Designer: Sandi Wiseheart
Published: June 18, 2007
Skill Level: Beginner
Because the yarn I chose reminded me of a carpet bag, I decided to design a boxy tote like the magical one Mary Poppins carried. To keep things simple, I made a rectangle, folded it, and sewed up the sides. I then sewed pleats into the opening edges to make the bag into a trapezoid gathered at the top. I lined the bag with a store-bought linen napkin and added store-bought handles. I did a little beadwork to add decorative dangles.
Finished Size: 17" wide at base, 10" wide at top, and 9" high, not including handles.
Yarn: Elle Monet (53% acrylic, 47% polyamide; 95 yd [87 m]/100 g): #273 Gaugin (blue/brown /cream), 2 balls.
Needles: Size 10 ½ (6.5 mm). Adjust needle size if necessary to obtain the correct gauge.
Notions: Tapestry needle; about ½ yd fabric for lining; 1 skein DMC six-strand embroidery floss in matching color for seaming and attaching lining; one set wooden purse handles; 4 wooden flower beads; mixed wooden beads and leaves; several small glass beads; 1¾” lobster clasp; beading thread and beading needle; craft glue or clear nail polish; eight ¼" jump rings; magnetic clasp (optional).
Gauge: 10 sts and 16 rows = 4" in St st.
Skill level: Beginner.