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Thread: Jackleg Chenille "Carpet" Bag

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    Jackleg Chenille "Carpet" Bag

    I can never find a purse that I like. For decades I have wanted to be able to design my own. I even tried taking a bag-making class to see if I could figure out how they are put together... nope, that was just as successful as making clothes... which was not successful at all!

    I want a bag that stands up, is not too tall (or wide or deep), has lots of compartments, and opens wide at the top so I can find my stuff without blindly feeling around the inside and ultimately emptying the bag of its contents.

    The chenille fabric that I made this bag from was on the free table at the local guild. I decided to try to make a bag from it. I already had all of the parts so I made this up as I went along.

    It's 11"L x 6"W x 9.5"H

    I put in a bunch of pockets. There are two that fit my pens, one with a lanyard to attach my keys, one to hold my glasses, etc. I glued some fabric to one side of foam-core board and stuck it in the bottom. For a closure I sewed on some Velcro to the inside top. The handles were stolen from a purse from Goodwill. Inside I put three clear-plastic-zippered makeup bags to organize my stuff.

    ...and the only thing it cost me was a broken sewing machine trying to sew through a bunch of layers! LOL! Oh well... it's the size I want anyway.
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    There is nothing better than a purse that satisfies your every wish. Well done!
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    Lovely bag!

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    Great Job! Now you'll have what you need when you need it ready to hand!
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    That's a great looking bag

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    fantastic job i love it

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    Wonderful work! I really like it .

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    I like your bag!!! Pretty and so very functional! Now you'll be making them in different colors, etc.!
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    Love the idea of using the little bags inside to keep things 'tidy'.

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    Fun story, and great job on the bag!
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    great looking bag

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    I want to buy a bag for my wife. I have read an article about the top ten weekender bags. I am in confusion about choosing the best one among them. Can you please help me to pick one. Here is the article http://bestproducts-4u.com/best-week...bag-for-women/

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    David, I'm not sure what style your wife would like, but I prefer a backpack that hides down into a regular bag for weekend trips, especially if I'm going to be travelling place to place.
    This Osprey is one I have and it is ideal for going anywhere. It has wheels, turns into a back pack or both the wheels and backpack straps disappear to make it a nice carry on. https://www.osprey.com/ca/en/product...OINT5_680.html and, it is practically indestructible.

    Watson

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    I too like lots of zippered pockets. Great bag.

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