Don’t Felt the Dog
Y’know, checking gauge just might be important after all. This is supposed to be a small bag for carrying a paperback, keys, and a wallet. What I have here is a bag big enough to stuff half a Golden Retriever in. Finished measurements are 13″ x 9 1/2″ x 3 1/2″, down from 16″ x 11″ x 4″ before felting.
Other than the size issue, I’m happy with the bag. It calls for stuffed I-cord handles and a tab closure held by buttons on both sides. I’m sure I’d lose that tab, so I’m thinking about other ways to fasten it. A lining is definitely called for, as the top edge flared a lot in the washer. I pinned that sucker down like crazy while it blocked, but it’ll need help to keep its shape. A nonstretchy lining should do it, as the felted fabric is quite sturdy otherwise. Making a lining will also give me the opportunity to add lots of little pockets for the cell phone, notepad, and pencils.
As happy as I am with the bag, I may end up giving it to my mom and making a smaller one, a true paperback rider instead of Golden Retriever tote.