felted messenger bag by Julie Weisenberger

felted messenger bag

This pattern is available for $8.00 USD
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We love projects that require no sewing, and this is one of them! Just felt this bag, and attach the strap with no-sew buttons. Voila! You’ve got a new knitting bag, cross-body purse, diaper bag…

Finished Dimensions (felted)*
Small bag: 8 in high x 5 in wide / 20 cm high x 12.7 cm wide
Medium bag: 5 in high x 9 in wide / 12.7 cm high x 23 cm wide
Large bag: 8 in high X 12 in wide / 20 cm high X 30.5 cm wide

Size after felting is approximate, since the felting process depends on a number of factors that can vary widely (temperature of water, amount of agitation, type of soap used, etc.)


  • For small bag Lamb’s Pride Worsted 85% wool, 25% mohair, 190 yds per 113 g skein 2 skeins
  • For medium bag Lamb’s Pride Bulky 85% wool, 25% mohair, 125 yds per 113 g skein Use single strand - 2 skeins MC, 1 skein CC
  • For large bag Lamb’s Pride Worsted  Used double - 4 skeins (2 skeins each color for 2 colored bag) -- OR --  Cascade 220 100% wool, 220 yds per 100g skein Use double - 4 skeins (2 skeins each color for 2 colored bag) -- OR -- Lamb’s Pride Bulky Used single 3 skeins (2 skeins mc, 1 skein cc).


For small bag, one US 11/ 8 mm 24 in/ 61 cm circular needle.
For large and medium bags, one US 15/ 10 mm 24 in/ 61 cm circular needle.


Strap notions are available at  fabric and craft stores:
2 yds webbing used for belts
3 metal slides to match the width of your strap
4-6 bachelor or dungaree buttons
Purse feet (optional)