Finally finished the carpet bag!
I found this rug piece in Tucson last spring and hauled it home with me. I also found a full size rug, perfectly worn, that I hauled home too. Thank you Southwest Airlines for letting us each check two bags for free! I was able to bring home a massive ton of loot! Anyhow, here is the rug piece, as found:
Here is the piece, as found, layed out on my floor.
Here is a closer-up detail.
I used dark brown linen, from an old dress, to line the inside side. Its hard to see but I made a pocket too.
This photo shows how I just guesstimate about where and what size I want a messenger style bag to be. I line the entire piece first then play with bag/flap size until it looks just right to me. Then I pin in the side/strap piece. This time I used the brown linen for one side of the strap and some army green linen from and old pair of shorts I picked up at the Lopez Transfer Station, Take It or Leave It, over the summer.
Here is the strap before I began pinning it to the bag.
In these two photos I am trying to show the pinning of the strap to the bag in a way that you can see how I construct it. But these photos don't do it justice. I basically pin the bottom of the strap to what I want to be the bottom of the bag and then sew it up the sides to the top. In this case, I made the strap too long so I need to go back and shorten it.
So with the carpet bag finished I can move on to other projects that have been left unfinished and half started. Still working on my jacket from a vintage pattern. Still working on a few other bags in progress. Still have a few dolls being embroidered. Still have mending and tweaking on several garments to finish. Still, still, still. And most of it will have to wait until I am back from vacation because that is fast approaching and I have many little ends to tie up before we fly off. I plan to show you many of the finds I have discovered in the past couple weeks. Stay tuned. Normal programming will resume in the New Year.