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This blog journals my quest of art, whether it is a piece of work that is inherent in nature or one created by artists known or unknown or that I created myself. During this search, I have come to appreciate the magnificence and generosity of God who in his infinite wisdom surrounded us with exquisiteness everyday...everywhere and inspired our human spirit to create beauty that feeds our bodies and souls. Come join me on my journey to find art through my travels and my own creative endeavors. Maraming salamat.

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Monday, June 29, 2015

Carpet Bag

Ever since I saw Mary Poppins and her magical carpet bag, I wanted one.  She seems to be able to pull anything she needs, big or small, out of the bag. This love for carpet bags stayed with me for years. I had bought several bags made of tapestry fabric for overnight and regular luggage but I really wanted the one that looked exactly like what Mary Poppins had.

Mary Poppins carpet bag
Picture source: https://myliveactiondisneyproject.wordpress.com/2013/08/26/mary-poppins-1964/

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

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