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Felted Houndstooth Bag

This bag is made from wool coating that I felted myself by machine washing in hottest water and drying on high heat in the dryer. The pattern is my own original design. I used hand dyed wools to make the applique and three dimensional flower. They were steam a seamed down first and then blanket stitched by hand to the bag. I left the seam allowances raw and on the outside except on the cuff where they are on the inside. To prevent stretch on the strip I made a “ribbon” of silk lining fabric and steam a seam and stitched it to the bottom of the strap.


The lining is silk crepe de chine which is fused to weft insertion interfacing. I do that with most of my linings for bags. It gives it just a little more body and helps the lining fit the bag better by making it fit more snuggly to the inside of the bag. I don’t like “bubbly” linings that want to move around and bag out.


I love working with felted wool and hope to do a few more projects before winter settles into spring.


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    Mahogany_Stylist | | #1

    Lovely bag. Thanks for sharing the details about how it's made.

  2. threadsquare | | #2

    Love this! Total sucker for houndstooth. Thanks for the tip about the lining. I just picked up a felted clutch that I never finished, and now want to redo the lining :)

  3. Stormee | | #3

    Cute purse. I always liked that hounds tooth pattern.

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    MsDeborah | | #4

    Adorable purse. Love the lining and the rose. It has reminded me of a little piece of houndstooth that I have hanging in my closet. It looks like I will have to pull it out for my next project.

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    merrivet | | #5

    I too love this bag, and would love to make one from an old felted wool coat in my stash.
    Could you clarify what you mean by this part of your description please?
    " To prevent stretch on the strip I made a "ribbon" of silk lining fabric and steam a seam and stitched it to the bottom of the strap"
    Is the purse strap felted on one side and lining on the other, or is there a short section of your lining ribbon attached somehow to where the strap joins the bag?


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