I start felting the granny square fat bag

I am desperately feeling a need to get something done, so today, I got out a “to be felted” granny square fat bag that is old enough to be in kindergarten, and I set about finishing the details so that I could at least begin the process of felting it:

wool granny square fat bag to be felted
The granny square fat bag shortly before felting

To start, I made a chain that is probably longer than what I will ultimately need, and I threaded the partially felted chain through the hyperbolic crochet curlicue tassel:

to be felted hyperbolic crochet curlicue tassel and chain
The elements of the crochet fat bag closure ready for felting

Next, I ran a piece of plastic through two gaps in the front and another pieces of plastic through two gaps in the back of the bag; I tied a secure knot with each. This will prevent these “gaps” from felting completely and will allow me to install the closure more easily.

Then, while I got a load of laundry together, I soaked the bag and all of the pieces in a tub of warm water with half-a-cup of vinegar.

By the time I tracked down a load of laundry, the pieces were thoroughly wet, and I threw them in the wash with the clothes and half-a-dozen dye-catchers.

An hour later this is what I had:

wool granny square fat bag felting process
After the first cylce through the wash

While progress had been made, the bag was not remotely close to done, so after I put up the first load of laundry to dry, I quickly started a second load so that I could get one more photo before sunset.

Just over an hour later, the future felted fat bag had been through a second cycle:

wool granny square fat bag felting process
The future felted granny square fat bag after the second cycle

and as this detail makes clear, substantive progress was made, but  there is still a way to go before the bag is sufficiently felted:

wool granny square fat bag felting process
Detail of the bag after two wash cycles

The hyperbolic crochet curlicue tassel:

wool granny square fat bag felting process
Detail of the hyperbolic crochet curlicues after two wash cycles

and the chain:

wool granny square fat bag felting process
Detail of the chain after two wash cycles

will also both need more time.

I didn’t totally succeed in getting something done, but with two loads of laundry now out of the way and a couple more loads waiting in the wings, this bag might just be done before it’s old enough to start first grade.

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  1. The bag is awesome! Did u at some point post a little boys jacket/sweater? I can’t find it and would like to make one! Thanks, Shirley

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