Make a Mary Poppins-Style Carpetbag: Part 1
This bag was never going to fit under my sewing machine, so I decided to teach myself how to hand-stitch it.
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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.
After the base is sewn, a firm “floor” is needed.
The carpet needed piecing, as there was little material leftover from the coat project. Since I wanted clean corners, I needed to…