Surface Design for Felted Knits: Leather trim

Here's the first part of the Surface Design for Felted Knits series. One of the reasons I love working with felt is because it's such a great medium for all sorts of surface design- from dyeing and paint to embroidery and beading. I worked on sequined, cross stitched and dyed bags today and am so excited to share all the fun ways to embellish your felted knits. But first up- let's work with some leather.

Here's the Perfectly Simple Clutch trimmed with leather. 

I think that adding leather makes the felted clutch look more expensive and brings a nice change of pace texture-wise. I'm a sucker for neon pink as well as tassels, so this is destined to be my new go-to bag. It's just the right size for my essentials. 

(I don't consider a spool of blue silk thread an essential, I just grabbed things off my work table to give the bag some body for the photos...)

It's really difficult to convey in a photo, but the bag isn't fluffy and fuzzy. It's trim and supple and you wouldn't look crazy carrying this around in the summertime. 

Rather than adding all the detailed how-to photos to the post, I made a pdf with the crazy-simple knitting pattern and all the step-by-steps for felting, blocking and my trick for easily adding the zipper. The pattern also has directions for how to make the leather tassel and leather patch. So click here to download the free pattern

Next week I'll share another great way to embellish this little bag using sequins and beads- stay tuned!