After 2 further attempts at washing it and my husband unblocking the pipe!! I then stuffed it with newspapers and left it to dry. I read in a book that it was best to sew it together to avoid it going out of shape in the washing machine but dont do this as it felts together!! So I had to cut it apart slightly and that left holes which I then had to sew up!! So its not bad for a learning attempt! I might needlefelt some flowers on it as I think the flower on the front needs livening up a bit!! But I am pleased that I had a go as you dont learn anything unless you try. Its a fat little bag so I am keeping my next knitting project in it.. some black wool to felt dont know what yet..probably a bowl???