My Don’t Tread on Me purse/bag went from this…
..to this in a few steps.
After the first cycle through the washer.
That blob of stuff in the upper left is what I pulled out of the washer and was attached to the bag as it felted.
Second cycle…and more fuzziness.
The raised lines are felting into the bag.
I needed a third hot/cold wash cycle to get the final felting I wanted. This is a close-up of the strap. See all that fuzz?!?!
I started defuzzing the strap. See the difference between the left side and the right side?
The main bag portion getting sheared.
These duckbill scissors worked great and I didn’t worry (too much) about accidentally cutting into the felted fabric.
A piece of foam cut to size serves as a stabilizer under the lining. A flexible glue holds it in place.