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Victorian Craft: 1860s Bag

on December 11, 2011 – 3:10 am

An elegant “travelling-bag” was featured in Godey’s Lady’s Book in 1864. The bag was designed similar to the early 19th century silk miser purse (with the opening in the middle), only much larger, and was carried over the arm. For modern day use, this bag is very easy to be worked up, being, in fact, nothing but a purse of very large dimensions. The embroidery can easily be dispensed with, and a useful bag can be made of plain materials, such as denim, wool, canvas, or even leather.  So when your food store asks, “Paper or plastic?” go green with a stylish reusable shopping bag. Start with simple instructions to make this Civil War era bag as a useful holiday gift.

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