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fabulous felted bags part two

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After checking the bags multiple times while washing, I finally let them go through the full wash cycle. After it finished, I was quite surprised by how much they actually felted. I've felted bags in warm water, not hot before, and what a difference the temp really does make!

After felting measurements:

All bags made with a J hook (I read somewhere you are supposed to have a loose knitting gauge when planning on felting, so why not crocheting??)

Rectangle Bag: Bottom width: 5" Top width: 4.25"
Height: 9.5" (i.e. it felted HIGHER!!)

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Chain desired length for bag. Sc in 2nd ch from hook, sc in every chain around. SC in cont rounds for desired height. Fold bag flat, find the middle spot where your drawstring will go & mark space. Sc around, ch 2 at your marker, and skip sc. SC around for 2 more rows, making 2 sc in your ch 2 space. Sl st in last sc, end off, weave in ends. Ch HALF of desired length of drawstring, sl stitch inside of bag on opposite side of ch 2 space, ch finished desired length.

strap: Sl st on side of bag, ch desired size. Sl st on opposite side of bag, sl st in each ch across, sl stitch bag on side of bag. End off, weave in ends.

Cell Phone Bag: 2.75" wide, 6.75" high (i.e. felted higher!)

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Ch desired length for bag. SC in 2nd ch from hook, sc in every ch around. Sc in cont rounds for desired height. Drawstring round: sc, *ch 1, skip sc, sc in next sc, rep around. Work 2 more rounds sc. Make desired drawstring.

Ditty bag: 3.66" at widest, 5" high (i.e. felted slightly higher)

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Ch 2, 6 sc in 2nd ch from hook. 2 sc in every sc around. 2sc, 1 sc in next sc, rep around. 2 sc, 1 sc in next 2 sc, rep around. Inc in pattern until desired size, and then work even in sc for desired height.

Drawstring round: sc, *ch 1, skip sc, sc in next sc, rep around. Work 2 more rounds sc. Make desired drawstring.

Mini drawstring bag: 4" wide, 8.5" high (you guessed it... felted higher)



Made as for ditty bag, but drawstring round is dc, ch 1 around. Drawstring is made same, but sc across, instead of sl stitch across.

It's quite bizarre how the bags all got taller, but shrunk width wise.

This is the kool aide dyed felted bag - the first one I made. I washed in warm water the first time & it definitely felted, but didn't become quite as solid as the second washing in hot water.
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Your kool-aid dyed bag is so pretty. What a neat thing to do!

Have a blessed day!
Debi

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