The Companion Carpet Bag Pattern

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Quick overview:

Make your own carpet bag with the Companion Carpet Bag sewing pattern. The trickiest part of sewing this practically perfect bag will be choosing your fabrics!



Small – W 12" x H 8" x D 6" (30.5cm x 20cm x 15cm)

Large – W 16" x H 10" x D 6" (41cm x 25cm x 15cm)






  • Easy to read instructions, colour photographs, and pattern pieces
  • Use an internal tubular frame to create this classic carpet bag shape
  • Two sizes - small (8.5" frame) and large (12" frame)
  • Bag of the Month Club pattern for January 2015
  • Updated February 2019



Bag Features

The Companion Carpet Bag features a full width front pocket, which you can trim with piping or lace, bag feet, leather handles and optional leather snap tab. Inside there's a zipped pocket and a slip pocket. The pattern uses an internal tubular frame, either 8.5" or 12". You don't need the top snap tab as the frame holds everything closed nicely, but it's a great accent feature

The Companion Carpet Bag pattern is suitable for pretty much any woven fabrics, from quilting cottons to upholstery chenille, and you can sew this on a regular domestic sewing machine. You won't need a special machine to make this carpet bag.


Pattern Features

The Companion Carpet Bag sewing pattern features comprehensive instructions, pattern pieces, and colour photographs.

If you have a different frame size to the ones I recommend, you can adjust your pattern to fit the frame, using my tutorial: Adjusting the Companion Carpet Bag to Fit the Frame.

You can also add elasticated pockets to your Companion Carpet Bag, by following my tutorial.

The Companion Carpet Bag sewing pattern is classified as a beginner pattern. It is written in UK English and has been thoroughly tested by a team of expert pattern testers.

The paper sewing pattern is an A5 booklet with printed pattern pieces. The downloadable PDF sewing pattern features printable pattern pieces and a text only section to save on ink and paper costs. When you buy our PDF sewing patterns, they are immediately added to your online account. Access this through My Downloadable Products on your dashboard, or find out more about how to download and print PDF sewing patterns here: How to download and print your PDF sewing pattern.

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Pattern FAQs

What difficulty is this sewing pattern?

This is a beginner pattern, but if you get stuck pop over to our Facebook group for support or send us an email.


How big is The Companion Carpet Bag?

If you use an 8.5" frame the finished size will be 12" wide x 8" high x 6" deep (30.5cm x 20cm x 15cm). If you use a 12" frame the finished size will be 16" wide x 10" high x 6" deep (41cm x 25cm x 15cm). Or follow my tutorial to adjust the size to fit your frame.


What materials do I need?

Small size:

  • 1 x FQ Main fabric
  • 1/2yd (0.45m) Contrast fabric
  • 1yd (0.9m) Lining fabric
  • 18" x 26" (0.45m x 0.91m) Foam stabiliser
  • 1 3/4 yd (1.5m) Medium weight fusible interfacing
  • 9" x 5 1/2" (23cm x 14cm) bag base (plastic canvas, thin plastic cutting mat)
  • 1 x 7" (18cm) size 3 zip (longer can be cut down)
  • 1 x 8 1/2" (22cm) internal tubular frame

Large size:

  • 3/4yd (0.75m) Main fabric
  • 1 1/8yd (1m) Contrast fabric
  • 1 1/8yd (1m) Lining fabric
  • 20" x 36" (0.5m x 0.91m) Foam stabiliser
  • 2 1/4yd (2m) Medium weight fusible interfacing
  • 1 x 12" (30.5cm) internal tubular frame
  • 1 x 8" (20cm) size 3 zip (longer can be cut down)
  • 12" x 5 1/2" (30.5cm x 14cm) bag base (plastic canvas, thin plastic cutting mat)

Both sizes:

  • 1 x 5/8" (18mm) slim magnetic snap, 4 x 1/2" (12mm) bag feet


  • 4 x Emmaline Diamond Strap Connectors
  • Double sided basting tape
  • Zip foot
  • Walking foot
  • Duct tape
  • Scraps of stabiliser
  • Fray check


Where can I get the internal tubular frames?

If you're in the UK & Europe: Sew Hot

If you're in Canada or USA: Emmaline Bags


Can I use a different frame size?

Yes. If your frame is only 1/2" bigger or smaller, then just use whichever pattern piece (small or large) is nearest and adjust the frame channels only using the calculation at step 40) in the pattern. I wouldn't recommend adjusting more than 2".

Follow the steps in my tutorial here:


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Where can I find more inspiration?

For more photos and information please visit my blog: New Carpet Bag Testers!


Is there a sew along for The Companion Carpet Bag?

Click here to sew along with Reece from Happy Okapi: The Companion Carpet Bag sew along


I've found a mistake!

This pattern does have some known errors.

1 - Pattern Piece C Frame Channel Large - this pattern piece should measure 9" (piece is on a fold, total length of large frame channel should be 18") and label for piece should say 18". Cutting out instructions at beginning of booklet/instructions are correct.

2 - Step 21: Wording / measurement error. Pattern says '3/4" (7.5cm)'. Three quarters of an inch is actually 1.9cm.

You will complete list of errors found in our patterns on our Errata page. If you can't find your mistake in the list above or on the Errata page, please send us an email to so that we can add it to our list.


I have a question not answered here

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