This over-the-body bag was a special request from a friend who loves sweaters. She started with re-purposed wool from my felted sweater collection, and then we selected hand dyed felted wool for the body of the bag. I just love this bag pattern. I've made it half a dozen times this year. It's got a pocket on each side, that holds quick-to-reach items like a phone, or key snugly. Then it's got a zipper pouch in the middle, and one set of inside pockets for even more organizing. I started originally working from a pattern for a very small bag, and have adjusted and made the pattern my own. This size is roughly 7 inches by 9 inches.
I I see each pocket as an opportunity to change it up and try something new. I developed this modern daisy motif for pincushions. Now enlarged, it's just right for the pocket. The front pocket features a goldenrod yellow flower, that is reverse appliqued under the felted wool sweater. Then I added the brown center. The stitching around the center gathered the fabric slightly and inspired me to trapunto the center to form a small peak. I exaggerated the dimensional quality for further stitching and applique. I love this raised quality.
The second pocket is a more subdued blue wool applique with embroidery embellishment. I worked the stitches in #8 pearl cotton.