Fabric

Beaded Wool Felt Bags With Ornament Designs

By  Mary Ayres 

Materials

  • Wool felt: white; bright green; red; yellow gold
  • Beads: white pearls, 6mm, 18; red faceted glass, 4x6mm, 14; gold glass seed, 10/0
  • Gold head pins, 1” long, 32
  • Gold eyelets: 3/16”, two; 1/8”, 32
  • Yellow gold embroidery floss

Tools

  • Round-nose pliers
  • Hole punches: 1/8”; 3/16”
  • Needles: embroidery; beading
  • Sewing thread: white; green

Pattern - Beaded Wool Felt Bags With Ornament Designs

  • Note
  • 1. Print and cut out patterns. (Note: Use three strands of floss for all embroidery.)
  • Green Bag
  • 1. Cut a 7"x19-1/4" rectangle and 6-1/2" circle from green felt; ornament shape from red felt; 5/8" square from gold felt; 1-1/2" circle from white felt. Punch 3/16" hole in center of gold square; attach eyelet.
  • 2. Pin felt pieces to green rectangle. (Note: Center design from side to side, bottom of design should be 3/4" up from bottom of rectangle.)
  • 3. Stem stitch around red ornament and gold square close to edges. Straight stitch lines evenly spaced around white circle, working from center to outside edge. Sew a gold bead to center of white circle and around edge at end of each gold line, using two strands of floss.
  • 4. Punch 1/8" holes across top of rectangle 1" apart, 1/4" from edge, starting holes 1/2" from both sides of center. Attach gold eyelets to holes. (Note: Right side of eyelet should face wrong side of bag because bag will be folded over at top.)
  • 5. Sew short sides of rectangle together 1/4" from edges with right sides facing in to make a tube. Sew green circle around bottom of tube. Turn bag right side out. Fold top of bag over 1".
  • 6. Place gold and white pearl beads on head pins. Bend head pins over slightly at center; insert through eyelets and bend ends down until they touch top of pearl beads.
  • White Bag
  • 1. Cut a 6"x16" rectangle and a 5-1/2" circle from white felt, 2-1/2" circle from green felt, 5/8" square from gold felt, 3/4"-wide strip from red felt. Pin red strip across center of green circle and trim ends even with circle. Punch a 3/16" hole in center of gold square; attach eyelet.
  • 2. Pin felt pieces to white rectangle. (Note: Center design from side to side, bottom of design should be 3/4" up from bottom of rectangle.)
  • 3. Feather stitch across center of red strip. Stem stitch around green ornament and gold square close to edges. Sew gold beads to the feather stitching details, using two strands of floss.
  • 4. Punch 1/8" holes across top of rectangle 1" apart, 1/4" from edge, starting holes 1/2" from both sides of center. Attach gold eyelets to holes (right side of eyelets should face wrong side of bag because will be folded over at top.)
  • 5. Sew short sides of rectangle together 1/4" from edges with right sides facing in to make a tube. Sew green circle around bottom of tube. Turn bag right side out. Fold top of bag over 1".
  • 6. Place red beads on head pins. Bend head pins over slightly at center; insert through eyelets and bend ends down until they touch top of red beads.