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Felted Sunflower Purse
By: Berta Gilholm
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I made this purse for my granddaughter Kalista. The purse is very closely felted for sturdiness and can be made with a short or long handle. Follow this purse crochet pattern to make your own.
Unfinished square size (before felting): large square/rectangle 16” x 14”
Unfinished short strap size (before felting): 45 “ long
Finished size of purse: Appx. 13” wide x 11” high
Note: Pattern is written for short handle purse, Long handle purse is made by using a solid color yarn in the center of each chain of the Braid strap and increasing the strap to 52” long.
Gauge is not important due to felting, the size of the purse may vary ½ ” smaller or larger. Assemble squares and strap before felting them.
Stitches: Ch – Chain, Slst – Slip Stitch, Sc – Single Crochet, Dc – Double Crochet, Trc – Triple Crochet.
Round n’Square Block:
Make a total of 2 (Using 2 strands together for entire purse)
Use (MC) to Chain 3, join with a Slst to form ring. Weave in loose ends as you go.
Purse sides for strap: (repeat these 2 rows 4 times)
Note: Repeat these 2 rows opposite each other on the sides of each square to weave in the straps.
Back of work facing, with M hook and MC, join yarn in first stitch at a corner.
Sew Purse seams: Line up the purse squares, with the front sides together, put a marker in the top stitch on the left and right side. Using these markers as a guide sew down the side seam through the Sc and Ch stitches of the square, across the bottom of bag and back up the other side through the Sc and Ch stitches of the square. You will have chain spaces on the sides for weaving strap.
Make 1 strap
Use 3 strands from the balls of the following color combo’s together for 1 chain.
Finish Strap: Braid these 3 chains together medium tight until strap is approximately 45 inches long, knot the 9 strand tassel together tightly as close to braid as possible on one end only.
Weave in strap:
Divide tassel strands into half and thread one half into each side of seam chain hole from inside to outside of bottom of purse seam, bring tassel back together and tie with a slip knot to outside, pull snug, thread braid back through seam in and out of side seam through chain holes to top of purse, repeat threading braid down other side of purse in same manner, keeping strap straight, when you get to bottom chain hole on the other side, divide tassel strands into half and thread into each side of seam chain hole from inside to outside of bottom of purse seam, bring tassel back together and tie with a slip knot, pull snug, Trim tassel to about 3 or 4 inches.
Finish and Felt:
Put the purse into a pillowcase, tie the top, put bag along with some clothing in the washer with detergent (do not use softener and do not spin). Do a med. small load, use hot water on regular cycle (usually 15 minutes for wash and first rinse) turn off immediately after first rinse/spin, remove bag before a full rinse/spin. Flatten and stretch the purse and straps out on a large towel, carefully pull tassels apart (they will be clumpy like dreadlocks) measure, if you need to shrink purse more, repeat process. It usually takes 2 or 3 cycles of felting. When felted to the size you like, squeeze most of the water out, reshape and trim tassels to about 2 inches, lay flat on a large work area between 2 clean towels, press down to absorb excess water. Cut a heavy piece of cardboard to fit purse, cover with saran wrap, place cardboard inside and let dry overnight. Again, stretch sides of purse, strap and tassels to shape.. Shave purse to remove fuzz and dry about 2 days. Purse is thick enough that you don’t need a liner.
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