A few weeks ago I went browsing through a consignment thrift store and found a men's extra large Ralph Lauren Sweater. My latest interest has been felting with ready made, or knitted items, and or by pounding wool roving with needles. I brought home the sweater knowing I had some drapery fabric for a liner and stopped at a JoAnn's on the way home and found handles. A friend, "Charleen", had been to China so I got the cool button from her, and the flower was made by pounding wool. Inside there are pockets and a place to hold your keys. The whole handbag was created for less than ten dollars, and I learned a lot while doing it.
Little things like keep your fingers out of the way of felting needles. Now that really hurts. When you felt a sweater in the washing machine expect it to lose a third of it's size in all directions. The sweater went from Adult to Toddler size. I had originally thought I would get a bigger hand bag from it. You can shave off too much fuzz if needed. You really need a little drop of soap in the machine and some tennis balls to add the right amount of agitation. Give yourself 3-4 days to let the whole sweater thoroughly dry out. Don't dry it in the dryer because if you get a wrinkle you will NEVER get it out.