Carpet Bag Luggage

Project Description

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. 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.

What you will need

  • 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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