Carpet Couch Bag

February 21, 2008 at 10:16 am 1 comment

I have a bit of a passion for upholstery fabrics. The marriage of textures, sumptuous art nouveauesque patterns, and remarkable resilience all appeal very strongly. And I like the idea of misappropriating a fabric, making a skirt, for example, out of the sort of material it is usually designed to sit on.

I’ve been contemplating making a handbag for months now, as I need one roomy enough to accommodate all the extra paraphernalia of parenthood – little shoes, socks, bibs, hats, snacks, drinks, sunscreen, wipes, ad infinitum, and this seemed a prime opportunity to indulge in some plush fabric. And I did. So much so that I think I’ll be making ‘couch bags’ for the whole family for some time to come.

The stripes are chenille, and the base fabric is a texture like slubby linen. It has a key pocket sewn into the lining, and an internal divider to hold a water bottle in place.

Note the cords on either side to allow the bag to be drawn closed to prevent easy pilfering by a toddler in a backpack. There’s a lesson learned the hard way! And I foolishly imagined handbag raiding didn’t start til they were in their teens..

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Entry filed under: Crafty Stuff.

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1 Comment Add your own

  • 1. kat  |  February 21, 2008 at 12:43 pm

    I like this, I love the child proofing too!

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