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Make a Mary Poppins-Style Carpetbag: Part 2

This hand-stitched carpetbag is made with scraps from a kilim carpet. For full instructions, be sure to read the first part of this two-part tutorial.
The lining has a zippered pocket on one side for more storage.
A quick whipstitch of the edges holds the lining to the bag until the frame goes on.
This hand-stitched carpetbag is made with scraps from a kilim carpet. For full instructions, be sure to read the first part of this two-part tutorial.

This hand-stitched carpetbag is made with scraps from a kilim carpet. For full instructions, be sure to read the first part of this two-part tutorial.

Photo: Kenneth D. King

With the carpetbag almost complete, it's time to add the lining and install the frame and handles. For the lining, I chose an aubergine vinyl for the color and for economy. Lining the bag with leather, at least the one I wanted, was way too expensive.

 

The lining has a zippered pocket on one side for more storage.

 

 

A quick whipstitch of the edges holds the lining to the bag until the frame goes on.

 

 

On the ends, I wanted a nice finish for the little bit of bag that wouldn't get sewn into the leather that covers the frame. I chose a small portion of hand-sewn kidskin.

 The frame installation is next.

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Comments (11)

KennethDKing KennethDKing writes: A source for the edge paint!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LB5VeMyOCew
Posted: 7:16 am on March 27th

KennethDKing KennethDKing writes: To Playinhooky: I did indeed glue the pieces in place temporarily before stitching. I used the glue called "goop", because it dries quickly. And for blacking the edges, you can get edge blacking from Tandy, but I used a product called Goya from Japan--it has more shine.

And to you, and Dori A--the reason I used only one row of stitching on the under-portion of the frame--a mistake. I confess. I cut the leather a little too narrow for two rows of stitching, not factoring in the turn of cloth, lie I knw to do in fabric. A stupid mistake, but this was a good save.

To user-1116680 : The chair, is actually a settee (you can't see this in the photo) but I upholstered it as well. Yes, I know some upholstery!

To user-3075240: I used a notched tracing wheel to mark the stitch placement,and then an awl (not a stitching awl, just a plain pointed one) to punch the holes as I was stitching. I've used the tools that punch a number of holes (they look like forks) when I do lacing, but for this, I used the tracing wheels. How I learned it in the book I bought on the topic!
Posted: 7:13 am on March 27th

user-3075240 user-3075240 writes: What a fantastic piece of art! I used to make show gear for folks who were in the horse show and competition business. I used a punch that would make four sets of stitching holes at a time. I usually only made three after the first set as I used the last tooth to place in the last hole made, to keep the stitch holes even. There is a tool with slanted teeth (a 45 degree angle). It is used exactly like the first tool; this tool results in a diamond stitch.

These tools make stitching much less strenuous. The second tool needs a flat stitching medium like 1/8" leather lacing. I also sailed and repaired sails and I noticed that you were using a sailors stitching awl. That is a good tool also but usually needs a round stitching material. Your bag is beautiful. Love watching your impeccably produced works. Great going!
Posted: 1:42 am on March 27th

LuvThreadsMagazine LuvThreadsMagazine writes: Senor King,

Another inventive, and amazingly instructive, work of art, from your creative hands.

THAT bag! It's got personality plus!

Off to find some blue wisteria (have to wrap my lunch),

LuvThreadsMagazine
Posted: 11:07 am on March 26th

user-1116680 user-1116680 writes: Your designs ideas and craftsmanship are amazing, now a one-of-a-kind creation! Thank you again for the detailed construction lesson, you are a true artist.
Posted: 6:04 am on March 26th

BlueWisteria BlueWisteria writes: Persian carpet making is nearly extinct, and soon to be a priceless resource. Making a jacket or a bag out of one is akin to cutting up a Rembrandt to wrap your lunch. I do not think it is lovely, and please STOP!
Posted: 12:29 am on March 26th

Dori_A Dori_A writes: Kenneth, your projects always inspire on so many levels, from creative engineering to impeccable workmanship. Thank you for generously sharing your process and expertise.

I look forward to answers to previous questions, and have another:

How did you come to choose only one row of stitching for the underportion of the frame?

Many Thanks!

Dori
Posted: 12:17 am on March 26th

user-2270844 user-2270844 writes: Gosh how skilled and creative. Shame not to use leather internally. The chair you have photographed the bag on is also lovely and a perfect foil to the bag.
Posted: 9:25 pm on March 25th

PlayinHooky PlayinHooky writes: Dear Kenneth:
Fantastic production photos as usual, your pictures are always worth way more than 1000 words!

I think it is a great idea to use the small leftover pieces of the kilim; if you hadn't mentioned it I wouldn't have known that the strips of leather at the corners were required and not just a design element. This is a technique I will copy in other designs, even clothing designs.

I especially like your bold and unconventional use of the outward facing seams at the bottom corners. I wouldn't have thought it would work very well, but after seeing the whole project I think this style better matches the handmade/rustic look of the kilim, plus this seems a more straightforward and approachable technique (than sewing and turning) for those of us who work with leather only occasionally. Of course, the reason it works so well is your even, beautiful stitches, which again look like a design element and not a necessity.

Before the double row of stitches through all layers, was the leather held to the frame with just glue?

You write, "On the underportion of the frame, one row of stitching was used." What does this refer to? I see only the 2 rows of stitches sewn through all layers underneath the frame, where does this one row of stitching occur?

Also, with what did you black the edges of your cut leather? Did you also add a (shiny) finish to the leather's exposed, cut edges?

Thank you!

Melanie
Posted: 7:49 pm on March 25th

micksmom2 micksmom2 writes: Love the bag! Loved this article! I have begun making handstitched bags andbought this same frame with idea of making a bag for myself. I've scoured the internet looking for articles on how the frame is to be installed with no success until now! Thank you!!!!
Posted: 6:12 pm on March 25th

nu624 nu624 writes: Lovely, Kenneth! The bag is beautiful and your hand stitching is amazing!
Posted: 6:06 pm on March 25th

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