Carpet Bag

Refashion a colorful woven throw rug into a sturdy market tote.
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Description

Refashion a colorful woven throw rug into a sturdy market tote that folds flat for carrying, but opens wide to hold a day’s worth of shopping fun. The pre-finished rug edges make this a quick-to-sew project.

Details
Finished Size: 17" wide × 15" high × 6" deep (43 cm × 38 cm × 15 cm). Tote size varies with original rug size. 

Fabric Requirements:

— 2’ × 3’ (61 cm × 91.5 cm) throw rug

13 yd (30.5 cm) of coordinating lightweight cotton for insert cover

Other Supplies

— 5 1/2" × 16" (14 cm × 40.5 cm) piece of acrylic for bag bottom support (change the dimensions if necessary to match rug variations; see Notes)

— Coordinating sewing thread

— Size 100/16 to 110/18 sewing machine needle

— 32" (81.5 cm) leather purse handles

— Walking foot for sewing machine (optional)

— Hot glue gun and glue

See project for complete supply list and notions. 

Originally Published: Stitch, Summer 2011

SKU: EP4603

Author/Speaker/Editor: Linda Turner Griepentrog

Format: eProject