Companion Carpet Bag from Upcycled Wool Jacket10:15
My new office manager Amanda has instigated a scheduled working week for me now, and as much as I like to complain about her love of organising, I'm in love with my schedule. Mostly because it has a section for working on PhD items every week. (Projects Half Done!) One of the things sitting in my PhD pile was this Carpet bag I started cutting out of a wool jacket I found at the Ty Hafan children's hospice charity shop in Aberdare. It was on their clearance rail so only cost me £1!
I cut the front panel out of the front of the jacket, keeping the original breast pocket as a feature. I added the jacket's original buttons back onto the front panel, using hot pink thread for a bit of an unexpected contrast.
Fabric Time at the West Country Quilt show for just £2 for the pair. They feel and smell like leather, especially on the backs of the connectors, so I'm not sure why they were so cheap! (ETA: their website shows them as faux leather and at £8.35 a pair. I'm glad I bought a few pairs!)
3DAN on Etsy to secure a piece of plastic cutting board inside to give it a nice sturdy bottom. I do like a sturdy bottom!
a photo on instagram of inserting a magnetic snap through leather strap connectors. I wonder if I'll ever follow my own patterns, despite reminding you all to follow them!
I also noticed that the frame I had is a full 1" smaller than the ones this pattern is written for. I bought from 3DAN as usual, and didn't think to check the size when it arrived (months ago!) so I didn't realise until I came to insert the frame and had to trim some of the Frame Channel off to fit.
Please, please, check the size of your frame hinge to hinge before starting, and if you need to adjust the pattern, see my tutorial on how to do so!
The Companion Carpet bag is one of my most popular patterns, and I've yet to see a version that I don't love. If you want to make your own, please do tag me in your makes (@sewingpatternsbymrsh), or add it to the tag #companioncarpetbag