Free Purse Project

Free Purse Project


  • 100% wool sweater
  • 1/4 yard of mediumweight cotton fabric
  • Wool felt scraps
  • One 7"-long zipper
  • Matching thread
  • Needle-felting needle and mat


Easily felt any wool knit in the washing machine.

Make sure that the sweater is 100% wool. Check to see if the tag says "Dry Clean Only." If the wool has been treated for machine washing, it won't felt.

As the wool is felting, it will shed a lot of fiber. To protect your washer from clogging, put the sweater in a mesh laundry bag or zippered pillowcase.

Wash the sweater with laundry detergent and hot water. Remove the sweater from the bag. Place the sweater in the dryer on the hottest setting.

Remove the sweater from the dryer and clean out the lint trap. Check the sweater to see if it has felted to your liking. If it still doesn't feel dense or stiff enough, repeat the process.


Download the Pouch Purse flower templates HERE.

Cut one 7"x14" rectangle each from the wool and cotton fabric. From the felt scraps, cut out the flower and leaf pieces.

Position the wool rectangle over the needle-felting mat, designating one short edge as the upper edge. Layer the leaf and flower pieces over the wool as desired, approximately 5" from the upper edge and 3" from one side edge.


Using the felting needle, poke the flower center and leaf end repeatedly through all layers to attach them to the wool. 


With wrong sides together, hand baste the wool and fabric side edges.

Open the zipper. Position one zipper tape edge right side down over the wool rectangle right side along the upper edge; pin. Stitch close to the zipper teeth, moving the zipper pull out of the way as necessary.

Fold the rectangle in half with the fabric side facing out. Position the free zipper tape edge along the opposite wool rectangle short edge; pin. Stitch close to the zipper teeth.

With the zipper open, stitch the pouch side edges using a 1⁄2" seam allowance. Trim the seam allowances.

Tip: Attach a matching pom-pom or charm to the zipper pull using yarn or cording.


Turn the pouch right side out through the zipper opening. Push out the corners using a knitting needle or chopstick. Finger-press the edges.


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