So most of the felted bag patterns I've done have had some form of an i-cord strap. Mercury
, however, has a strap that's knitted flat in a two-color pattern, lengthwise (cast on 350 stitches, etc). The only problem I expected when felting was that I thought it was going to tie my washer in knots. It didn't do that -- unfortunately, it tied itself in knots instead. ( Collapse )( Collapse )
If it were a standard strap, just sewn on top and carried like a purse, I might be able to deal with it. But as you can see in the pattern photo
, it's meant to be sewn all around the outside of the bag. Lying flat would therefore be beneficial.
I've thought of several possible solutions, but I wanted to check with y'all and see if anyone has experience with this and can recommend one over any others.
1) Iron it with lots of steam -- I don't even know if this would work
2) Try slicing the tube portions open VERY carefully -- I'm afraid of undermining the integrity of the strap if I do that
3) Something involving tumbling it in the dryer -- would this do anything?
4) Last resort -- knitting a new strap, but I'm not sure I have enough of the light green left, and I REALLY don't want to repeat that casting on 349 stitches experience.
Any suggestions, warnings, etc?