Make a Mary Poppins-Style Carpetbag: Part 1
I first ordered the bag frame online, sat down, and created a rough sketch of what I envisioned. Once I was sure of what I wanted, I set to work.
This bag was never going to fit under my sewing machine, so I decided to teach myself how to hand-stitch it.
I ordered a set from Tandy that included the basic tools, a copy of The Art of Hand Sewing Leather by Al Stohlman (The Tandy Leather Co., 1977), as well as a wooden device called a stitching pony.
I decided to trim the bag with black, alligator-embossed leather.
Before cutting into the leather, I tested the pattern I had drafted for the base. The remainder of the bag is essentially a rectangle, so…
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