Mary Poppins carpet bag
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A carpet bag was typically made from left over carpets that were popular floor coverings in the 19th century. These bags were used for travel since they were sturdy and relatively light weight. They were also esthetically pleasing to the eye. You can find many reproductions of the Mary Poppins carpet bag on the internet. They average in the $250 - $400 range depending on the workmanship and material used. I have bookmarked a couple for my Christmas wish list.
Meanwhile, I was itching for a new sewing project. I decided that I would make a carpet bag to carry my knitting and crochet supplies, my quilting project supplies or even painting supplies. With a vague idea of the bag I wanted to make, I bought the materials - some thick upholstery fabric at Joann Fabrics, coordinating lining fabric, fusible interfacing and a set of wooden handles. I was able to get the upholstery fabric at a deep discount since I was able to find a remnant I liked that would fit the size bag I was thinking of making.
For help and guidance with the bag construction, I checked online for instructions. I found The Mother Huddle.com site which provided clear illustrated instructions for a bag that had the same wooden handle I bought. Here is the link:
I followed tutorial guidelines. My bag is longer than the Mother Huddle bag since I wanted to fit more in the bag such as long knitting needles, yarn or fabric for my quilting or sketchbooks or drawing pads for my painting.
Here's my finished product. I am pretty pleased with the way it turned out and I am sure that just like Mary Poppins I, too, will be pulling out all manner of magical things from my bag. It's truly Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious !
|Carpet bag with wooden handle, upholstery fabric, cotton lining|
Finished size without handle 15" x 18" x 5"
|Carpet bag opening|