A felted crochet fat bag is finally done

I don’t know what I had been expecting when I put the finishing touches on this bag, but after all the time it took to bring this piece to fruition, I supposed I was thinking it would be something a bit more momentous than walking the dog,

But after the time I spent struggling to thread the felted pieces through the imperceptible holes that were left by the strands of plastic I had threaded through the edging in two places, the truth is that both the dog and I were ready for a walk.

The first part of the finishing was deceptively quick.

I got out my scissors and snipped the threads that I had used to keep the chain I had threaded through the end of the hyperbolic tassel in place so that the pieces would felt as a unit:

Felted crochet chain with threads to be trimmed
Felted crochet chain with threads to be trimmed

After using some sharply pointed tweezers that I have to dig out the remnants of the thread, I removed the plastic strips I had woven through the areas where the tie and closure would be attached.

This created four v-e-r-y small holes, and these holes were integral to my plan to attach the closure:

A plastic tie that went through the crochet before felting
A plastic tie that went through the crochet before felting

Using a coilless safety pin attached to the end of the felted chain that would serve as the tie:

The felted crochet chain
The felted crochet chain for the tie closure

I threaded it through the barely perceptible (emphasis on barely) holes that had been left from the plastic strips, and after wrestling with all of the pieces a bit, I finally managed to get everything in place.

Here is the view of the back:

bow tie closure of a felted crochet granny square bag
The bow tie closure for the felted crochet granny square bag

and here is the view of the front:

felted crochet granny square bag
The front of the finished felted crochet granny square bag

If I were to make this bag a second time, I would do some things differently.

I would work through either the back or front loop only so that the resulting fabric would be less dense and more malleable, I would double the plastic strands so that the holes would be imperceptible rather than almost invisible, and if I were in a hurry, I would use a merino wool which felts more quickly (but doesn’t have the same sheen).

But for now, I am done with this bag, and I will move onto whatever is next, plying my craft one stitch at a time.

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3 thoughts on “A felted crochet fat bag is finally done

  1. You seem to be a little less than wow’d by the final results of the fat bag. I think you should put it up, somewhere out of sight, for a few days and give the stresses of finishing it a chance to recede. Then, when you look at it with fresh and rested eyes, I’m sure you will see the same piece of artistry as I do.

  2. I think it is gorgeous and appreciate the artistic vision, skill, and tenacity that went into it.

  3. I have been gone for 5 weeks and haven’t read the Crochet Bug blog until today and the finished bag is ABSOLUTELY ADORABLE!!. I must read your past blogs to see why you aren’t thrilled with this project. Looking forward to seeing what is next for you. You inspire me to keep going…one stitch at a time!

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