Mend it Monday #5

An idea devised by The Snail of Happiness

Another shopping bag has succumbed to wear and tear. One of the handles has stretched and torn beyond repair, and the one on the other side is heading the same way.

Time for new handles.

I bought this fabric in the John Lewis department store in London in the 1990s, to make a roman blind for the bathroom in my flat. I dearly loved the colours and the rich, nubbly texture, and I was happy about 10 years later to make myself a simple shoulder bag from the same stuff (I’d bought lots, the end of a bolt). I still hadn’t finished it up by the time I emigrated to Australia, and it came with me. The offcut from the earlier blind project was just right for making bag handles. It’s not the neatest job ever, but it works.

And do you know what?  I still have some left!

That’s better.

26 thoughts on “Mend it Monday #5

  1. magpiesue says:

    Those handles liven up what seems to otherwise be a very plain bag. 🙂

    • katechiconi says:

      It’s plain blue with a white ‘Landcare’ logo printed on it (Landcare is a not for profit organisation devoted to mending damage to the local environment, manned by volunteers). I liked the fabric as a small zing of colour. I also liked the idea of mending something instead of throwing it out, as a nod to Landcare’s aims.

  2. Marty K says:

    Snazzy handles! We’re not able to use any reusable bags right now, so I’ll have to wait until later to steal…er…borrow (yeah, that’s it, BORROW) your idea.

    Hope you had a nice Mothers’ Day.

    • katechiconi says:

      It’s not stealing, er, borrowing if I make you a gift of it! My Mother’s Day consisted mainly of reminding the Husband to ring his mum, having already bought, written and given her the card when she visited some days ago. I’m not a mum myself, and my own died 36 years ago, so it tends to be pretty quiet for me!

  3. nanacathy2 says:

    It’s very pretty fabric, and you have had your money’s worth for sure.

  4. tialys says:

    I do love a fabric that keeps on giving.

  5. claire93 says:

    works brilliantly, could almost be why you’ve been holding on to this fabric for so long! And you say you have leftovers . . . so all future bag repair jobs will be a doddle ^^

  6. If you hadn’t told me I would have thought the handles were the originals. I love fabric that starts as bought for one thing and then gets used in smaller and smaller bits until there is none left!

    • katechiconi says:

      So do I! I recently used the last tiny snippet of a fabric I was totally in love with. Now, it hangs in a pair of quilts above our bed, so I’ll always be able to look at it. This stuff’s too thick for quilting, so it’s good to have a use that will let me see it regularly!

  7. There’s a thrill to using bits of fabric that have a backstory isn’t there? I worked at a fabric store when I was in college and of course, even then, couldn’t stop myself from scooping up incredible bargains. (Still have untouched brocade and fake fur I bought at 18 years old…) One swath of fabric I bought, for just pennies, was a soft cotton blend with multi-colored flowers against white. Years later I used much of it to make a shower curtain and matching bathroom curtain. Over the years I cut it into little girl sundresses and quilt patches. Now I’m using it to make masks. There’s still plenty left to become something else. Each time I dig it out of the fabric stash I am a teenaged college student standing at the counter of that Lakewood, Ohio store smoothing my hands on this fabric and wondering what I’ll make of it.

    • katechiconi says:

      Wow! Unused brocade and fake fur would be yelling at me to make an elaborate winter house robe, ideally lined with something super snuggly! I love the ‘continuous creation’ process for your pretty cotton floral print, always becoming something new and useful and cheerful. My fabric reminds me of the trip to the West Indies I took the year I got it; the water was *exactly* those colours…

  8. Emmely says:

    Some fabrics just keep on giving! 😉

  9. rutigt says:

    You can never have too many bags!

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