Felted Fiber Book Bag
I'm on a "needle felting" kick right now! It's such a great look and very easy and inexpensive to do. I'd even go as far as to say once you start using this needlepunch felting tool it's a bit addictive! This project is embellished with felting techniques, but stay tuned for more advanced projects you can make with needle felting. I've put together a quick video below to show you how easy it is to use this technique.
There are endless options for embellishing fleece, knits, felts, or other soft-fiber fabrics. You can create a range of two dimensional (appliqué) and three dimensional (sculptural) projects with creative needle felt techniques. For my bag, I went to my bin of left over fibers, yarns and ribbons. I also found some beads and buttons and even a pin I'd picked up at a craft show several years ago. Use your imagination to come up with different things you can use to give dimension to your project!
Felted Bag in size of your choice. Mine is from Michaels and they had various colors and shapes
Needle punch tool (I like the Clover Felting Needle Tool tool with five needles. It's equipped with needles so you're ready to begin right away)
Needle felting mat (I used the brush-like mat from Clover)
Felting fibers in colors of your choice (available at craft stores or use pieces of yarn from your scraps)
Variegated yarns of all kinds
Tapestry Needle and heavy thread, string or yarn
Buttons, beads, pins and ribbons for embellishment after felting
The needle punch tool is very easy to use but take caution, as the needles are very sharp! You'll use the brush-like needle felting mat to enable the smooth punching to mesh well with the base fabric.
When I was finished with the felting on the front I had an idea to use a scrap of knitting from my gauge test samples. This created a fun little pocket on the back of the purse by simply stitching it down with yarn and embellishing with a button and ribbon!
I hope you enjoy this technique for needle felt embellishing as much as I do. I'd love to see your ideas and photos of felting projects you've done!