I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas and New Year. I hadn't forgotten about you all, I had been on a crafting frenzy throughout December ready for Christmas but, of course, could not upload the creations until after Christmas. So here is the first of several special Christmas posts.
If you have been following my blog you will know I recommend Felt Friends from Japan: 86 Super-cute Toys and Accessories to Make Yourself by Naomi Tabatha. These bags are one of the 86 projects in the book.
You will need:
Felt Template from Felt Friends from Japan by Naomi Tabatha
Wool Felt for the Bag (sizes needed in the book)
Felt for the applique
[caption id="attachment_140" align="aligncenter" width="583"] Little Girl and Flower Felt Bag[/caption]
I have eight nieces and nephews on my side of the family and I like to make things for them if I can. I desperately wanted to make two of my younger nieces one of these bags - I had wanted to make one 'just because' but since I have no room I have to often find people I can give some of my experimental crafts too. If you saw our house and how packed it was with stuff we love you would see why.
[caption id="attachment_143" align="aligncenter" width="364"] Attaching a little handmade lable inside will let others know you took the time to make something special[/caption]
The little girl bag took a long time to put together. The applique was fiddly as I had made a smaller bag size than the one recommended for this design. I sewed each section on the bag separately as I didn't want to keep changing thread as I got to the next colour felt.
[caption id="attachment_142" align="aligncenter" width="583"] Felt Cats on Hot Pink Bag.[/caption]
Much to my surprise, the cat applique was my favourite. Against the hot pink of the bag and the easiness of the applique, it made for relaxing sewing. I would happily do this one again.
[caption id="attachment_141" align="aligncenter" width="576"] The two felt bags together[/caption]
Design: Felt Template from Felt Friends from Japan by Naomi Tabatha
Level: Beginner/Intermediate (The bag and cat applique are great for beginners - there are more designs to choose from too. The little girl applique is more for intermediate felt crafters)
Additional: Becareful of the thickness of the felt for the actual bag. Wool felt that is too thin will just pull apart, especially when tying the knots around the bag.