Noni Felted Carpet Bags by Nora J. Bellows

Noni Felted Carpet Bags

yarn held together
+ Worsted
= ?
3 stitches and 4 rows = 1 inch
in stockinette, pre-felted fabric
US 11 - 8.0 mm
440 - 1760 yards (402 - 1609 m)
Small, Medium, and Rather Huge bag sizes
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This classicly-shapped Carpet Bag comtines practicality and beauty. It makes a bold statement as a briefcase emellished with luscious camellia flowers (flower instructions included in the pattern), a great weekender bag, or a knitting bag that will be the envy of all but those who have already made their own.

The Rather huge carpet bag really is rather huge. If the finished measurements seem rather abstract to you, get out that tape measure and make it in the air. It is BIG. And it is traffic-stoppingly gorgeous with big, sexy camellias on one (or both) sides.

The medium carpet bag is the perfect size to carry anywhere. It works as a purse to carry everyday, as a tote for those smallish knitting projects, or as a look-at-me-and-my-awesome-bag fashion statement.

When you don’t want a big carpet bag, it’s nice to have a small one. It looks terrific unembellished or decorated with a single camellia flower or any one of the many Noni flowers available in singlet patterns or in the Noni Flowers book.

Pattern Difficulty

Intrepid Easy: Requires knowledge of casting on, knitting and purling, picking up stitches in knitted fabric, increasing and decreasing, knitting in the round on circular needles, and some hand-sewing during the finishing process.


Pre-felted guage: 12 stitches and 16 rounds = 4” (10cm) in St st with a double-strand of worsted weight yarn.

Finished Dimensions

Smallish Carpet Baguette

11” (28cm) wide3” (7.6cm) deep across bag bottom
1” (2.5cm) deep across bag top
6” (15.25cm) tall

Medium-Sized Carpet Bag

12” (30.5cm) wide
4” (10.15cm) deep
10” (25.5cm) tall

Rather Huge Carpet Bag

19” (48.25cm) wide
6” (15.25cm) deep
13” (33cm) tall

Yarn Requirements

Smallish Carpet Baguette
Solid Colored Bag: 450 yds (412m)
Striped Bag: 225 yds (206m) Pewter
225 yds (206m) White

Medium-Sized Carpet Bag
Solid Colored Bag: 900 yds (823m)
Striped Bag: 450 yds (412m) Christmas Red
450 yds (412m) Garnet

Rather Huge Carpet Bag
Solid Colored Bag: 1800 yds (1646m)
Striped Bag: 900 yds (823m) Black
900 yds (823m) Granite

Camellia Flower
(makes 1 large flower and 1-2 medium flowers): 600 yds (549m) in Christmas Red

Needles and Other Materials

Size 11 (8mm) 24” (60cm) circular needles
Stitch markers
Tapestry needle
Sewing needle
Nylon beading thread
Noni Best Sew in or Amazing Magnetic Snap Closure
6 - 12 Noni 24mm bag feet
11.25 x 13.5 in sheet of stiffener
30” Noni custom YKK zipper with 2 bottom stops (optional)
2 acrylic purse handles

Camellia Flowers
Size 11 (8mm) set of double-pointed needles

Pictured Samples

All of the bags pictured were created using Stonehedge Fiber Mill’s Shepherd’s Wool. Smallish Baguette pictured in White and Pewter. Medium-Sized bag pictured in Christmas Red and Garnet. Rather Huge bag pictured in Black and Granite with Christmas Red camellias.

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