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Carpet Bag Luggage

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Long Cross Body Straps

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Category Sewing
Type Accessory
Sizing Women
Style Traditional, Retro / Vintage, Classic
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What materials did you use? Soft Drab Olive Chenille Upholstery Fabric exterior, with black accents of 1" Black Cotton Grow Grain, Black polyester Cord for Couching, Metal Wristlet Connector and O Ring for Zipper Pull, Black Suede Fringed Charm for Decoration, Fabric Covered Buttons for Trim, Drab Olive Cotton Duck Fabric for Interior, Polar Fleece for Quilt Batting. 22" Double Sports Zipper in Black,

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What are you most proud of? FABRIC COVERED BUTTONS: I'm using a vintage handy jr. button maker and dies purchased for a song on craigslist. I tell you it is much much easier to strike heavy fabric covered buttons with this tool than the aluminum button blanks you find in the retail stores. I made the same 3 button decorative design on both the front and back exterior pockets for this bag. There is a pocket for a pen, and 4 exterior drop pockets. I engineered a smaller pocket inside one of the larger pockets. See photos. This bag is padded by free motion quilting the duck cotton lining, then adding pockets prior to finish construction. A zipper pull was fashioned from 1" wide black grown grain and further decorated with a strip of upholstery fabric with a metal wristlet connector and o ring set. A black suede fringe charm added a bit more of flair.

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What advice would you give someone starting this project? PLAN TO MAKE ANOTHER BAG LIKE THIS ONE: I added long cross body straps is not Victorian, but insist I will build another carpet bag just like this one, this time fitting it with a pair of leather handles, and button closures rather than a double sports zipper. I bought quite a bit of this fabric, and can see using up every bit of scrap to make smaller accessory cases.

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Hi there AllThatPatchwork. I stopped by your posts and left you a message. I saw your amazing quilt there. Full of color and harmony. Great work.

03/04/2013 Flag

Bless you 2 strings for your kindness. I'm so pleased your liked our old Victorian. Changing the subject--for dinner this evening we ate meatus incineratus which needs no explanation--other than I sewed all day long and the pork roast lingered too long in the oven. Ha. Ha.

03/04/2013 Flag

Omg I really admire your talent, this is a fabulous bag you should be so proud of yourself. I am too scared to have a go at the furnishing fabric. Well done you

03/08/2013 Flag

Hey there my friend Christine. Thank you very much for the compliment on the carpet bag. Making the laptop tote is a 3 day sewing adventure. It takes a lot of handsewing in the interior as I cover all the interior seams, using my own seam binding. Saves on the overall weight of the finished padded tote and already bulky seams. I pre-quilt the wall panels, so the seams are tough to stitch through (upholstery chenille, padding, and duck cloth foundation). Box construction takes more time too. I'm not complaining--its always fun to start and finish a project. The middle part is trying sometimes. Ah . . . . time for a nap!

03/08/2013 Flag

Is there a pattern for this bag? It looks so cute, I would love to make it. Thanks

12/17/2014 Flag