Step 2: Cut off the tassels on the edge of your rug (unless you like the decoration). Check for any oddities in the rug, like frayed edges, or holes. You maybe able to work around these when sewing up the bag.
Step 3: Fold your carpet bag into shape, and determine how wide you'd like it to be, and much of a flap you'd like there to be. I decided to cut off about 6" along the length of one side on the carpet so the bag would still be satchel length but not extra long or wide.
Step 4: Cut off the excess length you'd like to remove and set the strip aside for later use. Now using a straight stitch on your sewing machine, sew up the length of the cut side of carpet. This will keep the carpet from fraying as you sew up your bag. Fold your bag back into purse shape (allowing about 4"-6" excess for the flap). Sew the body of the bag together along either side.
Step 6: Sew down the length of the strap at the desired width and sew across each end for extra security.
Step 7: Now cut off the excess rag carpet you don't want for the strap. Set strap aside again.
Step 8: Grab the body of your bag again and fold over the top section of the flap about 1" and sew across for a more polished edge.
10. Cut 3 1"x4" pieces of canvas out and fold the edges inward. Iron them down for easy sewing.
11. Sew down the center of the canvas strip to seal them closed. I used a kind of crazy stitch that went with the rag carpet's design.
12. Sew the canvas strips onto the bag. The two for the handle should be connected where the bag and flag meet. The strip for the button should be looped and sewn onto the back of the flap in the center.
Step 14: Sew your button to the body of the bag using a needle and thread. Make sure it lines up withe your button closure before attaching it.
Step 15: Check for any loose strings, close up the button and try the bag on for size.
Step 16: Fill your new satchel with lots of goodies and you're ready to go!
My new carpet bag satchel is the perfect size to carry art supplies with me wherever I go. I hope you'll try this DIY out and show me your results! big kiss, bekuh
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