Felted Messenger Bags

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  • I love projects that require no sewing, and this is one of them! Just felt this bag, and attach the strap with no-sew buttons. Voila! You’ve got a new knitting bag, purse, diaper bag…

    Skills Needed

    General knitting skills and felting; intarsia (if doing striped or cross bag).

    Finished Dimensions (felted)

    • Small bag: 8" high × 5" wide
    • Medium bag: 5”high × 9” wide
    • Large bag: 8” high × 12” wide

    Size after felting is approximate, since the felting process depends on a number of factors that can vary widely (temperature of water, amount of agitation, type of soap used, etc.)



    For small bag, 2 skeins Lamb’s Pride Worsted.

    For medium bag, single strand Lamb’s Pride Bulky, 2 skeins main color, 1 skein contrasting color.

    For large bag, 4 skeins Lamb’s Pride Worsted (85% wool, 25% mohair, 113 g, 190 yds) or Cascade 220 (100% wool, 100g, 220 yds) used doubled through-out (2 each color for 2 colored bag) or 3 skeins Lamb’s Pride Bulky ( (85% wool, 25% mohair, 113 g, 125 yds) used single strand (2 skeins mc, 1 skein cc).


    For small bag, one 24" #11 circular needle. For large and medium bags, one 24" #15 circular needle.


    Strap notions are available at a fabric store: 2 yards webbing used for belts or seat belts and 4-6 bachelor or dungaree buttons. 3 metal slides to match the width of your strap. If your webbing is polyester, you can run the ends carefully under a flame to keep them from fraying. If your webbing is cotton, you can use Fray Check or sew the edges. Purse feet are optional.


    Not important since you are felting.


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