I started working on this one before Christmas, but didnít get around to finishing it until this week.
While doing my Christmas shopping I noticed that a lot of places had bags made of felt for sale. I decided I had to try it.
Using a stencil pattern for a tree made of holly leaves and berries, I created my front panel. I didnít want to have to cut small felt circles out for the berries so again I used burgundy buttons. (Like I did with December Magnet Ė Holly [link]
Felt in Olive and Sandstone was used to create the bag. Sandstone felt pieces made up the front, sides, and back of the bag, while olive was used for the front, bottom, and handle. The panels were blanket stitched together using 6 strand embroidery floss. The buttons were sewn on using metallic embroidery thread (gold) to just the sandstone front leaving the inside of bag free of the button stitching.
My bag was nowhere near as sturdy as the ones I saw in the stores as I had only used single layers of felt (exception being the front) for the panels. The bag I made would stand on its own, but limply (and that was before I added the handle). In an effort to give it some stability, I starched the bag. This seems to have helped.
If I were to remake this bag in the future I would use more layers of felt (like I did in the handle, there are four layers of thickness there) and possibly use plastic canvas between layers of felt to give the bag a better shape and stability.
Bag measures approximately 9 inches tall (not including handle), 7.5 inches wide, and 4 inches deep.
To see other felt items, check out my "Feltworks" journal entry. [link]