Carpet Bag

Carpet

Carpet

I had an elegant dollhouse rug, but plebeian family of dolls. When the Hittys decided that they required a carpet bag, I determined to see if I could effect the transformation for them…

MISTAKE

MISTAKE

…the first thing I did was to fold the carpet in half, right sides together, and stitch up the sides. It would have been better to start stitching at the fold rather than at starting at the fringe end, you will see why in a minute…

corner

corner

I lined up the side seam with the centre bottom fold, creating a corner,  and pinned the triangular fold…do this on both sides…

Straight Line

Straight Line

…then sewed a short straight line across each of the corners, and then turned the folded carpet right side out.

Ugly Cloth Change Purse

Ugly Cloth Change Purse

Next I inserted an ugly snap-closure change purse inside the folded and stitched carpet. I strongly recommend getting an ugly one from a thrift store – the first one I got was too nice and I decided to keep it for my change purse, so I had to go out to the thrift store a second time…

Pin

Pin

Now you see that the side seam had to be unstitched from the fringe end down to the level of the rivet in the purse frame, and the cut stitches secured with overcast stitching. Next I folded the fringe edges  inside between the carpet layer and the ugly purse layer…

Stitch

Stitch

…and stitched the carpet in place through all the layers.

fake leather

fake leather

To finish the carpet bag, I stitched on a strip of fake leather over the shiny metal purse frame…

Pin Handle

Pin Handle

and stitched on handles.

Open

Open

All finished – it is ready to be filled…

 

Ready to Travel

Ready to Travel

…and now at least one of the Quimper Hittys can pack their bags and go travelling.

 

 

 

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27 thoughts on “Carpet Bag

  1. Your Hittys are the most pampered gals around. The creative ideas you have are so wonderful, and I for one am glad that you share them with us. Keep up the good work. Denise

    • Yay, it is supposed to be Anne of Green Gables-like. I know it is too neat and clean, but I am loath to tumble it about just to get that effect. I did have a look round for carpet-baggish glasses cases, which would have been the easiest, but didn’t see any.

  2. Your crafting is, as always, outstanding and amazing and awesome. Absolutely love it! Of course, now they are going to want to travel even more…

  3. As someone who is only going to learn to sew so I can make Hitty clothes, I am in awe. Even though you photograph every step, it still seems like magic.

  4. I have the perfect carpet! the too-perfect carpet – and a visit to the Thrift Store is ALWAYS a treat. Dolls seem to need bags more than humans use them, even if they are not going travelling… Thank you so much.

  5. How exceedingly clever and lovely!! What lucky HIttys to have such a talented person looking after their every requirement.

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