Needlepoint/Flap bag


Is it necessary to do a special stitch or spacing to facilitate a fold over for a flap on a bag?  The canvas is 18 x18, but i want the finished bag to be 12 x 18 wide with a 6" flap.
Thank you.

Hi Paula,

Needlepoint finishing is not one of my strengths, especially construction of a hand bag or carry satchel of some sort.

Allow me to ask if you are using tent stitch, or other decorative stitches on the canvas?  Also, I would like to know what the canvas gauge is...?

Without knowing those, I will answer that most of your finished canvases, after being washed and blocked, can be treated like most any heavier textile.  Once the sizing is washed out, the finished canvas loses much if its stiffness, so it really will behave like a thick, upholstery fabric.

If I haven't been able to answer your question, please let me know more about your project and I will see what other help I can provide.


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Henry Babcock


I learned needlepoint, knitting, sewing, etc. from my grandmother over 35 years ago. I can answer most questions on the subject of needlepoint. I know about producing needlepoint as well as cleaning, repairing and restoring.

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