I'm trying!

03-09-2006, 05:20 PM
I've decided to jump on the felting bandwagon, and try to make a Booga Bag. I keep hearing about felted bags everywhere I go, so I may as well see what all the fuss is about. ;)

I'm using a vintage wool yarn that I won in a 60's poncho kit on eBay for about 2 dollars. I just hope the yarn will felt. If not, it will still make a nice knitted bag. I will have to fix that one stitch where I changed colors after I'm done. It will be easy to do when I re-tie that spot.

Here's the poncho kit photo: http://www.flickr.com/photos/59646927@N00/47977726/in/set-1808355/

I don't really care for the colors, but I'm sure I'll be able to give it to my Mom or one of my step-daughters.

03-09-2006, 05:23 PM
Awesome colors!!! :thumbsup: :cheering:

03-09-2006, 05:46 PM
looks good so far! and you'll get hooked on felting, I know I did!

03-09-2006, 06:31 PM
:happydance: Oh Ya - that'll felt up great - nice choice of colors!

:XX: Shelley
Country Variety Yarn Shop

03-09-2006, 06:52 PM
Wow, what a great deal -- all that yarn for $2!!!! It will make a really pretty bag!

03-09-2006, 10:15 PM
Thanks, my friends! You guys are always great at encouraging my feeble attempts.

I'm especially proud of finding that yarn for just $2.00 total. I love to search eBay for "knitting kits". I'll find great deals, because lots of people don't like the kit. They just aren't thinking about all that yarn! I mean, you don't have to make what the kit designates. You can make anything you want!

This is 17 ounces of 100% wool, and I got it for 2 bucks. You can't beat that. Well, I guess you could if you had a sheep and sheared it yourself. :lol:

03-09-2006, 11:05 PM
If you can raise a sheep for $2, you might get a better deal, but I think you're supposed to feed them. :roflhard:

03-10-2006, 01:46 AM
Great find - that's an incredible price for all that yarn! Can't wait to see the finished bag - maybe yours will inspire me to finally hop on the booga bag bandwagon also. :D

03-10-2006, 08:45 AM
Can't wait to see the finished bag! Im also, getting ready to try my first booga bag, still waiting for my yarn to arrive though :crying:

03-10-2006, 10:44 AM
If you can raise a sheep for $2, you might get a better deal, but I think you're supposed to feed them. :roflhard:

Golly....you mean they EAT? lol :roflhard:

03-11-2006, 02:13 PM
Updated WIP. Here's a photo of my completed knitting for the Booga Bag. (I'm still making the I-cord. I hate to do those!)

The CD is placed on the bag to help you see the size before felting.

03-11-2006, 02:59 PM
Congrats on the bargain and on nearly finishing. I can't wait to see how it felts (I really hope that it felts for you *keeping fingers crossed*).

03-11-2006, 09:11 PM
Lookin good! :thumbsup:

03-14-2006, 08:04 PM
Ok, so here is my finished Booga Bag!

I added the big wood button just for fun. I think it dresses it up quite nicely!

03-14-2006, 08:12 PM
It turned out GREAT!!! I hate doing I-cord as well. I bought a knitting spool to get out of doing it! I find the knitting spool so much faster than i-cord!

03-14-2006, 08:39 PM
Thank you! I am so surprised to see how nice it turned out. I was "crossing the line" by making it to begin with. The following quote was once typed on my blog, "I REFUSE to Felt!" (famous last words....)

03-15-2006, 08:32 AM
Turned out great! The button is a really nice touch as well.

03-15-2006, 09:11 AM
:cheering: Perfect shaping. Love the colors! That turned out wonderful!

03-15-2006, 09:43 AM
The finished bag is beautiful!

When I saw your first picture, I first thought was,
"What a waste of such perfect tension, to be felted."

So now you have a hundred dollar bag.
What will you make with the rest of the (spectactual bargain) yarn.

03-15-2006, 02:45 PM
Awww. You guys are making me blush! :blush: I am sooooooo proud of this pretty felted purse.

Lana, I'm not sure what I'm going to make with the leftover yarn. I think I might have enough to make another booga bag! :happydance:

Or, I might make the matching coin purse.

03-16-2006, 05:14 PM
That color combo is so pretty and the button is a special finishing touch. What did you use to block it? It came out just perfect.

03-16-2006, 07:11 PM
Thanks TamaraKnits! Your compliments make me so proud!

I blocked the bag with a box that holds 12 canned drinks. Not the long kind that dispenses cans in your fridge - the other type.

The box measures 10 1/2 inches by 7 3/4 inches, and it's 4 3/4 inches deep. I pulled the bag down one end, and kept pulling until it fit. It was a very tight fit, but stretched out the bag the way I wanted.

03-21-2006, 12:43 AM
It looks awesome!

03-21-2006, 01:01 AM
It turned out great!!

03-21-2006, 10:12 AM
Thank you, my friends!

I took the Booga Bag with me this weekend when we went to see my husband's new granddaughter. When his daughter saw the bag, she really liked it, so I gave it to her! His other daughter wants one now too, so I guess I'll have to get back on that Booga Bandwagon again. :lol:

03-21-2006, 01:25 PM
:cheering: :cheering: Great Looking Booga :happydance: :happydance: