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Dear Fellow Crocheters & Crafty Folk – Help! ;)

I have been working on a crocheted messenger bag for a little while   now.  It’s a lovely crochet pattern that is almost completely done in hdc stitches and then requires a mad amount of felting!
I have put it through the wash cycle three times now and since allowed it to dry to see the results. While in the wash cycle, the flap was loosely stitched to the body.  As well,  I folded the shoulder strap and stitched it to avoid stretching.
Here is the problem:

Side view of the messenger bag as it appears right now.
Side view of the messenger bag as it appears right now.

The flap is longer on one side so I obviously didn’t put the bag the together correctly.
To remedy the length, I need to deal with this much (see below) extra material on the one side:
I do plan to re-stitch and felt the bag even more…but I get the feeling that felting alone isn’t going to fix this.
So, my fellow crafty friends, thoughts? Suggestions?
What do I do?

10 thoughts on “Dear Fellow Crocheters & Crafty Folk – Help! ;)

  1. when drying it did you leave it flat or hang it. Usually when you hang it the piece will stretch. Better to lay it flat and stretch it our how you want it then leave it to dry flat.

    1. I didn’t hang it, but I didn’t lay it flat either. I stuffed it lightly with towels and it has been sitting upright on a table.

  2. Once it’s fully felted, you should be able to trim it to the right shape.

    1. Thank you…that occurred to me as well but the one side of the flap will still be hanging crooked even though the bottom is straight across. (Does that make sense? lol)

      1. How about trimming both sides, so they are both narrower than the body of the bag and then adding a decorative border (felted or crochet) to make it the right size?
        I do wonder, though, whether some selective and vigorous had felting might even things up a bit?

        1. The border is a good idea!
          I also had someone suggest stretching out the good side with some solid blocking.
          Getting some great suggestions! Thanks! 🙂

  3. Block it flat. Use pins to stretch parts.

    1. That seems to be a common suggestion. Thanks! Why didn’t that occur to me?! Lol

  4. you should try wet felting just the problem area in a shallow bowl or baking pan. Here’s a link to a video explaining that technique if it’s totally foreign to you (in two steps)… followed by you can probably go without the tulle because you’ve started the felting process already, and just remember the more you rub the more it felts! Good luck!

    1. Thanks for the suggestion!

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